One Saigon serves Vietnamese dishes
Mrs. C and I met for lunch and we both needed a quick pho fix. 1S seemed like a good choice. We sat down in the tiny restaurant and were impressed with the cleanliness of the place. Service is basically counter service, so can’t really rate it except it was fast. The w/c is in a labyrinth behind the shop, but it was very clean.
We had the usual spring rolls and beef pho, and both were quite good. The spring rolls weren’t greasy, and there were 4 per order so quite generous for the price. The pho was also tasty, but nothing special. All the food came in disposable containers, so the planet isn’t going to benefit much from this restaurant.
We were in and out fast, our bellies were full and our pockets still had money in them, so it was a good lunch. Plus there aren’t many alternatives downtown
We went to this place thinking it might be bigger, it is just a bit larger than sandwich shop size however we did have a good experience here.
Very friendly person greeted us and asked if we were dining in so I assume they do a take away menu. The menu isn't huge but enough choice for us.
Our food came out quickly, and it was very good indeed. The portions weren't huge but just enough which we liked very much. The Vietnamese Iced Coffee was really good.
The restaurant was half full, they had people coming and going all the time.
The restaurant was "cafe" looking but it was clean and decent looking.
For three people with 3 courses and a starter and coffee the bill came to $30 so quite a bargain for what we had.
I don't know if I will be able to stretch it to the minimum word limit ;) but will try.
I've found this little hole in the wall only recently, after complaining about the lack of good Vietnamese places in downtown. Not surprising, it's not the type of food one would pay a lot for to justify paying rents in the area. I consider the food the epitome of cheap (the good kind): it's affordable, hot, tasty, nutritious, filling and quick.
This place is TINY. It's the width of a couple of doors, but manages to squeeze in a couple of tables and a small bar, and does good take-out business. It also seems to be open 7 days and long hours. It manages a decent ambiance for the size, with the decor, furnishings, and appropriately ethnic staff.
I have gone in there specifically after reading a review somewhere of their sandwiches/baguettes. For those wo have not tried them, they are a uniquely Vietnamese experience, a blend of local and French influence, like much of what we know as Vietnamese cuisine.
I had sandwiches at other places, but they are not the style I am used to (I moved from Calgary a few years ago). They're always too... sour? not sure what description I'm looking for.
This place gets it right for my taste buds. The sandwich buns are glazed and crispy on the outside, and perfect dough on the inside. The BBQ beef is just perfectly done, with sweet peanut sauce, shredded carrot and silantro, and, sniff, reminds me of home.
At some point I intend to also give their other items a try, I'm a huge fan of Pho, and it is actually hard to find a good soup. This may turn out to be a regular destination for me for those "working from home" days.
Thanks for the review "chasiubow". We really appreciate it. We actually just took over from the previous owner on December 1st, 2007 and I'm glad that you noticed it was clean. We literally had a SWAT team cleaning the place 2 days straight.
As for the disposable containers, it's our Top Priority to get that fixed ASAP. We're currently limited to containers because the restaurant doesn't have a dishwasher; therefore the City would not allow us to serve food in real bowls and dishes. Our goal is to change this by the end of January 2008.
Expect many more changes to come!!!
This is one of the only places to get a bowl of pho in the downtown core. The rub is that they only server chicken pho in strip and ball formats. On my first visit I was not overly impressed with the chicken but appreciated the broth which didn't seem to be so msg intensive as pho customarily is. This last visit sidelined me for 45 minutes as I had to wait for the storm in my stomach to calm. Needless to say, there will not be a return trip to try their sandwiches.
It's hard to find a place to snag a good old fashioned Vietnames baguette sandwich these days. Most pho shops just can't be bothered (clearly the amount of work versus profit margin is lesser on a sandwich.)
I was pleased to discover One Saigon downtown on Hornby 2 blocks from where I work. Also on the block you can get sushi, falafel's, "French" sandwiches, and even Tim Horton's.
It's $4.50 for a baguette (a buck less for just veggies) which really isn't too stiff. I like the grilled chicken. I usually eat in to get a few cups of their very fine tea. Luckily I can set my own lunch and usually arrive before the noon rush.
I go once a week on Monday when the $7.50 lunch special is one baguette, salad roll and pop of choice. I sometimes bump the pop up to a V8 juice for 50 cents and save for a snack later.
The shop is pretty narrow, the staff are young and friendly. The clientele are ESL students and local 9-5er's.
For first-timers interested in a sandwich I'd go on Thursday's when 2 baguettes are the special for $7.50.
Dined here recently because I had a craving, and it didnt disappoint.
Service was fast, we got 2 bowls of beef pho and an order of salad rolls. The rolls were ok, mostly noodles but tasted fresh.
The pho was flavourful, it hit the spot.
Service was friendly in this TINY restaurant, i'll be back.
I just returned from One Saigon. The food was good and service was very fast.
The menu is very simple but the quality was good. I would have liked to have more choice in the type of meat in my pho.
The service was VERY fast. We barely were seated after ordering at the counter before the food was brought out. This really added a lot of value because it saved time.
At $6.50 a bowl for beef pho I will definitely return.
Being the concierge at ther Sheraton Wall Centre hotel on the next block down, I come here every now and then for lunch.
It is the only place in the general vicinity to get vietnamese food and pho. And when I had a craving one day for pho, I was so relieved to find it so conveniently located in the downtown district. Not too far from Robson Street, and the only vietnamese restaurant within the radius of a myriad of hotels.
Their next challenge is their food. I must say that the chicken pho I had was decent. Not amazing. Decent taste - but only seasoned by some basic flavour. I found a lack of dimension in the soup. THe noodles were however, pretty good. Chicken was scarce. Presentation was pretty good too. I've also tried their specia menus, for the most part it is a very decent value.
This restaurant has potential of becoming a 'hidden gem' given some more consideration into flavourizing their dishes. Compliments to the lemon-grass chicken; complaint for the small rations of it.
Overall a decent lunch spot. Lots potential with the right considerations made. I will be baaack!
Sheraton Wall Centre