This amazing bakery is the most authentic and tastiest among all cafes serving specialising in Vietnamese subs. The cafe has recently undergone a facelift, with new paint on the walls and new chairs, though the atmosphere is still created by the Vietnamese folk who frequent this cafe for lively conversation, or to play cards or Chinese chess. The servers barely speak English, adding to the authentic atmosphere. One might as well be in Vietnam!
The subs are made with amazing French-style Vietnamese baguettes - light and fluffy inside with a crunchy crust. The pate is second to none in taste and not too salty. The carrots and daikon are pickled to perfection, and the fillings, including mixed Vietnamese cold cuts (the ubiquitous Paris Special), crushed pork meat balls, bbq pork, among others, are very tasty indeed.
The iced coffee with condensed milk is the best I've had in Vancouver - the most similar to what I had in Vietnam.
Recent competition across the street (The Red Pagoda) has resulted in delightful additions to the menu, including new sandwiches and pho (not on the menu).
I have been eating here for five years and the food has remained consistent throughout that time. I must say that the sandwiches are even tastier than the ones I had in Vietnam.
Even better than the taste of the food is its value for money. Today, my husband and I had three sub sandwiches and two iced coffees for $17.50! Prices have gone up slightly over time, but are still amazingly affordable.
Though there are lots of tables, there is no table service. One must order one's food at the counter and pay up front. This is once again an authentic Vietnamese experience, as all food and drink stalls there operate in this way.
Try Paris Bakery Cafe - you won't be disappointed by the food, prices or the characters who run and frequent the place. A little taste of Vietnam!
I have been here a couple of times and notice the same things each time. The Vietnamese subs are pretty good. The bread could be fresher but is still not too bad. The selection of things they serve is pretty small and the display was rather bare. The restaurant itself doesn't seem as though much effort was put into it but it was fairly clean except for the newspaper sections scattered all over the tables. The service is bad. The prices are comparable to anywhere else that serves the same thing. The last time I was there, I was getting hungry and was craving bahn mi so I had stopped in for a sandwich. The girl behind the counter was busy talking with some guy and ignored me completely. The guy she was chatting with wasn't even in need of service and wasn't buying food. It took over ten minutes of politely trying to get her attention before she finally acknowledged that I was there with a snotty expression and eye roll. "Just a minute" and she kept on chatting for several minutes before he finally left and she took my order. I almost walked out. If there were anywhere else in the area for Vietnamese subs there is no way I would've stayed. After she finally decided to provide service to her paying customers, I placed my order and she was extremely slow. And I mean sloooooow beyond belief! She was still doing a whole lot of standing there doing nothing. She had turned what could have been a quick stop into at least a half hour of needless waiting for a simple sandwich and a can of soda. The food isn't bad but they could use more of a selection as well as some respect for their customers. I'm not sure if I will be returning. I kind of doubt it. The sandwich itself was ok but I left in a bad mood due to the horrible service. I also wonder if I only liked the food because I was starving by the time I finally got my order.