All the positive reviews made me want to try this place out, especially curious about the shrimp meat on sugar cane skewer. My girlfriend and I came here yesterday afternoon for a quick bite.
Their menu is simple and off to the side when you enter. We were looking for takeout so opted for a 5 Spiced Chicken Sub, a Cold Cut Sub for the missy and the infamous Shrimp Meat Sugar Cane Skewer. Everything was made to order so we stood around for about 5-10 minutes while the lady (owner?) busied herself. Worth the wait! The subs were a solid thumbs up. Nice, crusty bread (a bit too dry crusty for me) with ample filling. I especially liked the coarsely chopped veggies with a not too tangy dressing. The chicken filling was of shreadded variety, with a savoury. yet little bit sweet sauce which I couldn't quite put my hands on because I devoured it so quickly. Nice smoldering heat from the chopped jalapenos too. I had a couple of bites of my girlfriend's cold cut which was also tasty. I did notice the cold cut sub was several inches longer than my own sub. The skewer would likely be best eaten immediately. The shrimp meat is blended, similiar in texture to the shrimp crab claws you'd get at chinese restaurants, but with a lingering sweetness from the sugar cane. Good but expensive at $3.50 per skewer.
Service was about as good as one staff could give out. She was thorough enough to open up a menu to show us exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned the sugar cane skewer item. I liked the impression she gave as she looked and felt very friendly.
Nothing much to say about the decor. Very cafe style, if not a little bleak with the open kitchen.
Vietnamese sandwiches are excellent value in general and a much tastier alternative over the Subways and Quiznos, and this one is no exception. It's not extraordinary but definitely one of the better ones out there. The bread makes a huge difference. I live about 40 minutes walking distance away and would have no problem walking over for a pick me up, maybe two.
This place has apparently been around for a few years, but I just came across it a couple of months ago. It's super clean, but the look is really simple and functional.
I've tried a few things on the menu, and they're all good. But the regular cold cuts sub is the best, with great, soft, chewy bread that's crispy on the outside. I also tried the 5-spice chicken, but I don't think it suited my taste. I overheard a lot of other people ordering it though. The salad roll is nice and fresh, comes with prawns or chicken. Couldn't quite figure out the sauce...was it peanut or hoisin? Whatever, it was tasty.
People there are friendly and helpful. Great place for a quick bite to eat.
I used to go to the saigon cafe to get their Vietnamese subs. They were always fresh and carefully prepared. After not being able to go for so many years, I decided to go back again because I really miss their subs. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed. I think the owner has changed and it's no longer the saigon cafe that I used to know.
They now have a wide selection on their menu, including pho and vermicelli etc. I ordered the chicken sub and also the spring rolls. The chicken sub was okay, it did taste different from it used to be, but it was alright. The spring rolls were horrible. They were drenched in dark brown oil and it was quite gross. I guess the oil's been sitting there forever so it gives a bitter taste to the spring rolls. It's very unappetizing thinking that all these dirty oil goes into your body with the spring rolls. With this kind of work ethic, you'll know how good the other food is on their menu.
It's really a great disappointment and I know I'll never return.
i was pretty satisfied with their food. it tasted nice, slightly better than my expectation. i just didn't like their fried cracker on my food(looked like a fried wonton but i don't know what that's called) because it was greasy. good price for the portion and the ingredients. i would give 3.5 stars for the value if the option were available.
the staffs were friendly enough to me. the place, however, was rather messy. the tables and chairs looked dirty. i guess it's because of their location.
Yummy! I had their vegetarian sandwich and 2 shrimp rolls. The sandwich is so tasty. The baguette is warm and fresh, and the veggies have an incredible dressing on them. Watch out, the sandwich comes with cilantro, which I can't stand. But, when the waitress noticed me picking off the copious amounts of the weed, she made me a new one without me even asking for it. Sweet.
I also tried the shrimp wrapped around sugar cane, and that was by far my favourite. My roommates ordered that, next time I will too! The food I had was also incredibly filling. I couldn't finish it all, and I was full all day. Great value.
What I liked best though was the staff. They were so friendly and so happy to be serving us the delicious food they had made for us. Will definitely go back.
Everything was prepared fresh. Without me having to ask, the counter person/chef put the broth in one container and meat and veggies in another for my pho (take out). We tried the pho, shrimp on a sugarcane stick, chicken sandwich, and shrimp salad rolls. All were excellent. Will return when back in Vancouver.
Well, having lived along SE Marine for a year, I had only just discovered this little gem at the intersection of Main and SE Marine.
I really didn't know what to expect- I was just craving salad wraps. Well, suffice to say, after going in and seeing the variety of wonderful tasties they had to offer, I didn't go for the salad wrap after all. Instead, I had their shrimp supreme- a dish of deep fried shrimp meat wrapped around a sugar cane stick, along with a vietnamese spring roll and green onion topped rice vermicelli. DELICIOUS!
The spring rolls were to die for- best I've had thus far (with an excellent dipping sauce). The ambiance was very nice- the place was cozy, air-conditioned and absolutely clean (bathroom was spotless).
I also tried their five-spice chicken Vietnamese sandwich- it was wonderful, with the baguette served very crispy, warm and fresh. This place is definitely a jewel for anyone looking for great tasting food at amazingly cheap prices- perfect for a lazy afternoon of lounging with friends or with a book.
The gf and I have been to quite a few Vietnamese places around Vancouver & Richmond. There is mixed quality throughout the city, but we always come back to Saigon Fare.
The Pho is the right flavour (the gf has spent a lot of time in Vietnam), the Bahn Mi are good (better than the deli on Kingsway), the vermicelli combos are tasty.
Great value for money in a relaxed, tidy, clean, atmosphere with friendly service.
I go to this place whenever I don't bring lunch. I usually have on the Vietnamese Sandwiches. I wish I could find the baguettes they use, so fresh and crispy! The cold cut or spicy meatballs is really good and for only $3.50 you can't go wrong. Staff is always friendly and they remember each time not to put cilantro in my sandwiches without me asking. They're soup and curry are also very good. This is one of the few good bistros on SE marine dr.
I've been going to the Saigon Fare Cafe, right on the northeast corner of Main and Marine, for some time now. I've tried most of their dishes, and met all of their staff, including the owner, who was kind enough to sit down and talk with me for a while about my experiences with the cafe. The food is delicious and affordable, and the staff is friendly and accomadating, readily recommending their best dishes and welcoming a friendly face. I highly reccomend the Saigon Fare, as it's a great place to stop by in the middle of the day and pick up a quick lunch, or just a snack and a coffee.