Au Petit Cafe has been serving delicous the Mount Pleasant neighbhourhood for almost two decades. Started in 1996 by the Chinese/Vietnamese Trinh family. Since then au Petit Cafe has become one of Vancouver’s favorite spots for great Pho, Banh Mi (Vietnamese sub sandwiches) and excellent Vietnamese coffee.
The modest but clean interior belies the showcase for Pho that is the Petit Cafe. That is why foodies in the know come from all over Vancouver for favorites like House Banh Mi, curry dishes, Pho (of course), lemongrass chicken and soups.
Or if you want menu shorthand from the pages below, some of their best are: 1-9, 10, 13 14 17 21 23 32 35 36. Their most popular dishes are also displayed in the photo gallery.
The tasty subs are so popular they often sell out shortly after lunch time. Customers from local businesses often come here for lunch or dinner, either sit down or take out when the small restaurant gets full and line ups start crowding the front door.
The prices are astonishing low for the quality of the food. Au Petit Cafe has some of the best Pho around, the stock is wonderfully clear and full of flavour. The Banh Mis go for $5 to $4, which is why you often see people taking several to go. Everything is made on the premises except for the french rolls.
If you have not tried Vietnamese coffee, you owe it to yourself to try it iced or hot. The tiny aluminum drip filter holds a fine ground Vietnamese or French coffee through which the coffee slowly drips into your glass. At the bottom of the glass is a quarter to half as much sweetened condensed milk. No need to add sugar or cream, just wait till the coffee finishes dripping and stir. Pour over a tall glass with ice or if you prefer hot, add some hot water from the provided mini thermos. Absolutely delicious.
The amiable patriarch of the restaurant Ba Nguyen, will often encourage you to try their home made Sriracha sauce, their own fresh and livelier version of the Red Rooster chili sauce.
Au Petit Cafe gets numerous mentions in local restaurant awards and reviews. Their most recent ones are the Bronze Award from Vancouver Magazine for Best Vietnamese and “101 things to taste theme” in Vancouver.