Au Petit Cafe is a little Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street (between East 32nd & 33rd). Many Vietnamese sub joints in Vancouver are true hole-in-the-walls, but this one in particular just seems extra (ghetto) spartan. Nothing really in particular, maybe it’s the ’80s pink decor, but it’s more like just the vibe of the restaurant. However, I don’t frequent pho/banh mi joints for their ambiance. Anyway, the server was super friendly and attentive – although we were the only customers in the restaurant. It was strange time of day, around 3pm – too late for lunch, but too early for dinner.
Their menu offers unique ban mi fixings like “curry beef stew”, but we stuck to more traditional items and ordered a couple Vietnamese sandwiches, spring rolls, and iced-coffee: #1. Banh Mi Dac Biet ($4.50) – Homemade ham, house meat ball, vegetables, and hot peppers on French bread. #2. Banh Mi Thit Nguoi ($3.50) – Homemade ham, liver pate, vegetables, and hot peppers on French bread. Both sandwiches were pretty good. The bread was fresh and crunchy on the outside, but had a soft and chewy interior – and there were ample fixings. #10. Vietnamese Spring Rolls ($6.50) – Four rolls, nicely deep-fried with extra crispy exteriors, and piping hot interiors. Iced Coffee ($3.15) – A standard French dark roast Vietnamese coffee, poured over ice and condensed milk. Plastic cups makes me feel like I’m camping, or three years old again. But it wasn’t a big deal. Overall, Au Petit Cafe is a decent hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joint that will satisfy most banh mi cravings. FYI: Closed on Wednesdays