Au Petit Cafe – Banh Mi Pilgrimage (4th Stop)

After my previous bánh mì pilgrimage visits to Kim Chau Deli, Tung Hing Bakery and Ba Le Deli & Bakery on Kingsway, I ended my trip at Au Petit Café located on Main Street.  While a little further away, it was well worth the trip.  Now, unlike the other 3 bánh mì spots, Au Petit is an actual full-fledged restaurant (albeit small) and serves a number of other dishes other than bánh mì.  I think Eating in Vancouver put it best by describing this place as a “hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese joint” but that didn’t seem to dissuade the number of diners that were already there (most of which were of a more advanced age).

Au Petit Cafe’s bánh mì includes homemade ham, house meat ball, veggies, and hot peppers for $4.75 plus tax (I think the price went up recently) and is the most expensive of the sandwiches that I tried today.  The bun is also one of the shorter but poofier of the lot.  Despite this, the sandwich was still very flaky and I could hear the crunch when I bit into it.  Au Petit also had the most paté of the bánh mì that I tried and the hot pepper added a good deal of slow-burning heat to the meal.  Of all of the bánh mì I tried, Au Petit had the most fragrant aroma (vinegar?).

Can you tell which bánh mì came from which store?

From top to bottom:  Au Petit Cafe, Ba Le Deli & Bakery, Tung Hing Bakery and Kim Chau Deli (x2).

From left to right: Au Petit Cafe, Ba Le Deli & Bakery, Tung Hing Bakery and Kim Chau Deli (x2).

Food:  4 / 5
Service:  3 / 5

4851 Main Street
Vancouver, BC

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Posted on December 3, 2011, in Deli, Restaurant Review, Sandwiches, Vietnamese and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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