I met up with a new friend at Joyeaux Cafe recently since it was the mid-point between our offices. They had good reviews so I had high expectations for them. Sadly they weren’t met, especially after my great experience at Red Pagoda.
The interior was a bit dark and the decor was dated but the high ceilings made it feel extra spacious. The walls are covered with photos of the menu items and the menu is extensive and consists of the usual pho, vermicelli and rice options as well as breakfast options, lunch specials and vegetarian specials. Read more
Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Sherman (Sherman’s Food Adventures) was organizing a tasting for Chachi’s at Metrotown and kindly invited me to come along. =)
Chachi’s is a chain restaurant from Calgary and the Metrotown location is their first location in BC. They are located in the food court and the sandwiches are better than expected considering that they’re in the food court! Keep reading to find out which ones were my favourite! Read more
I had read some reviews for Mr. Red Cafe and seen lots of great pictures so I convinced my co workers to go with me. We love trying new restaurants! Mr. Red Cafe specializes in Northern Vietnamese cuisine and I wanted to see what that was like but I don’t have much to compare it to.
We had the Special Sticky Rice with mung bean, pate, pickled carrots, dried squid and shredded chicken. The rice was nice and chewy and had a bit of flavour from the banana leaf? The mix of ingredients was interesting too but I think I would’ve liked it better if it was mixed in like fried rice. The dish was smaller than I imagined though. I like how the food is served on the woven straw mat instead of a plate.
I had a craving for banh mi sandwiches and I had heard a lot about Au Petit Cafe so that’s where we went for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. There was a small line up and we waited about 20 mins before we got a table. The interior is not very big and we ended up seated right next to the cash register counter.
We started with a Shrimp Salad Roll. The peanut sauce was really good and the salad roll had large pieces of shrimp. I’m not a fan of salad rolls though since it feels like I’m eating salad with peanut sauce. But otherwise it was alright.
This was the Banh Mi with house made ham, house made meat balls, vegetables and hot peppers. You also have the option of not getting any hot peppers. We got one sandwich with hot peppers and one without.
The meat ball had a really soft texture almost like it wasn’t cooked but it was and it was nicely marinated.
We also shared the Banh Mi with shredded Vietnamese pork, vegetables and hot peppers. Compared to the first sandwich, I missed the meat ball! The shredded pork wasn’t that flavourful. The bread was still the same crunchy toasted baguette though. It also wasn’t too hard to eat but if you leave it for too long the bread will get harder. The hot peppers weren’t really that hot to me but I like spicy things.
While I was there I noticed that a lot of people were getting take out and they also had a lot of phone calls for take out as well. That’s a good option if you don’t want to wait! Overall I was satisfied with their sandwiches and they were so cheap and filling!