Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant

Location: 551 Howe Street, Vancouver

IMG_1996.jpg

I recently went out for lunch with my mother downtown and she says she’s a regular at this Vietnamese restaurant. If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me. First impression, the menu is on the wall and it took me a minute to find where the noodle soups were. There is probably less than a handful of options for pho but definitely more rice dishes, western options, and desserts.

IMG_1997.jpg

There are also two options of ordering, a. sit down and wait for service or b. you do it the Portland way and order at the counter. (you get a number).

In terms of the food, my mom ordered desserts for herself which included the coconut sticky rice which is sticky rice with banana in the middle topped with a scoop of coconut cream. This was the first time I had this dish in Vancouver and I recently had it in Ho Chi Minh City. Taste is very similar but definitely not as fresh and warm as the original.

IMG_1999.jpg

I ordered the brisket pho. I noticed that the soup looked rich and full of flavour. As I lifted the noodles, I can tell that the thickness is a lot more narrow that I’m accustomed to. Briskets were full on chunks of brisket instead of the traditional thin slices which is a welcomed sight. Soup has this Chinese style brisket flavour to it and comes with carrots and daikon. Definitely very tasty and it was under $10.

In terms of service, it’s one of the slower Vietnamese places i’ve been to. Generally pho places bring out the orders probably within 5 minutes of ordering.

Overall, I’d recommend this restaurant because of the desserts which are very authentic and the soup wasn’t bad at all.

Rating: 4/5

Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato