I work downtown. I often don’t have a lot of time for lunch, but sometimes I like to enjoy a sit-down lunch meal with friends that is both fast and tasty. If there is a name for business lunch in Vietnamese it should be Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant.
It’s efficient, but try to get there before noon if you can. Get in the long line to order and by the time you reach the counter to pay, they have maybe taken your order and found a place for you to sit. So don’t be discouraged by the long line.
The food is excellent, if you like Vietnamese food, after all it is a Vietnamese restaurant. If you want to share, try the ‘salad rolls’ which are Vietnamese Chả giò fried spring rolls, ($3-ish). I like the Pork rolls, nicely spiced and filling. I usually have the Lemongrass grilled chicken or pork chop on jasmin rice ($8-ish). Portions are generous. Sometimes I have their Vietnamese noodle soups, or Pho, piping hot broth with beef brisket which come with fresh herbs and bean sprouts, and lime to give it a fresh crunch ($8-ish). Pretty economical for a sit down lunch! Very filling.
Finish it off with a strong Cà phê sữa đá, or Vietnamese Coffee ($3.50-ish) which has been percolating since you sat down, sweet and potent, and I’m set for another 6 hours of work!
Joyeaux Cafe & Restaurant
551 Howe Street – Between Dunsmuir and Pender Sts