I needed to buy lunch one weekday and luckily for me, both Craig and Edith were in the same boat. Since it was a cold and rainy day, we decided to go for pho and Edith mentioned that she found a pretty good place downtown called Joyeux Cafe and we wouldn’t have to walk very far.
From the outside, you would never guess that there was pho or Vietnamese food instead. I have actually walked past Joyeux Cafe several times and did not know they served pho! Inside, Joyeux Cafe seems to have an eclectic mix of menu offerings from brunch to sandwiches to Vietnamese food.
I decided to order the special beef noodle, which had a little of everything, including beef brisket, tendon, tripe, and beef balls. There was no option to choose the size of the noodle soup but the bowl that was brought to me was actually quite large. The noodles themselves were pretty good and I was quite impressed with the abundance of meat products in my noodle soup. I had been to another Vietnamese place downtown and they probably had only 1/2 the amount of meat and actually cost slightly more. The soup base itself was pretty standard and not spectacular, but again, was one of the better ones I’ve had downtown.
Edith told me that Joyeux Cafe fills up quite quickly during the busy lunch hour and it can be hard to find a seat at times. Luckily for us, we did not go for lunch until close to 2PM that day so it was easy for us to find a table for 3. Orders are made at the front counter and your dish(es) will be brought to your table.
551 Howe Street, Vancouver