Late last year, the dull Nuns' Island dining scene received a little spark of freshness with the opening of Le Petit Sao in the small Le Village mall. The mother and daughter team behind Brossard's Sao Sao came up with a creative Vietnamese concept served out of a fun, bright locale. Today we checked it out during the midday rush with the hopes that the island finally has a good lunch option.
As with most Vietnamese eateries, pho takes center stage at Le Petit Sao. The menu also features other variations of rice vermicelli served in bowls with grilled or sautéed meats, poultry or seafood. Finally, there is a street food section for the country's iconic banh mi sandwiches.
"pickled carrots, red cabbage, cucumber & rice vermicelli in a rice paper roll"
"beef (rare flank steak), rice noodles, coriander, scallions, onions, bean sprouts, Thai basil & chili pepper in Mama's 6-hour simmered broth"
"3 imperial rolls in a traditional bowl of rice vermicelli served with lettuce, cucumber, pickled carrots, red cabbage, mint and grilled peanuts"
While we definitely enjoyed Sao's concept and food, unfortunately the options today were very limited as the staff "pressures" you to order the pho+roll lunch special (probably to move the lunch line faster), while the sandwich buns were out. We therefore felt a little cheated and won't come up with a final verdict until we try more items off the menu on a future visit.
tagged: DESERVES A RETRY
Price per person: $11.90
"I do live here on Nuns' Island but Le Petit Sao is the best pho (feu) in Montreal , IMHO, and only 10-15 minutes from St.Cath. and University. I've tried the top rated pho on St.Laurent - Chinatown etc., and this is non-pareil and that includes price, service and ambience (cf. "Best Pho of Montreal.") Also since "Petit Sao" is on Nuns' Island, the parking is free. Caution: You should be aware their healthy extra veg pho is addictive especially during our Quebec winters. Many other Viet dishes available but I'd need a detox for a choice other than their Pho. Petit Sao is "busy,busy" 5 days a week for the lunch crowd and you'll notice a "5-7" ambiance. If , like me, you prefer a more relaxed meal try suppertime. (4-8:30)"
"Thanks for the feedback Tom. We have been a couple more times to Le Petit Sao, and consider it the best dining option on the island, that's pho sure ;)"
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