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Le Petit Sao:

Go Pho Lunch

Friday, March 28, 2014

QUICK BITE ASIAN VIETNAMESE NUNS' ISLAND CASUAL <$20

The Pitch

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.

The Food

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.

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Starter

Starter

$3

$3

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Lemongrass-Beef Summer Roll

"pickled carrots, red cabbage, cucumber & rice vermicelli in a rice paper roll"

Pho Tai Nam, Large thumbnail (click to enlarge)

Main

Main

$9.80

$9.80

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Pho Tai Nam, Large

"beef (rare flank steak), rice noodles, coriander, scallions, onions, bean sprouts, Thai basil & chili pepper in Mama's 6-hour simmered broth"

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Main

Main

$8

$8

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Bun Cha Gio

"3 imperial rolls in a traditional bowl of rice vermicelli served with lettuce, cucumber, pickled carrots, red cabbage, mint and grilled peanuts"

The Verdict

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:  $11.9

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