One Saigon Bahn Mi’s

bahn mi

In an increasingly difficult struggle to find decent lunch places close to my work, I recently ended up at One Saigon on Hornby Street. A cute little Vietnamese place tucked into a row of storefronts, it’s otherwise unassuming, but the decor is bright and clean and the lunch is both tasty and good value.

Not feeling for my usual pho, we ordered special bánh mìs (although they call them “baguettes” this close to downtown), with a prawn and green papaya salad and a pork salad roll to start. Another friend ordered Combo #2 with grilled marinated pork and spring rolls on vermicelli and veggies, which I didn’t try but which looked delicious.

The pork salad roll ($3.00) was quite tasty, but we could have done without the prawn and green papaya salad ($5.00). Not only because it was somewhat dried out and bland, but also because it was too much food. By the time my special bánh mì ($4.75) arrived, filled with cold cuts, more pork roll, sui mai, cucumber, carrots, daikon, cilantro, jalapeño and various sauces, I was already starting to get full. Which was unfortunate, because it was easily the best part of lunch. I regretted not ordering the special (2 sandwiches for $8.00) and keeping one for lunch the next day.

Luckily it’s close by and with the various combo deals, it will take me a while to get sick of it. When the rain sets in again, I bet I’ll be slurping up a lot of their pho.

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One Saigon
979 Hornby Street, Vancouver



  1. Celeste

    There is a Vietnamese restaurant on Main St.
    just past 25th.
    I often went there for lunch (spring rolls)
    I laughed because the waiter always greets loudly and sometimes with, “hello my darling”.
    I really enjoy your blog writing.
    It has really kept me connected to Vancouver.
    I am counting the days until we return.

  2. Jules

    I used to eat here all the time when I worked up the street. Not sure if they are still the same owners, but the food was always really fresh and they were always very good to us.

    The lemongrass chicken is delicious.

  3. binh

    Jules, we took over as the new management since December 2007. If you’re in the area, please drop by again.

  4. Cassandra

    Hey Degan….I have a lunch for 4 I won for this a while ago, so let’s get some people together and go again! Looks descent.


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