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Review of Cafe Indochine

Cafe Indochine
Ranked #1,096 of 2,808 Restaurants in Ottawa
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We have been going to this little cafe in the Byward Market since it opened in 1997 - full menu can be found at: cafeindochine.blogspot.com They serve many different types of soups, appetizers, salads, rice dishes, vermicelli dishes as well as a list of house specialties (everything is prepared fresh). The also have a lengthy vegetarian menu for those looking for healthy choices. The staff are very polite and friendly and try hard to take care of your every need. Having lunch or dinner at Cafe Indochine is like coming home and having a family member cook your favorite meal. We can't say enough about this charming little restaurant. It's intimate enough for a romantic lunch or dinner for two and large enough for a group outing as well.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This rather unprepossessing looking restaurant/café with tables out on the street as well as tables inside served wonderful flavourful Vietnamese food. The ingredients were beautifully fresh and nicely prepared and presented and the price was right - extremely good value for money. The service was good and the staff very nice & polite.

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1  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We were at Bywater market looking for food. To avoid the usual Italian or pub-grub fare, we decided on this little Vietnamese place.

We had a sweet and sour soup, spring rolls, a bowl of pho, and a banana-leaf roasted trout.

The soup and spring rolls were nicely done; the spring roll has a thin delicate skin and doesn't drown out the appetite.

While I am quite particular about the soup in a pho, the soup in this pho is quite nicely done, nothing really amazing, but certainly way better than passable (wish I can say the same for many other pho establishments). The pho has a slight buttery taste that certainly comes from the beef stock, and the spices were very light but tangible. The noodles and beef are nice, but nothing extraordinary.

The roasted trout I had was perfectly cooked, with a good charcoal aroma to it. The banana leaf also provided flavour rather than just decoration.

We also had desserts, inexpensive and decently done.

However, the restaurant is not new nor beautiful, though the seating is comfortable and the food definitely compensates for this.

This is a nice little place near Bywater; less expensive than the main fares. I would recommend it.

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2  Thank Brian O
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

We go to this place when ever we are in Ottawa - wonderful waitress who remembers us even when our last visit was 6 months ago. Love the black bean/scallop/eggplant dish and my husband loves the hot and sour pineapple soup.

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Thank Addy_1212
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

This place was too cute to pass up, small cozy spot looks better than it is.

Our first sign that it might not be great was the extra young waitress with a bit of an unpleasant attitude, why would anyone leave their business to be run by a teenager ??

- appetizers were not bad, fresh rolls and wonton wrapped shrimps, but they were served with nontraditional fish sauce.
- we also ordered shrimp on rice, the shrimps were old, smelly and disgusting, the chef smothered them in a mystery sauce I can only assume to hide the fact that they were no good.
- Deep fried sweet potatoes and shrimp weren't bad bud we didn't dare eat the shrimp. Once again this came with a fish sauce.

We had a completely uneaten dish on the table and of course the waitress did not ask if it was no good, if we wanted a doggie bag or anything... she chose to ignore it

With so many restaurants in Ottawa, we will not be going back to this one

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