Non la is the name for a traditional Vietnamese conical hat; it’s also the name of a new vegetarian café on University Avenue (bringing the number of Vietnamese restaurants in Charlottetown to nine; I’ve updated the map accordingly):
Although today was the Remembrance Day holiday here in Charlottetown, Non La was open, and I took the opportunity of Oliver and I being home for the day to place an online order; we then walked up, in the late autumn sunshine, to pick it up.
Despite having ordered 30 minutes previous to our arrival, we had to wait a bit for our order–two bánh mì, a smoothie and a brown coffee–to be ready. We were given glasses of water and invited to sit while we waited; there’s a pleasant little dining room out front with seating for about 8 people.
The wait was worth it: we collected our food and walked over to the Prince Street School steps to eat it. The bread was perfect, and the sandwich well-spiced and very tasty. Non La catapults to near the top of my bánh mì preferences in the city (imagine being able to have enough places to get bánh mì in Charlottetown that one can have preferences!).
Non La is having its official grand opening from November 18 to 25, 2020, and offering 15% off all orders that week.
Thanks to Martin and his foodie contact for pointing the way.