Non La Vegetarian Cafe

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):

Photo of Non La Vegetarian Cafe on University Avenue in Charlottetown, housed in an older home freshly paint brown.

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.

Inside the restaurant, showing cash area, refrigerated case, and decor, which features faux grey brick wallpaper trimmed with faux green leaf border.

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!).

Oliver holding a sandwich from Non La in his hand: a baguette filled with vegetables and herbs.

Non La is having its official grand opening from November 18 to 25, 2020, and offering 15% off all orders that week.

Banner ad for Non La's grand opening next week.

Thanks to Martin and his foodie contact for pointing the way.


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Ton Zijlstra on November 12, 2020 - 01:22 Permalink

Non la...From the front, it seems the building is wearing a green one.

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Sandy on November 12, 2020 - 08:14 Permalink

I am glad that you made it there. I picked up some takeout a couple of weeks ago and had fully intended to mention it to you. Alex loved her pho and I enjoyed the bánh mì. And the owners were so sweet.