Oi Café & Bakery: Authentic Vietnamese street food
2129 Broad Street
Welcome to bright and cheerful Oi Café & Bakery at 2129 Broad Street, where a long-time Regina entrepreneur and her baker husband cook and bake tasty, fresh, and oh-so-affordable treats that are true to the spirit and style of authentic Vietnamese street food! This passionate and positive couple has had the tenacity to open in the midst of a pandemic, and their delicious and easy-on-the-budget menu is already receiving rave reviews and a loyal following from their customers. Check out some of the glowing comments on their Facebook page: @oicafebakery
Oi Café and Bakery is committed to keeping it fresh and affordable (as well as safe, under current COVID-19 conditions). The owners and their friendly staff will greet you with a smile (from behind their plexi counter shields), offer you a squirt of hand sanitizer, and then you’re free to get to the fun part – trying to decide which of their yummy offerings you’d like to order! You have the option to grab and go, or to sit and enjoy at one of the cute and clean bistro tables in Oi’s bright and plant-filled window-front eating area. Open seven days a week and offering dine-in, take-out, and even catered options, Oi Café & Bakery has you covered for breakfast, lunch, or supper (or anything in-between!).
Choose from one of their authentic banhmi (Vietnamese sub-style sandwiches; various meat or vegetarian options available) and a hot or cold drink for under $9! Or get a teriyaki rice plate ($9-11), a hearty noodle bowl ($9, and mine was big enough for two servings!), soup ($6-9), avocado toast w/ egg ($9), or an assortment of sizable sweet or savoury buns (under $2 each!!) – note: if you want a coconut bun, you’d better go early, as they often sell out by mid-afternoon! Beverage options include sweet, strong Vietnamese iced coffee or cool and creamy milk tea, bubble tea, fresh fruit/veg-infused juices and iced teas, as well as more typical café fare such as espresso, Americano, cappuccino, lattes and London Fogs.
Current hours of operation:
8 am to 7 pm Mon-Fri
Though she originally came to Canada on a student visa in the mid-90s, Oi Café’s owner has many years of experience in restaurants and is a trained esthetician as well. She previously owned two restaurants in Regina – one downtown and one in the east end in the Victoria Square Mall – each of which she sold when her two children arrived and she needed to stay home with them. Now she shares personal and professional success with her second-husband, who has experience working in bakeries back in Vietnam, which accounts for the high quality of Oi Café’s buns and pastries, all baked in-house! This dynamic duo’s entrepreneurial passion and can-do attitude is remarkable: not only have they recently opened Oi Café & Bakery, against great odds, but this month also plan to open another Oi Café location on Chuka Blvd., and a nail salon – Orchid Salon & Spa, 2125 Broad Street – right next door to their current café location. The wife in this entrepreneurial couple is also already the owner of Studio 13 hair salon in the Cathedral neighbourhood, which she runs with a friend. She says she enjoys being in the downtown area, with its active street traffic and close proximity to lots of other businesses and services.
Come check out one of downtown Regina’s newest and friendly – to you and your wallet – eateries, and enjoy a little bit of Vietnam in the heart of the City!