Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (Cape Town)

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (Cape Town)
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R120 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Asian, Sushi
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

If you’re after authentic Asian fare in Cape Town, look no further than longstanding favourite Saigon Restaurant, located on buzzing Kloof Street. The large menu – predominantly Vietnamese – boasts a wide selection of dishes that extends to Japanese, Chinese and Thai foods.

For starters we opt for the magnificent duck spring rolls, which are fried to a golden crisp and have tender and tasty duck on the inside. The pan-fried Japanese lamb potstickers have a slightly crisp outside, and are filled with mildly spiced ground lamb. They’re served in fours, which are perfect for sharing. There are also vegetarian options featuring the likes of Vietnamese-style crystal spring rolls.

The mains are categorically organised by beef, pork, vegetarian, poultry, seafood and rice and noodles. The famous ginger fish lives up to the hype: it’s fresh, fragrant and flavourful. The fish is cooked perfectly with a crispy outside, is slightly sticky, and seasoned with a harmonious combination of plenty of ginger, some chilli and fish sauce. Sticky-fried rice makes for a perfect accompaniment.

Carnivores can delight in the generous portion of lamb chops, which is tender, delicious and served with a freshly grilled mielie. The vast menu also stars fragrant soups; yellow, green and red curries; baked aubergine; and a fiercely named dish called ‘angry duck’, which is apparently indicative of how hot it is.

Round off your meal with the Vietnamese coconut flan. It’s light, smooth and creamy – great for sharing (or not!).

There’s a small selection of cocktails, bubbles and a wide selection of local red and white wines.

Although it’s busy, the waitrons are attentive, friendly and well-versed on the menu.

If you’re lucky to be seated near the window, you can feast your eyes on panoramic views of Table Mountain – thanks to the restaurant’s glass façade. It strikes the perfect balance between casual and formal, and the dark wooden interiors adds warmth.

They have a separate sushi menu, which includes everything from sashimi and nigiri, to california rolls and salmon roses.

(August 2017)

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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