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Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (Cape Town)

6 Reviews
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Asian, Sushi
Phone Number 0214247670 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Sunday to Friday 12noon to 2.30pm

Dinner: Saturday to Friday 6pm to 9.30pm

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Details

Cost
R120 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Sushi
Corkage
R50
Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zola Nene

Food
When I open up a menu and see hundreds of dishes on offer, it immediately makes me nervous, mostly because I know that I'm bound to miss out on some good things because the mere thought of reading through all the dishes and descriptions gives me an instant headache. That's where the waiter comes in handy - I ask him to recommend how many dishes we should order to share between three of us and he obliges by sharing his estimations and highlighting some of the restaurant's signature dishes. I'm told that the golden spring rolls are definitely a winner, and boy are they - crisp golden spring rolls served with rice noodles, lettuce cups, cucumber and mint with soy sauce to season are the perfect start to the meal. Also to start, we try some steamed prawn dumplings which were a little bland and some juicy lamb pot stickers both served with a chilli dipping sauce. We also threw in an order of tuna crunch sushi which was delicious and impossible to fit one whole piece in your mouth (believe me, I tried). The tuna was still fresh and raw in the middle of the roll, surrounded by sticky rice which was then deep fried and topped with mayo and sweet chilli.

With our stomachs lined with starters, it was time to get down to the meaty main part of the meal. We order the pork ribs, Colony Beef and garlic egg fried rice to accompany. The pork ribs are literally finger licking good - sweet and sticky, topped with crispy fried garlic and fresh spring onion over the top - we were fighting over the last rib, that's how good they are! The colony beef fillet is pan fried to a perfectly succulent medium rare; then topped with wonderfully sweet and sticky soy dressing all nestled on a bed of crunchy broccoli and green beans. The garlic egg fried rice was the perfect accompaniment to absorb all the juices from the beef.

We ate far too much and didn't get to try any desserts, but there are a few on the menu. Sorbets, coconut flan and deep fried bananas just to name a few.

Drinks
The drinks menu, although not quite as daunting as the food menu, is also quite extensive. Wines ate mostly all sold by the bottle, but there is a small list of wines offered by the glass as well. There is a selection of wines dubbed the "Saigon Special selection" which is their curated premium wine selection. There is a huge selection of both classic cocktails as well as well as the Saigon signature cocktails which are their unique takes on classic cocktails which include some Asian ingredients and infusions.

Service
Waiters are always moving at lightning speed maneuvering between tables and patrons, they move in an almost rhythmic manner attending to each of their tables with efficiency and speed. The staff is helpful when trying to navigate through the large menu and help point out what sides to order, if necessary.

Ambiance
The restaurant is located on a rather steep slope, so if you're parked at the bottom of the slope, walking up to the front door will help burn the calories you're about to consume inside. The restaurant interior is predominantly black and red with subtle glimmers of gold from the guilded poles in the dining area.
Tables are dark laminated wood and are simply set with chopsticks and disposable napkins.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    We loved everything about Saigon, will definitely be going back.
    As always the food was phenomenal. Great service too!
    All over nothing more than an average experience, for an above average price. The food was authentic, granted, but overpriced, with very little atmosphere and typical Cape Town service - slow. It wasn't a bad experience nor am I regretful, I just wouldn't return.
    We visited for the first time last night and I was really delighted by the food. Very fresh, not that expensive. I shared the Vietnamese pork chop with my son and there was plenty to go round. I also had the vegetarian wrap which was beautifully presented with a lot of fresh spinach leaves which act as the wrap - perfect for banters! It was full of flavour and delicious!
    The food and service was great.You will see me there again.

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