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Saigon (Rivonia)

5 Reviews
Asian, Bakery fare, Seafood, Sushi
Phone Number 0118075272 Opening Hours

Special festive season trading hours: Monday 24 Dec, closed, Tuesday 25 Dec 10am to 9pm, Monday 31 Dec 10am to 8pm, Tuesday 1 Jan 10am to 9pm; Regular Trading Hours: Sunday to Monday 11am to 9pm; Tuesday to Friday 11am to 10pm

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Menu

Menu - Saigon Menu - Updated March 2019

Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Bakery fare, Seafood, Sushi
Corkage
R50
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Alfresco, Booking required, Functions, Licensed, Parking, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Location and contact

Corner Rivonia Road and Seventh Avenue, Rivonia, Johannesburg

Owner's description

Saigon Restaurant has become a prestigious brand in South Africa with the delicious Vietnamese foods to visitors from all over the world. Through good food, people can get to know more about the country of Vietnam. In addition, trade promotion and tourism development of Vietnam have been introduced and conducted here as well.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Going in I had no expectations of Saigon. Most reviews were mixed - some scathing, others glowing. However, from the minute we walked through the door, we were treated to exceptional service and hospitality from wait staff to the host and especially the manager. The real star of the evening was the food though! The complimentary prawn chips were among the best I've had - light, crisp and deliciously seasoned. We ordered a couple of dishes and ate family style. My favourites include the caramel pork, tempura veg and pork riblets. The perfect ending to the evening was the dessert plate. It was a smorgasbord of indulgent sweetness. We all loved the coconut ganache and the pavlova bomb. Saigon is highly recommended and will be back!

    We had a terribly poor experience of food and service at Saigon Rivonia in December 2011. The tomyum soup was nothing but warm water and chilli powder with three prawns (no tomyum paste, lemon grass or vegetables). The "manager" said the kitchen staff didn't know how to make it! After waiting for an hour and 20 minutes our main order of beef and fish still did not arrive. When we asked the "manager" about it, he blamed the waiter, got stroppy with my husband and asked us to leave the restuarant. He said they were very busy. I counted four tables including ours of two people at each table. What a joke. The manager has no service skills, his kitchen is pathetic and I think the era of Saigon as an awesome restaurant is a faded memory. Save your money and go elsewhere. We will never go there again.

    Waste of money
    Prawn skewers were covered with hard batter, suitable for fast food establishment. Steamed fish came as dry, tough brick. Steamed vegetables, to which waiter induced me taking advantage of the fact that I did not know that fish already comes with veggies, arrived without ordered garlic. And on the end waiter tried to force a tip - for what? Place to avoid.

    This place is brilliant for its food, one of the best in Joburg. The only issue I have is that the service can sometimes be rather invasive with waiters constantly checking in and on some occasions hurrying you to make an order.
    Visited there on Saturday (17th) evening. I found the service to be almost invasive. Michele, our waitress seemed frantic and the time between courses was almost non existant. My (recommended) duck was only OK and was overcooked. The chicken curry was bland but the beef (stir fry) was excellent. The pricing seems resonable at first glance but individual items eg side plate of veggies in oyster sauce at R46..house wine at R35 a glass and a small bottle of mineral water at R18.50 bottle, soon push the price up to over R230 a head. Not sure it represents value for money..the chairs running along the length of the fish tanks were so uncomfortable we actually moved tables. I know Saigon has a great reputation, but I was disappointed quite frankly. David

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