NOTE: Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant is now permanently closed.
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a charming and nicely decorated intimate venue. Located on the main road from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach, this compact 36-seat restaurant offers dishes from both North and South Vietnam.
Good food and an agreeable setting are the two main requirements in the success of a restaurant, but a third element also has great importance: the personality of the owner. At Saigon, Ms. Laeticia lifts the restaurant to another level. Born in Saigon, she spent many years in France where she managed two restaurants before coming to Phuket in 2010.
The restaurant is not really big but still offers three areas: a small al-fresco terrace with a bar and sofa, an air-conditioned dining area (recommended for early diners as the traffic on the road in front of the restaurant is quite noisy until 20:00) and a dining room with fans (smoking allowed).
All furniture and decorative items come from Vietnam and statues, lacquer paintings, and vases are displayed with taste. White walls, black shiny tiled floors and red curtains add to the Asian touch of the restaurant while unobtrusive swirling ambient tunes complete the atmosphere.
Saigon’s Chef Ms. Bao is from Hanoi and is adept at preparing both southern and northern Vietnamese cuisine. For hors-d’oeuvres we were offered a mixed-starter plate comprising fresh spring rolls with chicken), minced beef rolled in wine leaves, small crepes (French pancakes) with chicken, and hot Nems with chicken. These four tasty dishes bring a wide range of flavours enhanced by the use of Thai basil along with Indonesian sambal.
The two signature dishes of the restaurant are Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) with beef, and caramelized pork ribs. We sampled the latter accompanied with Cantonese rice, and it was indeed delicious.
The Wine list at Saigon is simple and straightforward as can be, with just three labels; white, red and rosé. We opt for the latter, from French producer Robert Giraud from near Bordeaux and its light body, along with distinctive flavours makes it an ideal companion to the rich and varied cuisine at Saigon.
Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 18: 00 - 23:00 closed on Sundays
- Location: 150m before Soi Sai Yuan traffic light on the main from Chalong circle to Rawai Beach
- Tel: 088 416 0106
- Price Range: Affordable