Saigon

 

Service: No small talk, but pleasant, down to business, and quick food delivery.

Booze: Very limited beer… but they have many specialty non-alcoholic drinks such as bubble tea, tropical shakes and amazingly strong and sweet Vietnamese iced coffee. Seriously. Order the damn coffee.

Food:

Goi Cuon Thit Nuong | soft spring rolls with grilled pork $ 3.95

Goi Bo | sliced beef, celery, carrot, daikon, cucumber, crushed peanuts and herbs $ 9.50

Thit Ko To | marinated pork slowly cooked in brown sauce and served with rice $ 9.95

Hu Tieu Xao Du Ein | stir fried rice noodles with seafood $ 9.95

Bánh Mì Thit Nuong | French bread with grilled pork, daikon and cucumber $ 4.50

Everything was fresh and vibrant and crisp and just a bit spicy and not one dish was oily or drenched in sauce. Favorites would be the clay pot pork and bánh mì. Surprise, I like pig! The meat was tender and flavorful, and the jalapeño on the bánh mì left a satisfying tingle on my lips long after the meal ended. I do also appreciate the option of brown rice at a restaurant… even when I forget to actually request the switch. Womp. My only major complaint would be the size of the menu; I basically had to pick at random under pressure because there were too many options! I like options. Just not an anxiety-inducing amount of options. Especially when I am starving!

Kudos: Unexpectedly spacious, clean and bright interior for a west side ethnic restaurant. It used to be a Bob Evans — you can tell.

Overall: The portions are generous and pricing reasonable. I haven’t dabbled much in Vietnamese cuisine aside from a previous bánh mì, and now I want to change that. I want to go back. I want to order the same dishes. I want to try new dishes. I want to try other Vietnamese restaurants, too. I think this is the beginning of a new friendship.

saigonrestaurant-indy.com
4760 W 38th St
Indianapolis, IN

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