The other night, after dropping my girls off at granny’s house (granny rocks!) with the intention of going to a movie, we decided last minute that actually that wasn’t what we were in the mood for. So Saturday night at about 7pm we decide spontaneously (so good to do that!) to go out to eat somewhere and head home early. A bit boring I know, but sometimes, it’s just like that.
We were trying to think of somewhere new and different we could go to in town without going anywhere too fancy shmancy as hubby wasn’t really dressed for that. After our most recent date night, where we said how good it was to try new places and that we were going to do this from now on, we felt a bit of pressure to do that. But in the end, I have to confess, we went somewhere that is certainly not new but where we haven’t been in quite a while so maybe that counts? And so, we found ourselves at Saigon.
Luckily, we were able to get a table upstairs which I never even knew existed, just shows how long we haven’t been there. Granted we hadn’t reserved and were ‘walk ins’ but I would have appreciated them lighting a candle for us at our table to add some atmosphere as the other tables had on theirs.
Looking at the menu, I realise that they’ve changed it and that they don’t have my usual dish that I order, Tamarind Prawns, which is actually why we ended up coming to Saigon. But I was soon relieved after speaking to the owner, who said no problem to making it up for me.
We started off with the crystal salad rolls which are often a preferred choice of starters of ours as I love the freshness of them. As usual, they were good.
For mains I had, of course, Tamarind Prawns. I have to say it was as good as I remember it. The prawns here are always so big and juicy and I enjoy the sweetness of the tamarind sauce. It was also a very generous portion which, although I wasn’t that hungry to start off with, I managed to polish off with no problem.
Hubby had the Pho Bo – Asian style. Although it is practically the national dish of Vietnam, we actually originally had Pho Bo in Cambodia where we went travelling for 6 months pre-children and we still remember how delicious it was back then. This did not disappoint. It was a very generous portion, huge actually, and it was authentic and delicious. Hubby thoroughly enjoyed it.
Saigon has always been one of those restaurants where we have a good meal and I’m happy to say, after not having been there in quite a long time, that the service was still good, the food was great and I remember why it was always one of our favourites.
PS. Please excuse the poor quality of the pics. They really don’t do the food any justice but at least I took some this time! 😉
PPS. At the end of our meal, hubby reached into his pocket and found my daughter’s little teddy there so we decided to do an impromptu photo shoot with teddy having fun at Saigon as we knew my daughter would love this! Yes, sometimes us parents do some weird things for fun 😉