Local Vietnamese gem
|clay pot stewed king prawns and grilled pork|
Located on the edge of Hammersmith on Kings Road, Saigon Saigon is a popular restaurant serving classic Vietnamese cuisine, unlike many trendy Pan Asian restaurants, Saigon Saigon is all about traditional Vietnamese, combining the bold and powerful flavours of Chinese cooking with a light and sophisticated French touch in a relaxing wooden setting. As a local nearby, I had eaten at Saigon Saigon many times and the £5.50 lunch box take away deal is one of the best lunch offers in the area.
Starter of fresh salad rolls with sliced shrimps and pork was a decent starter but I wished the soft rice paper wrap was a touch thinner as the thick texture was overshadowing the fresh shrimps. The best dish by far was the clay pot stewed king prawns in a caramel sauce, sweet and loaded with exotic spices, very rich and savoury, the kind of flavours I would expect from an Asian clay pot dish. The crispy sea bream fillets, another Vietnamese classic, was nicely fried with plenty of fresh flavours from the crushed chilli and coriander with the raw mango offering s touch of sharpness to the finish.
|sea bream fillets, mango and chilli|
All in all it was another very pleasant meal at Saigon Saigon, service is a lot better than most Vietnamese restaurants in similar priced brackets. In terms of the food, don't expect any real firework or exceptional quality, this place is more about classical Vietnamese cooking done properly at a reasonable price. With starters ranging around £7 and mains around £11, it is indeed pretty good value for money and it is perhaps the best Vietnamese restaurant Hammersmith has to offer.
What I paid:
£30 pp with 2 bottles of beer
Average cost without drinks and services:
313-317 King Street, London W6 9NH