Thai’s Saigon Bistro – Vietnamese in the Heights
When I first saw the name of this restaurant, I wondered… is it Thai? or is it Vietnamese? Well, to answer the question, it is Vietnamese… Saigon, of course, referring to the former name of Ho Chi Minh City.
The dishes at Saigon Bistro are all classics that you would find in typical Vietnamese places in the Lower Mainland but the interior of this restaurant isn’t so much hole-in-the-wall that most people have become accustomed to.
We found that the Spring Roll ($1.95) was both extremely hot and crispy from the frying process.
The large P3 ($7.50) – Rice Noodles with Rare Beef and Beef Balls – is a big bowl of noodles and comes in a fairly flavourful broth.
Any “shaking beef” dish is always compared to the one at Phnom Penh. The Com Bo Luc Lac – Cube Filet Mignon on Rice ($11.95 + $1.00 for fried egg) was good and the beef was tender but I think I still prefer the sliced beef at Phnom Penh (the sauce there is better too). However, Saigon Bistro’s version is tasty.
Speaking of Phnom Penh comparisons, we also ordered a half order of their Chicken Wings ($5.95). The chicken wings themselves were quite large and had a crispy coating… it even came with a lemon pepper sauce.
The service was fine and the food was tasty… If you’re looking for Vietnamese food in the Heights, Saigon Bistro or nearby Broken Rice are both good options.
4015 Hastings Street