It was a crisp autumn day when we headed into Kingsland, our neighbourhood's neighbour, to try out Saigon which has replaced its predecessor Loop in the main strip. Our strongest recollection of the building was how cold it was on the inside, so we were nicely surprised to find it a bit more temperate but... still not mega-comfortable. A dramatic flower display met us on entry, along with some intriguingly angled chairs... designed to welcome to the visitor into the space perhaps? Our food took a while to arrive which was unusual given that there were only two parties in the restaurant - perhaps it was because we were a group of 7, perhaps it is because they put a seeming impressive amount of effort into the meal presentation, along with the Vietnamese coffee both of which were reasonably tasty. It was lovely to have Julie and Rhys join us for lunch from CAP - this may have distracted us from our waiter's laggy service as he looked like he would rather be elsewhere. A mixed bag on the day but we are keen to give it another go, even just to get bums on their seats and support local.
Louise had the Special Rice Noodles with Charcoal Pork Belly Crispy Spring Rolls. She said "Solo waiter seemed laggy and random. Sua da (coffee with condensed milk) was very nice but no explanation given on how to work it. Food was epic and super tasty but took a while to arrive. A mixed bag."
Innie had the Special Rice Noodles with Charcoal Pork Belly Crispy Spring Rolls and a Vietnamese coffee. She said "Nice food. Sometimes that’s all you need."
Mel had the Saigon Chicken Green Curry and a Vietnamese coffee. She said "What gorgeous flavours, my green curry was perfect. Loved the combination of super sweet and bitter beans in the Vietnamese coffee, smooth and buttery. The atmosphere was light and comfortable, helped along by the great company of Julie and Rhys from CAP who joined us for lunch!"
Rebecca had the Chicken Fried Rice. She said "Good solid fried rice, very tasty and nice environment."
Emma had the Special Rice Noodles with Charcoal Pork Belly Crispy Spring Rolls and a Hot Chocolate. She said "The food was really good but the service was a little slow and I didn’t warm to the waiter."