Anyone familiar with downtown Hong Kong knows that despite appearances, some of your best cuisine can be found in restaurants crowbarred cheek-by-jowl into the upper floors of the many skyscrapers. Ladyfriend and I were in Causeway Bay and craving Vietnamese, and Saigon Saigon did not disappoint.
It was early for us -- just after 17:00 -- and so we were able to catch the last half hour of the "Tea Set" special, a sort of happy hour in which certain dishes were cheaper. We both had bowls of the tea-set-sized raw-beef pho, orders of the spring rolls, and two Tiger beers. The wonderful server (on which more below) warned us that the tea-set pho comes in a smaller portion, but we were very happy with the size (see the attached pictures for reference). The spring rolls were hot and crispy, and the dipping sauce (which came in a massive sort of pitcher-like container -- again, see photos) was incredible, hitting all of the salty, sweet, sour notes on the palate. The beer was cold and served in a kind of Mason jar. And the pho was very good. The broth was fragrant and delicious, if a little bit salty to my taste, but it hit all of the right notes.
The restaurant itself is tiny, but as we were the only customers at that hour, it didn't feel cramped. The incredibly avuncular and helpful server gave us plenty of time and space, and she really made the visit worthwhile. Oh, and the tea-set prices meant that we left full for less than 170 HKD (about 18 euro, or a little over $20 American, including tip!).
Saigon Saigon is not a fancy place, but we'll definitely be hitting it up again for snacks and drinks after work. As we were leaving, our server said, "Come back my dears, and bring your friends!" We'll be doing that.
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