West London is something of a desert for Vietnamese food, but this roomy, fairly smart place near Ravenscourt Park more than makes amends. As well as the two sizeable dining rooms – coolly decorated with dark wood, bamboo, and black and white photos of pre-war Saigon – there’s a party room holding up to 16.
In the basement is a lounge for private events, and in summer, tables are placed on the very wide, boulevard-style pavement. Service is unfailingly welcoming, polite and informative, and the standard of cooking reliably high. Pho is a treat here, with a strong base stock and all the power of traditional flavours and herbs. Particular delights include crisp vegetarian spring rolls, packed with vermicelli, wood-ear mushrooms and tofu; a splendidly crabby soft-shell crab with garlic and chilli; and juicy chargrilled quail marinated with honey, garlic and five-spice.
A dish of melt-in-the-mouth stewed pork with quails’ eggs was also memorable, so too baked duck breast with a superb ginger relish. The £9.95 two-course lunch menu includes the aforementioned pho and a drink. In contrast to the limited choice of beers, the wine list is pleasantly varied and international, with several excellent options.
|Venue name:||Saigon Saigon||Contact:|
313-317 King Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm Sat; 12.30-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon, Sun; 6-11pm Tue-Thur; 6-11.30pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Ravenscourt Park or Stamford Brook|
|Price:||Main courses £6.95-£15. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £9.95 2 courses|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Probably the best vietnamese food I have ever had if I'm honest, and I'm a regular to vietnam. Staff were friendly, service was professional, decor wonderful and food amazing! I shall definitely be returning!
I keep needing to come back for more and I am never disappointed with the fragrant taste sensations and high quality of the food. Everything from duck to squid to beef is incredible. They also have my table ready for me always. Makes me feel good. Go!
One of our favorite locals. Have eaten here on almost a weekly basis for a few months now. Food is consistently fresh, packed with flavour and authentic. We did have a small hiccup when our home delivered meal was not what we ordered one evening - someone else apparently received our delicious ribs and we got their much less exciting pancake. But we managed to organise a credit for the error. Pho, five spice chicken, pork vermicelli salad, lemongrass prawns or chicken and fried spring rolls are among our regular choices. reasonably priced and delicious!
Food.....Just simple....but best.. ..Service ....could have been better. ..Ambience.....Classic and truly Vietnamese.... Price.....not expensive, generous portion. Try....Crispy pancake, Seafood hotpot, sizzling beef...and of course Chicken Noodle soup......Wines... just good ......We paid £62.50 for 2 with 3 starters 3 mains, dessert to share....and a bottle of wine. Will come back....tasting is believing.
I have visited most of Vietnamese restaurants that are top rated Times out but this one, Saigon Saigon has impressed me best so far and I have no hesistance to give it 5* as I find it more impressed to me with food quality, ambience and service . May be I do not look for the cheap eats. We totally enjoyed our Vietnamese meals here and to be honest some dishes are far better than those we had in Vietnam. Anyway this is just my own comments. Thanks Saigon Saigon....and thanks Time out.
I am originally from Poland and attended this restaurant with 2 friends. We found the staff to be very rude and unfriendly. The lighting was very dim and we could not read the menu. We asked for help and were hissed at. There was a minor problem in that they do not take Amex. I then paid by cash and was not even offered a thank you. I think this is not a good place to eat anymore. I had visited twice in 2011 and it was OK but this time the portions were smaller and the staff turned me off ever returning there.
I am surprised to see the Times out review to this restaurant. To be fair, I thought this is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in London during my research (paid for by commission of Oriental food in Europe). In contrast, this is the top for the quality and league for Vietnamese restaurant in London. Where else you find the 'Beurre Bretel' taste in the UK ? I never ever had a bad meal in this place and It is always full.
We have just been back to this place at the weekwend. Great food , great variety still with consitency , especially this time, the best Pho in town ( we never had the same quality at any place on the 'Pho miles'). For short, it looks expensive than those cafes in the East, but if you can afford a good meal, this is highly recommended. I find it reasonable and probably the least expensive one on Chiswick high street.
Great food but grumpy waiter, food took along time to come out but no apology or explanation given. Shame as the food is lovely and fresh but the service really let them down.
I am something of a newbie to Vietnamese cuisine, but as I am moving to Ho Chi Minh City I thought I'd better get acquainted with the food (and get in some chopstick practice too). The food was DIVINE! Beef Pho... mmm! Everything was deliciously fresh and cooked to perfection! And the portions were substantial. My friend and I left feeling rather stuffed but not in a bad way. I'm not accustomed to London dining prices so I can't say if it was very expensive in comparison to other London restaurants (I live in Nottingham) but I don't think we paid too much for the meal, as we did have three courses and two rounds of beer. Also, the restaurant staff were lovely. Charming, helpful and very understanding of my lack of food experience. One man even corrected my appalling Vietnamese pronunciation.