Vietnemese food, woohoo! I didn’t realize how much I was craving it until a girlfriend of mine suggested that we go to Saigon Grill. Because of her sleuthing, we headed to the one located in the Upper West Side since their prices were lower than the West Village location. And let me tell you, not only was the food delicious, but the prices were definitely decent. I didn’t see anything on the menu that was over $20.
La Sa Tom- curry shrimp soup with coconut milk, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts and herbs. Slightly sweet, creamy and spicy, the broth was addicting. There were lots of shrimp and noodles. Lovely.
Goi Cuon Tom – Shrimp Summer Roll soft salad roll, filled with shrimp, bean sprouts, lettuce, fresh herbs & rice vermicelli, served with peanut plum dipping sauce and a nuoc cham sauce. How can you go to a Vietnamese restaurant and not get a summer roll? So light and refreshing, the mint in it is wonderful.
Xuong Nuong grilled marinated pork chop with lemon grass, served with pickle salad & nuoc cham sauce on the side. It also came with a bowl of white rice. The pickle salad was a nice change from a typical side of greens that you would get in a restaurant. Think of a lettuce salad, but instead of cucumbers, you get Asian pickled cucumber slices. The pork chops were amazing. The platter came with three chops that were tender, sweet and salty. And the smell is intoxicating. I had my heart set on another dish, but when the table next to me ordered this, I was so distracted by the scent that I interrupted their meal to see which dish they got. Actually, when I think about it, the only time I ever order pork chops at restaurants is when I’m dining at an Asian restaurant.
Saigon Grill gets a big high five from me and I will definitely be going back.
7.5 out of 10
620 Amsterdam Ave