A bit of Saigon in my back yard. I had the opportunity to have dinner at the Saigon restaurant. Conveniently located within walking distance of Xu Jia Hui. Yet far away enough to avoid the hustle and bustle and even easily find a parking place on this rather wide but seldom traveled street. The Saigon?which is found in a two-story building, is decorated in a modern clean style. Large and small tables make it possible to have a romantic dinner looking into the eyes of a loved one, a family dinner with the kid/s, or an invitation to business guests.
Many critics shun fusion cuisine — and yet that is exactly what Vietnamese food and Va Va Voom is. But unlike the contrived fusion cooking of some avant-garde chefs here the cooking is characterized by an inherent balance and harmony. Vietnamese food is one of the most varied and seductive on the planet – a delicious mix of the food of its colonial visitors and age-old flavors and techniques.
Throughout the evening, the service was charming and helpful. Vietnam Club is a restaurant that puts a lot of effort into presentation and this works well. The menu looks colourful and inviting, the service is polite and professional, the decorations and music are good.
I am writing this column to let you in on a little secret: inexpensive and good pho is available in Shanghai. This is actually the same food craving that motivated the owners of Phoking to create their restaurant. The three owners are all from Houston, Texas, a city with a wide variety of Vietnamese restaurants. They liked pho so much that they created their own restaurant. After my trip to Vietnam, I realized that I loved Vietnamese food as well. I went on a mission to find a Vietnamese establishment that satisfied my pho cravings.
Gubei District, home to a large overseas Asian population, on Gaoyang Road, amidst a stream of restaurants is a small pearl worth more than a glance. Aniseed, a Vietnamese and French Fusion restaurant, managed by Jenny Feng, present themselves as relaxed, with a sincere and professional attitude. Aniseed welcomes customers and provides a fine service that leaves a good impression.
Vietnamese food is a special treat. Vinegary dishes, redolent of chili, lemongrass and cilantro always take me a welcome two steps away from the inevitable grease of Chinese food. Don’t get me wrong, I love Chinese food, but there is something appealing about spring rolls stuffed full of veggies. Thankfully, my craving for fresh food was answered.
This is a little hidden restaurant that is cozy and simple, they also have a bar where you can eat and drink. It’s an open kitchen so you can see them make your dinner. It’s a great place to take a date for dinner. It’s not a place to go with a big group. Even if they put the tables together, they don’t have that many tables.