Review: Saigon RestaurantAuthor: WIBIA | Filed under: Food Reviews, Location: Indianapolis, IN
3103 Lafayette Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222
Yup, that is me…and my best Perez Hilton imitation.
The interior of the restaurant was refreshingly clean. The menu is big…Cheesecake Factory big. I think over 140 dishes on the menu. It took me about five minutes to get through, though the subliminal message of the sticker on the window led me to Pho.
What I Ate: Appetizer Sampler $7.50. #34 BBQ Pork and Seafood PHO.
The appetizer sampler included spring roll, egg roll, crab rangoon, rocket shrimp and fried dumplings. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by anything here. I could squeeze oil out of the fried dumpling, the rocket shrimp were fried with a slice of onion mixed in. The spring roll wasn’t bad, but not as good as others that I have had in town. All in all, I was nervous to get my pho.
However, this arrived to quickly restore my faith:
The picture doesn’t do it justice. The BBQ Pork was tender and excellent. In fact, some of the best I have ever had. However, the general “seafood” title to the dish included shrimp, salmon, and scallops. The seafood was so overcooked that I found myself spitting out a piece giving my mouth a break from chewing. The difference between the pork and the seafood was the food equivalent of Danny DeVito and Arnold Swarzenegger in “Twins.”
What really hooked me was the broth and the smell. If I had a cold, I am 99% sure this would cure it. I found myself just continually eating and drinking this broth…it was really something to talk about. However, if you are not a fan of pepper, you might want to choose something else.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes. With 140 menu items, I am going to assume there are a few misfires. I would get PHO again, but skip the addition of any seafood.
Btw, did I mention how big this bowl was? I was starving and this is all that I ate. There were a ton of rice noodles, about a pack and a half of Ramen (couldn’t think of a better comparison.) See, check it out including an awesome painted on mustache on mini-wibia (he is in disguise to maintain anonymity) However, he is possibly the best future eater in the land: