Located somewhere in Dunedin (we didn't walk there so I didn't pay attention to where we were) Saigon Van, I am told, is the best Vietnamese restaurant uncle Donald has ever had.
|Saigon Van -somewhere in Dunedin..|
The atmosphere inside was warm, the staff very friendly and there was nice music in the background. The only downside was the noisy children at the next table being allowed, by their parents, to roam the restaurant. We are reminded that Grace hates kids.
There was so much food we wanted to try so we got a little of everything and shared it around.
|Saigon Van Salad|
|Transparent Spring Rolls|
|Crispy Spring Rolls|
Food is nice. But deep fried food is better. Always.
The spring rolls were coated in tempura batter and lightly fried. I, being the polite guest, didn't have the last one (even though I really really wanted to!)
|Braised Chicken with Ginger|
|Crispy Fried Fillet of Fish with Tamarind Sauce (Grace's favourite)|
|Braised Pork and Egg -Vietnamese Style|
I'm not going to lie. Dessert came as a surprise.
When I think banana cake, I think:
|Steamed Banana Cake with Coconut Cream|
As I looked around the table, I noticed that everyone else's plates were empty so I quickly gobble up the rest so we don't look ungrateful.
Verdict? I love Vietnamese food. I love it even more now. But maybe I'll stick to the vanilla ice cream next time..