Arkensen and Nanzaro both wanted Pho. Actually they wanted either pho or sushi. We ruled out sushi — Suanne and I just did not want sushi because we are beginning to get tired of the sushi that the boys wanted.
I think we had covered every single Vietnamese restaurant already in Richmond on chowtimes. There is a brand new Vietnamese restaurant … actually a restaurant under new management. Saigon City is located on the strip mall on Garden City and Blundell.
Truth be told. We did not place much hope on Saigon City being great. It has all the trappings of a small time neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant. But we did find a couple of surprises here.
Service was great and down to earth friendly. For a moment we were somewhat disappointed that they spoke to us in perfect Cantonese. It was later then Suanne pointed out to me that they were chatting away in Vietnamese between themselves. So … this was after all a real Vietnamese restaurant. LOL! Faith restored.
The restaurant was not really big but it was quite busy.
We asked them what their specialty is. Without hesitation, they said we must try their Deep Fried Chicken Wings. It was $4 for three wings which I thought was a wee bit expensive. The wings were really good. Not only was the taste good it looked good too. The batter was light and the skin was crisp. It was not particularly greasy. I remember it was really hot … of course, it just came right out from the deep fryer.
Suanne decided on something light. It was not on the menu but Suanne saw a an old sign (perhaps from the previous management’s menu) of the Green Papaya Salad Special ($5.50). They told us they don’t serve this anymore and after a while, the waitress asked us to wait while she goes to the back. She came back and told us yes … they will make it specially for us. Wow, we were impressed.
The Green Papaya Salad texture was a lot like semi cooked vermicelli. It has prawns and slices of pork and topped with crushed peanuts. It was great. (more…)