You know when you are in new york or chicago or even portland and you find one of those great authentic ethnic restaurants. Where the combination of ingredients and spices and skills results in an almost magical combination that creates something more than just a meal. I have discovered just such a diamond in the rough hidden right under my nose in downtown salem.
I have walked by Saigon probably 2000 times and never given it a second glance. Then a client took me there for lunch and I was blown away.
The flavors are hard to describe, they are just "right".
The right combination of spices and ingredients. And skill.
Ate there last week:
My wife had curry chicken and just raved about it. She shared with me and the curry was as good as I have ever had.
My sister had a noodle soup and commented on the balance of flavors and said it was delicious.
I had the lemon grass tofu and the tofu was just right and the vegetables were delightful. I just can't stop craving it (been back three times this week). The lunch buffet is wonderful (and quick!).
It is hard to write a review because I keep wanting to write awesome, perfect...etc. But it really is that good.
The owners are the servers and are very friendly.
I can't find a single fault and I should mention that I own restaurants, have been in the industry all my life, and can be very critical.
Bottom line: AAA plus. The only other restaurant in town that gets that rating from me is Mortons.
Located next to the Governor's Cup on Court St. Downtown.