Head chef and co-owner Loc Bui was born and raised in Saigon, the old capital of Vietnam, before settling over here in England. He has devised a menu for the bistro based on family recipes from generations past. All dishes are freshly cooked to order, providing a mouth-watering range of tastes and textures. Lemongrass, ginger, fish sauce and chillies are key ingredients on the menu. Dishes are stir-fried using seafood, chicken, beef, duck and pork, but there are also plenty of vegetarian options, created with tofu, soy sauce and a wealth of different vegetable varieties. For those who are sensitive to chillies, dishes can be cooked mild, medium or hot. In addition to providing something to suit every palate and dietary requirement, the food here is also very healthy, with plenty of fresh vegetables in every dish.
There is a well-researched wine list, with particular bottles chosen to complement the flavours and spices within a dish. Beers are Oriental, sourced from China, Thailand, Singapore and Japan and the fully stocked bar includes a wide range of spirits, liqueurs and soft drinks.
This is a popular little bistro with a good local following, so booking is essential - a week in advance is recommended to ensure a table for a Friday or Saturday night. Party bookings are also welcome and again reservations should be made early. A fantastic and very reasonably priced banquet menu is available for tables of eight or more.
The service is warm, friendly and accommodating. So why not come along and enjoy outstanding food within a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere' Bistro Saigon comes highly recommended and is well worth seeking out.