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  • 5.0 star rating


    + Very large restaurant with dark wooden furnishings
    + High ceilings and chic décor
    + Excellent food and very reasonable price

    Saigon Saigon is Viet Grill of West London. Or should I say Viet Grill is Saigon Saigon of East London.
    This is a widely debated topic that divides the capital into left and right.
    No, not really. But I just find it interesting that two of the great Vietnamese restaurants are located at both ends of London. But I personally prefer Saigon Saigon. Here is why...

    Saigon Saigon is a gorgeous Vietnamese restaurant in West London that has the grandeur of French colonial Vietnam. Food is really good and portion is not particularly small. But they somehow keep the prices pretty reasonable. I want to know how they manage that. Wait, maybe I don't wanna know.

    Surrounded by the gorgeous décor, you can dine like a tycoon and pay like umm a buffoon??? My silly pun aside, their cost performance is amazing.

    I'm not Vietnamese but my Vietnamese friends speak highly of this place too. (Borrowing authority)

    I have only come here for dinner but I've heard their lunch is really good value for money. One day.

    When I have friends coming over from out of town, I try to take them to this place. I don't always succeed, as it's not very conveniently located. But when I do manage to lure them out here, people always enjoy the food and dining experience.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Good sized portions, great taste and very reasonable prices (mains are £7-£10).

    We had the papaya prawn salad, 5 spiced chargrilled chicken with rice and the pork vermicelli bowl. All were really tasty.

    The wine was cheap but flat, if you skip the wine and go for beer you shouldn't go wrong here.

    Left feeling very satisfied, will definitely come back.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I stopped in for some dinner takeaway and since there are no Vietnamese restaurants in York, I was dying to try Saigon Saigon - I'm definitely glad I did! I ordered the large Pho and some spring rolls as an appetizer takeaway and it was delicious. The staff were also really nice and offered me a water infused with some mint and it was lovely. This is a bit random but the chairs they have in the front waiting area for takeaway orders are really comfortable, so that was a nice bonus. If I'm ever in Hammersmith I'll pop in again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Very big restaurant so you can just turn up. Been there a couple of times and the food has been top notch every time. Service is friendly and efficient. Reasonable price and nice atmosphere.

  • 5.0 star rating

    This place knocked my socks off - everything was sooo delicious. Highly recommend the beef wraps and pho aaaand the something with shrimp and greens....all amazing. The staff are excellent and attentive and very sweet. Very fairly priced.

  • 4.0 star rating

    This place offers some of this best service we have had in London. The food was good - not the best pho I have had (the best was in Paris).

    We ordered the steamed rice rolls as a starter and they were good but the pork sausage on top of the rolls scared me. It looked like bologna, so I stayed as far away from it as possible. I don't know what I was expecting but the steamed rice rolls were not what I was expecting, in any way, shape or form.

    I ordered the pho with beef and as stated in previous reviews, the portion size was much smaller than I was accustomed to, however, I was full after eating half of the steamed rice rolls and the entire bowl of pho. Also, the "toppings" for the pho were lacking. First, there was no mint. Second, there were only a few chili slices and literally six bean sprouts. So, overall, they could increase the amount of toppings but the pho was good. I'd totally order it again.

    My husband ordered the stir fried spicy beef with rice noodles and he said it was't that great but since this isn't his review, I'm not going to incorporate his opinion on his main! I will say that he had food envy, however.

    I'm excited to return to Saigon Saigon on a cold (and probably rainy) day and slurp down a delicious bowl of pho sometime in the future.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I love this place. And pho. While this place does not have the absolute best pho I've had (that's in LA... like most of my Asian food experiences...), it is pretty darn good for London. It doesn't hurt that it's not far from my house either :)

    The bowl of pho isn't very large, which is sad, but it's fine by London standards. I think it's just under 8 for a bowl. I usually am full after sharing a large starter and having the pho after. The broth is pretty flavorful, though there isn't as much beef as I'd like. Also, they don't have sriracha, but instead have a different chili sauce. I also always order more chili sauce and hoisin since it's never enough. The hoisin is also kind of a more bland one than I'm used to, but it'll do. The starters are more expensive (6-7) than I would think, given how reasonable the rest of the mains are, but they're not tiny so that eases the pain a bit.

    I've also had:

    - steamed rice rolls with minced pork and mushroom: douse it in fish sauce. i usually order this with my friend
    - spring rolls: solid, but not my first choice
    - duck salad: super yummy!
    - vermicelli bowl with spring rolls and grilled pork meatballs: lovely in summer or as an alternative to pho if you'd still like something noodley. i'd ask for the fish sauce on the side since sometimes they drown it.
    - stewed pork with caramel sauce in clay pot: really flavorful pork dish that's delicious with rice as it's too salty on it's own. i wish the portion was a bit bigger though.

    Bonus is that the staff is very attentive. The decor is nice and for London, this place is pretty good value for money.

  • 4.0 star rating

    We like it here, elegant and ideal for an intimate meal for two. An extensive menu allows you to choose carefully whilst taking in the wonderful ambience and charm of this place with little oils burning candles glowing in the otherwise dim lighting add to the mood. When your food arrives it is very well presented and matches the décor in terms of attention to detail and a wiliness to please.

    Great attention to detail is therefore the key to this restaurant along with an authentique and romantic atmosphere and the food is shown as much care as do the excellent waiting staff.

    If you are looking to impress, order a taxi to take you there, take a small present as a token of your love and make the most of what is a wonderful place for couples.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Gooooodmorning Vietnam was yelled on the air by R. Williams , and Hello Saigon Saigon should be yelled by us all! In my opinion this place is just that good!

    Lets get some, imho, less important things out of the way before I attest for what is really important, that being the food! The Saigon Saigon is a nicely decorated, well designed and spacious place yielding to a great ambiance that together with prompt, professional, friendly and capable service ensures your dinning experience to be nothing but good. Now lets move on to what makes the entire experience great which is the food.  

    I am not a fan of Pho, but this is the place for you Pho lovers as I find the broth to be the best I had outside Vietnam. You still get the chance to flavor your Pho according to your taste but right out of the kitchen it is great.

    Don't get me wrong, I do love fried things, but at Saigon Saigon the freshly made, wraps or rolls in rice papers are the way to go, however the well balanced sourness of the Grilled tumeric white fish makes it another worthy contender.  Lotus root salad with prawn and beef is another starter I would highly recommend. But if you looking to share why not try a meal really for two and get the char grilled prawn meat wrapped on sugar cane, juicy and aromatic.

    Seriously well balanced, well seasoned, slightly sweetened by coconut beef on fire is what will make you come back to this place again and again and again. But when and if you ever get tired of it you can always rely on duck breast with pineapple & green pepper in tamarind sauce or Sweet & sour battered snapper with green peppers.

    In regards of noodles I found the fried ones be less great but this is only due the fact that they go somewhat soggy laying in the sauces at the end. But don't worry  portion-wise the size is great so getting to the end of your plate will take some time and usually you are full by then. The fat rice noodle dishes are my all time favorites, there is just something heavenly with fat noodles and at Saigon Saigon they are cooked to perfection and al dente.

    Dinner for two, with this level of quality and taste, anywhere between 40 to 60 depending on what you choose as to drink including the service charge of 12.5% is in my book a find. And considering the fact that I haven't even yet mention the generous, tasty and playful Steamboats, or as some call it Vietnamese fondue, for around £20 to gather around and enjoy as couples makes it hard not to say hello to Saigon Saigon again and gain and again!

  • 2.0 star rating

    What about Saigon Saigon?

    *  I could tell you about the wooden and gold decor, but you could look at the pictures yourself.

    *  I could tell you about the Vietnamese waiters, but we were served by Indian guys.

    *  I could tell you about the Vietnamese food we had, but - truthfully, honesty, 1 month later - I DON'T REMEMBER ANY OF IT.

  • 5.0 star rating

    We love this place and eat here regularly.

    Fabulous decor, extensive menu (that we are still exploring), great service and decent prices. Have only had one dish so far we didn't like.

    I highly recommend the sweet potato curry, the sizzling fish and my all time fave, the morning glory.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4 check-ins

    I popped in for lunch today, as I was craving a bun salad and summer rolls. My lunch deal was £9.50 (plus a whopping 12.5% gratuity{we're in London, you better work your ass off to earn that dang tip!}) for:

    a bun salad bowl,
    2 small summer rolls,
    and a glass of ice tea.

    I don't really have any complaints, the food was tasty and portioned right for lunch, the service was perfectly fine(the older gentleman who served me even put my napkin on my lap!?) and my tea wasn't over steeped or too weak.

    I've also been for dinner, and enjoyed my meal very much. Freshly made lime tea was also a huge plus that night.

    Saigon Saigon will remain a decent standby Vietnamese place for when I can't be bothered to be adventurous.

  • 4.0 star rating

    My first foray into Vietnamese food was at Saigon Saigon (I've tried it a number of other places since), and this place made me a convert. Good atmosphere, straightforward but delicious food, and friendly service make this a sure bet.

    I'll include a specific endorsement for the beef on fire. They served thin-sliced, slightly sweet (coconut juice, I think) beef in a hot pot with a mix of vegetables, and it was seasoned just enough to be delicious when accompanied by rice.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    Truly blissful Vietnamese food. Not the cheapest, but clearly excellent quality, as the crowds will attest. Seriously, book ahead and request a table against a wall, away from the bustling 'highways' with diners and waiting staff whizzing by.

    I've never had better green papaya salad. At around £8.50, it had bloody better be good as a starter, and it is. Then go for the seafood soup which is astonishingly good, and I also like the beef in coconut hot pot thing.

    Very easy to spend £30 a head just on food here. Really fresh and fantastic, with a lovely dark wood ambience.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Edible, but not worth a return visit.  My husbands lunch (chicken satay and bo kho) was quite heavy and dull.  My lunch (vegetable rolls and pho) was deep fried and unauthentic.  Maybe growing up in California spoiled me, but to me pho has never meant a small bowl of beef broth, a few noodles and onions and a couple pieces of low quality meat.  Where are my herbs, sprouts, limes and chilies? Where are the flavours?
    We left hungry and disappointed.

    • Qype User hedgie…
    • London
    • 21 friends
    • 26 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    I visited with a crowd of friends last night. The restaurant is beautifully decorated - a vision of French colonial Vietnam: dark wood furniture; bamboo screens; ceiling fans and French Deco typography. The menu is interesting and wide-ranging; our party delegated ordering to the friend who brought us there; a Saigon-Saigon regular and major fan. I am too now; I'm eager to go back and explore the menu some more.

    Our food arrived quickly - it was very fresh and flavourful. Service was brisk and efficient - our waitress even knew all the best angles for photography!

    The restaurant was very good about us bringing our own birthday cake and served it with maximum fuss for the birthday girl. They also gave her a glass of her favourite liqueur on the house.

    Many of us were surprised by the tab at the end - this was a very reasonable and excellent value for money night out.

    • Qype User carlro…
    • London
    • 39 friends
    • 68 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I'd never had a proper Vietnamese dining experience before eating here last week. The mini bowls at each place setting that you fill from the variety of dishes you order is such a friendly, communal experience...I wish I'd been on the boat before now! The zing of the fresh herbs and cold noodles with hot sizzling meats is a real delight, and everything we ordered was amazing. The highlight for me was the "Lemon Grass Chicken" but the pho soups and sizzling fish dishes were also top notch.
    This restaurant is beautifully lit with really attentive waiting staff and it is a pleasure to relax in. I love this place! It's no wonder that this restaurant is always full when others around have just a few customers languishing in them. The Vietnamese way of eating really appeals to me and I will be heading back here often.

    • Qype User contes…
    • London
    • 18 friends
    • 42 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    Hmmmmmmm....I have eaten here a few times and on each occasion have fallen foul of the very strange seating protocol which seems to dictate whether or not you're allowed to eat here as a single.

    It's a big restaurant, seating up to 150 and yet they are almost dictatorial re seating even on two occasions with an empty restaurant, which for a single woman with with book seeking a fortifying Pho with spicy mango salad is generally either by the front door, away from the actual restaurant or in a corner so dark it's impossible to read or on one occasion on a shared table. I was interested to note that the guy in the review above also had a problem with seating as did my freinds when they went. The food...is just okay....I found the Pho to be greasy and heavy not the heavenly aromatic liquor I was seeking and also pricey.

  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    We have walked by this restaurant a number of times and commented that its a shame it doesn't have a lunch time menu to attract customers during business hours. Lo and behold they have just recently introduced a new set lunch deal (about 6 options ranging from £6.95 up to £9.50.)

    It was clear that this new menu is a current hit because when we went today its really the first time we've seen that many customers in there at lunch.

    Nice food (grilled pork and grilled chicken are finger licking good), friendly staff and fairly reasonable prices make this a nice venue for Vietnamese on the West side.

    • Qype User Discer…
    • London
    • 19 friends
    • 40 reviews
    5.0 star rating


    Really interesting menu, every dish we had was bursting with flavour... subtle: not over-powering!

    Will definitely return for another banquet.

    Not that this place needs a hard sell - there's on street parking, right outside in the evening.

    • Qype User Eman…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 17 reviews
    2.0 star rating

    We tried this restaurant over two months ago when we were looking for a place to have dinner and a couple in the street recommended Saigon Saigon.

    The restaurant decor is very nice but the staff are less than welcoming and friendly. We did not have a reservation and I felt like they were doing us a favour to allow us to have dinner and would only give us a table for 1:30 minutes. If they had any level of common sense, they would have noticed that we had two kids with us (one being very little) and it was unlikely that we would stay for more than 1:30 minutes...

    The food is just ok, nothing great really. The restaurant is pretty and that's the main selling point but food was average, quite greasy as someone else said and service was probably delivered by people who used to work in the army and are still to discover the concept of paying customers.

    Food did come out quickly and we were out in about 1 hour.

    I don't think we are going to go back there too soon.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I absolutely love this place, and regularly bring workmates there (it's near my office), and here is why:
    - service is top-notch. waiters are very friendly and attentive. they're also patient with big tables
    - you often can walk-in without bookings. it's obviously safer to book, but they often have a few free tables
    - their food is delicious. I'm used to asia cuisine and I find their dishes to be very tasty and varied.
    - their food is delicious x2!: I very much enjoy all of their starters. Pick one of each if you're a big table. The Pho is not the best I've tried, but they have so many other mains on the menu that are worth it (the grilled duck, etc.)
    - atmosphere very nice and enjoyable.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    I have been wanting to eat at this place for well over a year. For the last three years I have been on the hunt for good Vietnamese food in London since I had fallen head over heals in love with Vietnamese food when I went to Vietnam in 2009... The fresh healthy flavours, fresh mint, cilantro, and spices are always pure bless. Saigon Saigon is just the place... Attractive interior, nice staff, amazing flavours, large range of traditional Vietnamese food... Hits all the right spots... I will be coming back again soon.. Great Pho:)

  • 5.0 star rating

    Walking in here from Kings Street makes you feel transported into a nostalgic world produced by wooden artworks, bamboo screens and dark wooden furnishings.
    Go with a bit of time and it is a must to have some pre-dinner drinks in their lounge downstairs.  Very Intimate, the perfect beginning of a night out with your significant other or a tight knit group of friends.  Relaxing mellow music and a nice conversation make this space exquisite.
    Move on for dinner and the indulgent part of evening commences...
    For me the fresh salad roll with sliced pork ad shrimp are a good start, and then as a main Crispy Tilapia with fish sauce, green mango and tomato, such a great mix of flavours and textures I couldn't have expected more.
    And the finishing touch, the service was very friendly, the waiter was well groomed and lead us through the menu gracefully.  Almost forgot, the banana fritters in here are better than anywhere else!

    • Qype User PaulRo…
    • London
    • 23 friends
    • 55 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Excellent place. When I phoned on a hot Friday evening to book one of the tables next to massive front windows that open onto the street, I was told they were all gone and i couldn't pre-book at all. Not a great start. However the place is wonderful: 1) The food is very high quality and quite reasonably priced: Vietnameese is the best parts of Chineese, indian and thai but far more subtle and somehow prepared with more care. Lots of fish and interesting vegetables, 2) the decor is 1930s Saigon: from dark bamboo to slow turning ceiling fans which somehow works 3) The place is a little quirky:an odd mini nightclub downstairs, laminatd menus mix with fine linen tablecloths (?!) and excellent freindly staff.

    • Qype User hazyma…
    • London
    • 33 friends
    • 63 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    I had a problem with the seating here too! We did not book, however the restaurant looked completely empty, so we asked for a table. There were many seats near the front of the restaurant, where it was light and pleasant. Alternatively there were seats outside which would have been lovely. I did ask for a table somewhere near the front or outside, but we were instead shoved to a back table in a pokey corner with no light. For no reason! Why?! Despite this, I found the food to be pretty decent. Nothing groundbreaking, but I do like fresh Vietnamese noodles and clear spring rolls so much that I soon forgot about the very strangely Fascist seating policy to which we had fallen foul.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Best Vietnamese in Chiswick/Brentford area. Loved the prawn in spicy caramel sauce and the chao tom. The beef pho was good, but have had better. £42 with two Saigon beer and service charge.

  • 3.0 star rating

    I like my Vietnamese to have depth in flavor. For the premium price here, I'd rather go to Cafe East.

    • Qype User veroni…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 9 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Don't get me wrong , by judging on the food and service alone this place would have got a more generous rating  authentic ( a waay overused word by the way!) food, good service blah blah blah!
    What is it with these sorts of restaurants and this so called 'ambiance' or 'ombeonce' as it pronounced by these so called 'foodies' (lol!!!! you mean you like to eat food? really????!!!!)these places make you feel like you're about to have a job interview or something.i wouldn't be surprised if most of the bookings for this place are for after-work meetings  or what do they call it? NETWORKING!!!!
    Anyway, on paper this place is great and has a lot going for it  but LOOSEN UP a little for heavens sake!!!!!
    Perhaps so aromatherapy oils burning would help!

  • 5.0 star rating

    I finally tried Saigon Saigon after driving past it for about 2 years.  It was fantastic!  The atmosphere is lovely, the service friendly and the food, well, I can't wait to go back for more.  The summer rolls were amazing as were all of the dishes we sampled. The next time I'm going for the pho noodle soup, which looked delicious. If you're new to Vietnamese but want to give it a go, try this place, you'll be hooked for life.

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