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“Decent to Good Asian Food, Huge Portions” 3 of 5 stars
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Saigon Mai
Sammonkatu 9, Tampere, Finland
032553304
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Price range: $9 - $31
Cuisines: Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese
Dining options: Takeout
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Dining options: Takeout
Helsinki, Finland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Decent to Good Asian Food, Huge Portions”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

You can choose from Vietnamese, Chinese or Thai portions from the longish menu. Prices are modest and the food hot and nicely spiced. The restaurant is not posh and it is a little away from the city centre, but the Vietnamese Beef with Noodles is worth the short trek.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Tampere, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A low budget restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2010

The restaurant offers a variety of Thai,Vietnamese and Chinese food with popular take-away and food delivery options,prices are really cheap,even cheaper for take-away.The restaurant seems empty most of the time.

Though the food is served in a nice and exotic way,every dish automatically is served with a side dish(we were served rice in a ceramic pot,duck on a hot cast iron pan)but unfortunately the taste is dull,frozen vegetables are preferred to fresh ones,the dishes are more of a fast food style.

Another nice option isa week-end buffet.For 11 eur you get a selection of Asian snacks with rice,a tea or a coffee and a dessert.By the way,the dessert was unexpectedely good-I went for a deep-fried ananas with a vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.It went with a free cup of tea/coffee.My tea was delicious,fresh,strong black jasmine tea,definitely leaf tea,not a tea bag.

The interior is pseudo- Asian style with a lot of plastic used-plants,decorations,partitions,even table tops are thick pieces of transparent plastic for easier cleaning! I guess they think that since they have this plastic table tops, there is no need to change table cloths ever,they are all in greasy stains.

The service was quick,only our waitress could not understand neither Finnish,nor English well.Instead of a whiskey on the rocks we were served just ice,and got an orange juice from a box instead of a fresh one.

If you live in the area and want to eat out in a fine restaurant,go for Coussica,if you are just hungry,choose Kebab 14.If you are going to drive from the other part of the city for Asian cuisine-my advise is - don't t.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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