For diners used to European and Australian versions of Vietnamese food or, even better, Vietnamese originals, the Saigon Grill is a very poor imitation. This is a busy and large restaurant and service is quick. But the food itself (and we didn't try the Japanese menu) was disappointing. The Goi ga or Vietnamese coleslaw - which is always our measure of how a Vietnamese kitchen handles food - had no (obligatory and traditional) shredded cabbage just lettuce, and the salad lacked the sharp, strong flavours of mint, coriander and chile that Vietnamese cuisine has. The ginger-honey chicken was gluggy and like a poor example of Cantonese Chinese food; the main vegetable was thickly sliced white onion. The Beef with lemongrass was a tad better but it had no vegetables other than the lemongrass. The rice paper rolls were barely acceptable with a pro dipping source. Rumor has it (we were visitors) that there are frequently labor pickets protesting outside on many occasions due to poor labor conditions. There weren't any the night we were there- but be warned.
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