I had not been to Saigon for quite a number of years and at that visit was not impressed. This visit was with a table of 9 where we could have more dishes. We did not go with a set menu, rather just made selections from their menu. Saigon has easy access off the 880 freeway and has its own parking lot (more about that later). There are steps to the front door (would expect there is a ramp somewhere that meets ADA requirements) but there are no railings or any sort. The restaurant is essentially one big open long room with high ceilings, brightly lit, 3 large flat-screen TVs with live seafood and roast ducks along the south wall. Plenty of round tables for 10-12 people with a lot of smaller tables that comfortably seat 4. We were there at 6pm mid-week and were the 2nd or 2rd group in so service was quick. The wooden round table we sat at had a glass lazy susan but no tablecloth. The menu is extensive (dim sum menu is separate time service) but we had West Lake Minced Beef Soup, Honey Glazed Prawns with Walnuts, a tofu with bok choy dish, fried fish fillets, seafood fried rice (scallops and tiny shrimp), chicken chow fun, a chinese vegetable dish, lamb with radish claypot and a sizzling chicken platter. Every dish was tasty. The sizzling chicken platter could have used more chicken and the lamb claypot looked boring but the meat was so soft and delicious. The chow fun had too many bean sprouts but the fun noodles themselves had a nice smokey flavor from the wok. The West Lake Minced Beef Soup was much more substantial than other restaurants same soup. Prices are higher here than other places or what we're used to paying. As more groups filtered in it was 95% Chinese. What was on the TV screens that evening? The 3rd Trump-Clinton debate and Game 4 of Cubs-Dodgers. Service was attentive. Okay back to the parking lot. They have 2 gates, one marked with arrows to enter. The parking lot is a decent size. However when we exited the second gate does not open and you are forced down a narrow path back to the open gate. The other thing noticed is within one hour of eating we were quite thirsty; a probable sign of the use of MSG. We already know that many Asian cuisines are salty due to soy sauce or similar usage. We I come back? Sure because they have a lot of options but Saigon Seafood would not be my first choice for Chinese food.
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