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“I'm no expert...but that was GOOD.”
Review of Saigon Kitchen

Saigon Kitchen
Ranked #14 of 270 Restaurants in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Two of us showed up on a Saturday night with no reservations. The hostess was friendly but runs a tight ship. We waited a pleasant 20 minutes although their popularity plainly exceeds their capacity. If its busy, be prepared to wait outside. A small note invites you to wait at the bar down the street. The diners were a rainbow of ethnicity which we took as a good sign.

Our waitress was prompt, warm and businesslike. Too busy for chit-chat but was knowledgeable enough to help two Vietnamese food novices. While we were waiting we checked out the various dishes coming out of the kitchen. Portions were generous and the presentations lovely. We had fried Calamari for an appetizer, a grilled meat platter (shrimp, beef and chicken) and a lemon grass chicken vermicelli. The various sauces were flavorful without cloying sweetness, the calamari had a crunchy breading with substantial hunks of salty, flavorful meat. The jasmine rice was perfectly cooked and fragrant and the vegetables, raw and cooked, were surprisingly fresh. Price for two with tip was $35 without wine or dessert.
Other diners raved about their pretty fruit smoothie-type drinks and their tall bubbly tapioca/fruit desserts. (not even going to try to recall the Vietnamese names)
All in all, we were VERY happy and the diners around were all in good spirits and obviously enjoying their meals. The staff managed a couple large tables of eight and the inconveniences of the tight quarters were far outweighed by the atmosphere. We will be back. Many times I suspect.

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Thank nyramblinman
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you want to experience quality vietnamese cuisine, then this is worth a visit. Very friendly atmosphere. Service can be a bit slow on weekend nights, but the food is worth the wait.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This restaurant, owned by the same family for many years, has recently moved downtown.
Attractive decor, excellent food and service. A busy restaurant,popular with students and locals. I heartily recommend Saigon Kitchen as a place to relax, and enjoy a variety of Asian dishes.

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1  Thank shanemaidele
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

A comfortable Asian cafe for lunch or dinner. They seem to use good ingredients (not always the case in Asian restaurants), a varied menu, and good wait staff.

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Thank artyfax
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

The best way to enjoy Vietnamese cooking in NY, seriously... You must eat here soon! Great food and people.

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Thank homer13077
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