FTLToday Quik Bite – Saigon Cuisine - , Margate, FL
(Saigon Cuisine inside)
This restaurant is tucked away in a strip mall on 441/Route 7 in Margate. They specialize in Veitnameese Cuisine and we have been there a few times already. The restaurant itself is quite large and there is a bar and a stage set up. I’m guessing they have some live bands playing there on the weekends. Once inside, the staff is quite friendly. We were greeted and sat right away. While they are friendly, the server (I think it might be a family member…maybe Grandpa) is extremely slow. I mean VERY slow. There were only 2 tables in the place for early lunch and he appeared to be frazzled. We ordered right away…both went for the Chicken Pho. Pho is a rice noodle/soup dish that is quite unique. I’ll go into more of that later.
(Saigon Cuisine bar area)
The table was clean, but the walls could have used some attention. They were not ‘dirty’ but noticeably not spotless. The yellow walls make it more noticeable maybe. The tables are all set with many condiments to add to your meal. Soy Sauce, Saracha…and the like. More options than many of the other Asian eateries around.
Now onto the Pho. Pho is the Veitnamese noodle soup. I believe it contains rice noodles and you pick a protein. We went with Chicken, but they have more adventurous proteins to try. The chicken Pho comes in one size, medium. The broth is super hot and included in the broth are your protein (chicken in our case) rice noodles, onions. They give you a separate plate of ‘mix-ins’ with your Pho. Fresh Basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno and lime. Each restaurant seems to have it’s own mix-ins…some with more…some with less. You can also add in any soy or spicy items you wish. With chicken Pho, the chicken is cooked prior to adding to the broth. If you order the steak Pho, it’s sliced paper thin and it’s served raw. The broth is so hot it cooks the steak when you add it at the table. Kind of cool. There are also more ‘authentic’ proteins which vary from place to place.
(Pho veggie and herb mix ins)
The broth is smooth and lightly salty. It is similar to a wonton broth but a little more complex. Once you start adding your items to the Pho, you can change the whole taste and have different combinations every time you order it. Most of the Pho comes in a cup, medium or large size. I believe the chicken is one size and is the medium size. The portion was quite large and it will fill you up.
Overall Saigon Cuisine is a great spot with some great Asian options that are a little different than the norm. The food is good, but the service is on the slow side. Take out might be a better option if you are in a hurry.
Saigon Cuisine location:
1394 N State Rd 7
FTLToday Score: B for the Food C for the Service