The Real Deal
Saigon Cafe, (formerly Little Saigon), is a bit of Vietnam snuggled into a red-awninged cafe in the Central West End. They take pride in dishing up Asian cuisine from locally produced ingredients—some that they grow themselves.
Kudos to chef/owner Joan, her son Michael Ly, and kitchen staff for bringing such lively and luscious Vietnamese cuisine to the area.
The menu includes such delicacies (and favorites of mine) as Pho Ga, a Vietnamese chicken soup, that’s good for what ails you. And Ca Ri Ga, a scrumptious yellow curry of chicken, potatoes, and carrots with jasmine rice.
Dine Inside or Street Side
The décor at this little gemstone is intimate and chic, as befits its location in the Central West End. But street parking can be a bit dicey. Happily, Laclede Parking Garage is nearby, so I’ve never had a problem.
For those who enjoy people watching, the oversized windows and outdoor patio provide a great view onto what’s hip and happening in the CWE.
Over the years, Saigon Cafe has developed a devout group of fans and followers and for good reason: you can always count on fresh ingredients, lively flavors, and relaxed surroundings. No MSG.
Saigon Cafe. 10 N. Euclid in Central West End. Open: Mon-Sat 11a-9p. Dine in, carry-out, or street side (weather permitting). Catering.
Freda Shen says
No MSG is such a blessing. When little, I used to get ‘lockjaw’ all the time when my family would eat out at Chinese restaurants. This restaurant looks like a gem.