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Published January 13th 2017
Rice to the occasion
Saigon Gate Kilburn is a little shop tucked away in a little shopping village along the northern end of Prospect Road. Little it may be, but it serves up a huge portion of Vietnamese combination rice for only $13. I often struggle to finish the meal leaving some of its rice unfortunately untouched.
Vietnamese combination rice is a dish consisting of grilled pork chop, shredded pork skin, roasted pork belly, fried egg, pickled carrot and sliced cucumber. It is served with a small bowl of fish sauce and a small bowl of soup broth. In my opinion, this is one of the best in Adelaide.
As you enter, wait to be seated. A menu will then be brought to you and your order will be taken shortly after. Pay your bill at the counter when you have finished your meal.
The shop is busy during peak lunch time, especially on Saturdays, and it can be difficult to obtain a table. A queue builds up outside at times. I would advise getting there either earlier before the crowd or later after the crowd. This would also help with parking. Only a small shared car park is available at the back (its entrance is via Gladstone Avenue). Else, on-street parking would be the other option.
Locating the shop can be tricky. So look out for Chemist Warehouse instead, which is just next door. Opposite is Caltex Woolworths.
The Chemist Warehouse next door
Its trading hours are from 11am to 8pm on weekdays and from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. Sadly, it is closed on Sundays.