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Published March 28th 2015
Go for delicious Vietnamese food in the heart of Sydney
Before watching the spectacularly wonderful production of Les Miserables at the Capitol Theatre, my friend and I stopped by Saigon Queen in the hip and very overlooked Darlinghurst. On strict and unyielding uni budgets, I had found a great deal on Our Deal, which included a shared entree between two, 2 mains, a soft drink each and a double scoop of ice-cream. This was all for only $25.
As we found out later, Saigon Queen was located only a convenient short stroll from Central or Museum Station. However, those who might want to spare those legs for something else can catch a quick 378 or 311 bus from Central taking only 5-10 minutes.
We were nicely greeted upon our arrival by a young Vietnamese man and asked to sit anywhere as it was still quite empty at 5.30pm. It was spacious with white chairs and tables facing the more comfy couches. There were also white tables grouped in twos and fours.
Pleasant restaurant atmosphere
The general ambience was very comforting with rather dim lighting. We took refuge in the couches and were almost immediately sent table water and the menu.
Though our deal reserved our choices, there were still plenty of delicious options to choose from. After a rather quick scan of the menu, we were decided on our choices. I was very impressed at the speed of the arrival of the food. First, we were given our Goulburn Valley fruit juices. Then, our shared entree of 6 crispy chicken spring rolls were rushed out accompanied by two lettuce leaves and a sweet and spicy sauce.
Crispy Chicken Spring Rolls- yum!
Also, coming at our table was the huge salad we couldn't finish with brussel sprouts, with a side of lemon and chilli. I was confused by this, as I did not know it was included in my order but my friend explained that it was there to cook in our hot mains.
I dipped the perfectly made spring rolls into the sauce and it was delicious! Before finishing my share of 3, we were given our mains of the iconic Vietnamese Pho, with steam gently floating away from the large bowl. It was indeed a very generous serving.
Huge serving of Pho with beef brisket
I had chosen the Vietnamese noodles with beef brisket and my friend had chosen the chicken. Both equally delicious.
I have to admit though, by this stage, our stomachs were on the edge of exploding but we were determined. The food was just too good to waste! So we ignored all the warning signs and continued to finish our mains. As this was a three course meal, we were not finished in our degustation. The final piece of the puzzle was the absolutely delicious scoops of ice-cream: a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of taro with peanut sprinkles.
Vanilla and Taro scoops
One of my personal favourite flavours was taro, so I'm a bit biased in this aspect of the commentary on Saigon Queen. Perhaps my friend who has never really liked the taro flavour can give a more honest recount on the ice-cream.
I would definitely return at a later date, even if I can't grab myself a deal. However, if you wish to grab an amazing deal such as this, hop onto Our Deal. There might still be some vouchers available for Saigon Queen. Even at its normal price, it won't break your bank at $10-20. It is so worth it!