Little Saigon Bar & Restaurant
This Vietnamese eatery serves familiar favorites like Cha Gio Tuoi—fresh spring rolls with herbs, vermicelli, shrimp and roast pork—as well as heartier fare like pho bo (traditional beef noodle soup). Wash it all down with Asian-inspired cocktails such as the Saigon Kick, a mix of tequila, orange curacao, ginger syrup and orange peel.
The buzz: A recent Clarke Quay arrival comes in the form of this six-week-old Vietnamese restaurant and bar.
The vibe: It’s a cozy dimly-lit space with dark wooden furnishings that’s well-suited for the in-house band that performs easy listening and pop tunes from 9:30pm Mondays to Saturdays. For those who prefer being outdoors, there’s a laid-back (if somewhat touristy) alfresco area which affords a view of the river and Central shopping mall.
The food: Aside from familiar favorites like cha gio tuoi ($14)—fresh spring rolls with shrimp and roast pork—and pho bo ($18), beef noodle soup, there are also meat dishes including vit nuong mam gung, grilled duck breast with ginger sauce ($22), as well as the more unusual dui ech chien bo, deep-fried frog legs with onion-butter sauce ($16). If you’re after something light, give the refreshingly delish bo bop thau, a sliced beef salad with star fruit, onions and basil ($17), a go.
The drinks: A pretty decent selection of cocktails that’s a mix of classic ($15-16) and in-house concoctions ($15). Of the latter, interesting offerings include Exotic Hanoi, a lemongrass-scented tipple with vodka, lime juice and triple sec. You’ll also find Vietnamese beers like Bia 333 and Saigon (both $11), too.
Why you’ll be back: For those times when you’re having a craving for Vietnamese grub, this is a decent spot to chow down at before hitting the bars.
Eat this: Bo bap thau. It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2012).
|Address:||Little Saigon Bar & Restaurant, #01-02 Blk E Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Rd., Singapore, 179021 Singapore|
|Open since:||June, 2012|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thu 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am|
|Nearest train||Clarke Quay|
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