Elmwood Village favorite Saigon Café looks like your average American or Parisian café, with diners idly conversing at patio tables topped by green umbrellas, until you step inside and are greeted with a salutation in Vietnamese — a hint of what’s to come. The diverse Vietnamese and Thai menu features shrimp tempura and includes other winning starters such as fried bananas or sweet-and-sour soup. Entrées come in large portions, with standouts that include the omelet-like Vietnamese pancake, and caramel catfish. Also popular are stir-fries, which consist of your choice of sauce, vegetables and meat (seafood, beef or chicken). Ginger tea is the perfect accompaniment to your meal, and desserts include five-scoop fruit sorbets, with peach and mango the favorite flavors. Saigon Café can get particularly busy on weekends, so it’s best to call ahead for a table.
"Chef and co-owner Tai
Truong has an exceptional story: Having emigrated from Vietnam at a
young age, he has become a successful Buffalo restaurateur (he's
co-owner and manager of the popular Saigon-Bangkok on Niagara Falls
Boulevard as well as the more upscale venture, Tsunami on Kenmore
Avenue). With an elegant, intimate atmosphere, Saigon Café is yet
another success, serving a refreshing and tasteful array of pan-Asian
classics on the Elmwood Strip."