Friday, July 6, 2012

Saigon Bistro-Lakeland,FL Restaurant Review

Saigon Bistro

Known for it's spring rolls, this fresh and organic vietnamese bistro is my new favorite spot at Lakeside Village. Saigon has an eclectic menu with many healthy options for those who choose to eat on the lighter side.

We have eaten here five times in the last two months and I am proud of myself for trying so many new things.  I am not one for egg rolls but it is a new tradition that we must have the crispy spring rolls for our appetizer!

Crispy Spring Rolls
They come with a side of "fish sauce"  (don't worry it is much better than it sounds) and you can add different spicy sauces to mix in if you choose.

In the past I have ordered the chicken lettuce wraps and curry chicken but today I was feeling a little more adventurous and decided to try Pho soup for the first time.
Pho Soup 
I ordered this because I wanted to keep things a little lighter.  I was pleasantly surprised! I ordered the soup with meatballs but there are a variety of options.  (next time I will try the chicken-it is more my style) It comes with a side of bean sprouts, fresh basil, limes and jalapeños to add to your bowl.  In the soup I found rice noodles, onion, cilantro, green onion, and of corse the meatballs.
I especially liked the cilantro in the soup! All of the flavors blended so well, I was truly impressed. It all reminded me a of a more exotic wedding soup.

Daniel ordered his favorite: Rice Noodle Salad with Chicken
The chicken in this salad reminded me a little of a fresher bourbon chicken (like what you see in the mall) It comes with rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts, onion and chicken with a side of fish sauce as the dressing. Again, we like to add a spicy sauce to it that comes on the table in three different varieties.

All in all this is a wonderful new hot spot! Don't be afraid to get out of the box and try something new!


  1. I love it there too! Try the Taro Milk Tea. It's delicious! Brings me back to my childhood when I would spend my allowance to buy those milk teas.

    I noticed, though, that their fish sauce is "westernized" in a way that they seemed to dilute it in something... traditional nuoc mam (fish sauce) is VERY stinky. Even my husband don't want to be near it when I'm cooking with it! The fish sauce we had at Saigon Bistro didn't smell at all! (Might be a good thing for other diners!)

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