Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

The Tran family, originally from outside of the former Saigon, Vietnam, has made its mark on the Valley dining scene with Rice Paper in downtown Phoenix, a chic bistro featuring a menu of Vietnamese cuisine. Dennis Tran has brought that same sophistication and explosion of flavors to Surprise with his year-old restaurant, Saigon Kitchen. It’s got a chic, urban feel, though with the warmth, friendliness and casual atmosphere of an American diner. What an experience.
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Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

Scene: With a wall of banquettes as well as steel chairs and tables, Saigon Kitchen is stylish but comfortable. There is no kitschy decor — no requisite Buddhas, swinging paper lanterns or other Asian tchotchkes. A giant silver fork and spoon hang on one wall. Table settings are black and white. Large windows pour in light.
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Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

Food: Tran, a charming, talkative fellow, explained that the recipes are his and influenced by his mother, who moved with the family first to Japan and then to California. In Japan, he says, she won cooking awards. The food at Saigon Kitchen is authentic Vietnamese but is less salty to suit American tastes. But nothing is lost in translation — these dishes have enough flavor to fill the Mekong Delta.
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Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

Bahn mi (bon mee) are traditional Vietnamese sandwiches that reflect the nation’s colonial French influence. I’ve had bahn mi before and was sorely disappointed by the dryness of the sandwich. There’s nothing arid about the sandwiches at Saigon Kitchen, though. The generous baguette packed with moist barbecued pork as well as cilantro, carrots and cucumber, delivered a few small tingles of electricity, probably from the barbecue glaze ($6). It’s big enough to share if you want to order several items.

Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az

Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az
Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az
Saigon Kitchen Surprise Az