Located above a McDonalds, with their entry hidden on a side street to Leidsestraat, is one of Amsterdam’s best Vietnamese restaurants.
SAIGON CAFE ••• VIETNAMESE DELIGHTS IN AN UNLIKELY LOCATION
Follow the wooden staircase complete with neon lights up to the surprisingly spacious Saigon Cafe. You’ll find plenty of tables and even two bars in this large Vietnamese restaurant right in Amsterdam’s center.
There’s lots on the menu to choose from but most diners go for the pho and the fresh spring rolls. That’s what we had and we were not disappointed. Next time we will try the Vietnamese pancakes and salads. Yum!
Have you tried pho before? (pronounced something like “fuh”) This Vietnamese noodle soup typically consists of a light salty beef broth with thin rice noodles and either beef or chicken meat. Herbs, hot peppers, sliced limes and vegetables are served on the side, and eaters add what they like.
Thankfully Saigon fulfills that pho craving with huge steaming bowls of noodles and broth topped with plenty of thinly sliced rare beef.
If you happen to have a giant appetite, order the spring rolls as an appetizer to share. They are freshly made to order so your pho might even arrive first. Who cares! The flavors all go well together.
Saigon Cafe also has a long list of cocktails made with Bols liqueurs, such as the Swizzle, made of passionfruit and kiwi and their popular lychee martini.
Leidsestraat 95, Amsterdam