Venue Image
40 Beach Road,
Auckland Central
Auckland,


0800 SAIGONZ

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarNo Star
Review byBrett Atkinson11/08/2009
If you’re a regular at events like the various Farmers’ Markets around town, or the International Cultural Festival, you’ve probably already seen the Saigonz caravan, painted black and green, and serving up excellent Vietnamese food. The team behind Saigonz have now opened their first restaurant, and it’s also a goodie.

Location-wise Saigonz is down in the area of Beach Rd where a new apartment block seems to go up every six months or so. It’s a smart place to open with Saigonz already proving popular with the significant population of Asian students in the area.

Unlike the majority of Auckland’s other Vietnamese restaurants, Saigonz has a modern ambience with polished concrete floors and walls combining with bright colours. Strips of bamboo and black and white pictures of old Saigon add an Asian influence. It’s actually a fairly informal space, as much takeaway as restaurant, and not the kind of place to linger for a leisurely meal. However if you’re after quick service and great Vietnamese flavours look no further.

On a couple of separate visits I’ve tried the Vietnamese Crepes (Banh xeo, $9.50,) and the Vietnamese Bread Roll (Banh mi, $7). Saigonz’ versions of these two traditional Vietnamese streetfoods are both excellent. The crepes are crammed full of onions, bean sprouts, chives, and a choice of filling. The pork and pawn filling combines well with the crunchy vegetables inside. The Vietnamese Bread Rolls are the ideal Asian alternative to Subway with a toasted baguette lined with homemade pate, and then stuffed full of meat – try the lemongrass pork – and julienne vegetables, spring onion and fragrant coriander. Other light meals turned out by the open kitchen include gossamer-light fresh ‘summer’ rolls, zingy chicken salad, and pho, the hearty beef noodle soup that’s a favourite breakfast dish in Vietnam.

The first Saigonz to open is a welcome addition to Auckland’s eating scene. Let’s hope it’s the first of an expanding and successful franchise.
Saigonz has been reviewed by 1 users
 

Most Read Today

image
01 Guide to Vector Arena Auckland

A user's guide to Auckland's Vector Arena.

image
02 List With Us!

Get your venue or event listed with View New Zeala...

image
03 Auckland Hot 5 - August 2016

Your guide to the best events, attractions and dis...

image
04 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
05 Become a View Local Hero!

We're after people who are passionate about their ...

Content updated: 26/08/2016 15:19

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Bracu Restaurant
    What an experience! well worth the drive from the city. We will b...

    wanderlustkatie on 25/08/2016 @ 1:03 p.m.
  • Mekong Baby
    Amazing service and amazing Duck Curry. So many vibrant flavou...

    kooleno on 25/08/2016 @ 12:18 p.m.
  • Tok Tok
    Four of us enjoyed a meal at Tok Tok last weekend - it was good, ...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 25/08/2016 @ 12:11 p.m.
  • Grasshopper
    Came to Grasshopper for a taste of Thai. The service was good he...

    aucklandviewer on 21/08/2016 @ 10:39 p.m.
  • Al's Deli O'Connell Street
    What's not to love about a good burger? There are a few burger a...

    LisaS_LocalHero on 11/08/2016 @ 1:56 p.m.
Hitwise Award Winner