I’ve been a regular at the Little Saigon Grill since they first opened a couple of years ago (I actually can’t believe how much time has passed, but such is life I suppose!). I was admittedly a sceptic, as I’ve frequented quite a few Vietnamese eateries in Darra and Inala. However, seeing as this is pretty much the only place in Brisbane CBD that offers Vietnamese food – I knew I’d get sucked in eventually.
Seeing as I’m pretty sure the owner’s mum has a banh mi/take away shop that has been open in the ‘burbs for as long as I remember, their banh mi tastes almost identical. Although described to suit the office worker’s palette – using words like pork terrine – the familiar Vietnamese pate, homemade eggy mayonnaise, and pickled carrot is just like I remember. All hand made while you wait, with the fluffy Vietnamese baguette grilled for that crunchy bite, it is well worth a try. At around $6 a pop, it’s a great alternative to the usual sandwiches and rolls you can get.
Their rice noodle bowls are pretty good value at $7.90. I usually get their grilled beef option, as this is the most authentic flavour that I could find. Mixed in with bouncy noodles, fresh salad, a smattering of fried shallot onions and peanuts, and heaps of sauce that accompanies the dish, it is my favourite! I’ve also tried their honey pork balls, however I’d give it a miss – they a usually over cooked and there aren’t enough meat balls to go with the dish.
I’ve also taken a liking to their grilled beef salad. A spin on a traditional salad with fresh gourmet green leaves and tomatoes, some thin noodles coated in roasted rice powder, a decent serve of grilled beef, it is SO much yummier then other salads in the same arcade (or anywhere in the CBD). I eat this salad quite often 🙂
I have eaten their pork and prawn rolls, which while very simple, are great on a hot day. Quite good value ($2.20), however I feel they are stingy with their pork and prawn filling (half a prawn and two slivers of pork).
I wouldn’t really bother with their beef rendangs and non-Vietnamese curries as these dishes are not their specialty. Stick to their Vietnamese yellow curry. Yummy.
So if you’re in the city and want to eat something a bit different from the usual fair available, take a trip to Little Saigon Grill and eat some Vietnamese food. While it is not strictly traditional Vietnamese food, your stomach will thank you anyway. Well at least mine did!