Within three days of returning to Brisbane from our holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia, we were invited to experience the food and hospitality at Little Saigon Grill in Albert Street.
As with all of the Vietnamese eating houses we experienced on our trip, it’s not just about food packed with flavour, it’s also about warm hospitality and Thanh, our hostess on this day, was charming, knowledgeable and extremely proud of her new establishment, Little Saigon Grill.
The philosophy behind Little Saigon Grill is to produce everything in-house using the freshest local produce. As Thanh said “We use authentic Vietnamese recipes passed down to me from my parents using local produce”.
Having just experienced the real deal in Hanoi and Saigon, Al and I were very impressed with the authentic flavours, fresh quality and beautiful presentation of the food served at Little Saigon Grill.
The sizzling crispy crepe made with rice flour and coconut milk, served with your choice of pork, duck or prawn was light and tasty. It’s a share dish served with a basket of herbs and lettuce. To eat, you take a lettuce leaf, fill with your choice of herbs along with some of the crepe and wrap it up, ready to dip into the perfectly balanced dipping sauce.
We also sampled rice paper rolls, green pawpaw salad, caramalised pork belly with soft boiled eggs, grilled pork chops and chicken and pumpkin curry. Every dish was a winner. All of the meat was tender and the flavours well balanced. You could tell it was food cooked with love.
During my holiday I developed a real love of Pho (a rich broth with rice noddles, herbs and meat), so I look forward to returning to try the Pho Bo (beef) and Pho Ga (chicken).
If you are a fan of Vietnamese coffee, Little Saigon Grill also serve Cafe Sua Da (hot and cold). If you’ve not tried it before, then I recommend the cold version with condensed milk and crushed ice.
If you are in the city, Little Saigon Grill is the perfect place for a quick lunchtime bite but I think Vietnamese food is better shared with friends over a leisurely lunch or early dinner. It’s fun, healthy and it won’t break the bank balance. You won’t be disappointed.
Located at 123 Albert Street, Brisbane (in the laneway just behind Coffee Club).
We parked at the parking station at 123 Albert Street. Little Saigon Grill is located just as you exit the carpark lift. Look for the sign.
For the Love of Food was a guest of Little Saigon Grill.