We’ve been regulars (at least 10 years!) at Saigon Night since its previous hole-in-the-wall location, right beside the Odeon Theatre, on Yates Street. Currently located on Fort (near Quadra) in downtown Victoria, owner Tway oversees the restaurant’s tantalizing Vietnamese cuisine.
Tway is from Vietnam, and is the tiniest, sweetest lady you will ever meet. She runs her establishment as a family affair – including her brother and daughter who work in the restaurant. Now that we live in Vancouver, every time we head to Vancouver Island to visit friends and family, we make sure we stop in to see lovely Tway and feast on Saigon Night’s delicious dishes.
#7 Tau Hu Chien ($7.75) – Deep fried tofu doused in a gorgeous ginger sauce. We always order this appetizer because it is the best! Since there was a group of us on this particular occasion, we ordered two of these dishes so that everyone could try some. We have persuaded tofu-haters to try this dish and they have all LOVED it. The trick is, the restaurant uses potato flour to coat the tofu pieces before lightly deep frying. The flour creates contrasting textures with an extra crunchy exterior and a soft interior, and the pieces stay crunchy for longer in the sauce because of the potato flour.
#19 Mi Xao Don Thap Cam ($13.65) – Deep fried noodles with your choice of seafood or chicken, and mixed vegetables. We usually order this dish with scallops and prawns, yum. The crispy noodles get coated in, and then soak up its luscious sauce.
#17 Bun Bo/Ga/ Xao Xa ($11.50) – Rice vermicelli noodles with your choice of lemongrass beef or lemongrass chicken. Served with peanuts, shredded iceberg lettuce, carrots, bean sprouts. (Deep fried spring roll was additional). The fragrant lemongrass beef has a sinfully aromatic sweet and savory flavour.
#18 Bun Bi, Thit Nuong, Cha Gio ($11.50) – Rice vermicelli bowl with grilled pork, carrots, shredded iceberg lettuce, bean sprouts, and served with a shrimp spring roll. This is one of Saigon Night’s most popular dishes since it’s a HUGE portion, fresh, and delicious. The grilled pork is slightly sweet and is their house specialty as you can find it included in many dishes.
Bananas ‘n Ice Cream – Lightly battered and deep fried bananas with vanilla ice cream, roasted peanuts, and drizzled with honey. Such a simple dessert, but such perfect pairings: The contrast between scorching hot fruit with frosty rich ice cream, and soft and crunchy textures — are simply heavenly.
My favorite dish at Saigon Night is #20 Banh Tam ($11.50) – Udon noodles topped with grilled pork and shredded pork, in a thick & creamy coconut sauce. Additionally, their shrimp and pork salad rolls are also very tasty. Honestly, I haven’t tasted an item on their menu that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy – every dish is divine. Saigon Night is hands down the best Vietnamese restaurant in Victoria, and all of Vancouver Island!