Saigon Saigon

Tommy and I tried a new (to us) pho place in Pentagon City last weekend, Saigon Saigon. We were really hoping we’d be pleased with this restaurant as we thought it’d be nice to have a “local” pho place we could always go to when the craving hit. Most of the pho places we have either been to or have heard about are in Annandale or in that direction.

For those that aren’t familiar with pho, it is a Vietnamese dish consisting of broth, noodles made from rice, a few herbs, and meat. It is a very popular street dish in Vietnam.

Our expectations were met!

The service was incredibly speedy (we were immediately greeted, seated, and drink orders were placed). Once we ordered our dishes, they both came out in under 5 minutes – no joke.

I got the small Tai Nam pho dish. This had slide of eye-of-round and flank as the meat.

I got the small Tai Nam pho dish. This had slide of eye-of-round and flank for the meat component.

Tommy got the large Dac Biet dish, which had a combo of flank, eye round, and meatballs as the meat.

Tommy got the large Dac Biet dish pho, which had a combo of flank, eye round, and meatballs for the meat component.

We thought both of are dishes were incredibly flavorful and filling. We liked that they offered a small and large portion for their phos. Their menu is rather extensive – if you aren’t in the mood for pho there are plenty of other things you can order.

Post pho we decided to be a little adventurous and try Vietnamese coffee. Tommy took it hot and I got it iced.

Saigon 3

Saigon 4

The coffee was a little too sweet for our liking. At first I thought this coffee would have been perfect for me since I gravitate towards sweeter coffees, but no luck.

Factoid: I learned on my trip to Vietnam, that the word “pho” isn’t pronounced the way it looks with a long “O”, but it’s pronounced as if it was spelled “pha”.

Tommy and I give Saigon Saigon two thumbs up!

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