Royal Saigon Restaurant, HCMC

We wanted to try this restaurant because of its high rating on Tripadvisor, and we braved the pouring rain to get to the restaurant for an early dinner at about 5pm. When we arrived, the restaurant was completely empty and we proceeded to a slightly bigger table with 4 seats. The male wait staff (who previously didn’t even bother showing us to our seats) came to us and now insisted that we take a smaller table with two seats. We complied, not wanted to be uncooperative. 
We then ordered our food and hoped for the best. Frankly, the food was rather disappointing, the platter and rolls we ordered were ordinary at best. Too dry, burnt at some parts and not enough herb taste. The Pho Bo was overly salty and ironically not sufficiently flavourful. The only saving grace was the Bun Thit Nuong, which was well done. 

Over all, we feel that this restaurant is rather overrated. You can get much better Vietnam food at the price you will be paying here. We left the restaurant full but unsatisfied, with a consensus that we won’t be coming back.

Summary:

“Welcome to Vietnam” Platter – Fried spring rolls with pork meat, fried wonton, grilled minced pork skewers, quail eggs coated with seafood and rice, shrimp wrapped in potato, fresh spring rolls with shrimp and pork. VND90,000 (5/10)

Bo la lot – Traditional minced beef-pork & betel leaf rolls VND50,000 (3/10)

Bun thit nuong – Rice noodles with pork, spring roll, fresh salad, cucumber, pickled carrots, peanuts and fish sauce dip VND65,000 (8/10)

Pho Bo – Beef noodle soup with fresh herbs VND50,000 (4/10)

1.5l Bottled Water VND30,000

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