I can’t say I have any other authentic Vietnamese restaurants to compare this to, but I’ve enjoyed their Dac Biet each of the four times I’ve been there. Initially a vendor of mine introduced me to Vietnamese cuisine here a couple years ago and I usually get the craving every six months or so to head back.
More than half of the patrons were Asian when I’ve visited, which is usually a good sign that the food is authentic and not Americanized. The restaurant is usually 3/4 full even during a mid-week lunch hour. I enjoy the large variety of the large 3-4 person platter that is the Saigon Dac Biet each time I go, especially the leftovers. I chop everything up, fry it in a pan and make killer spring rolls the next day. (Picture attached) Service is usually poor (for American standards), but I’ve had much worse service when traveling abroad. So I understand folk’s complaint here, but I don’t dock them too much for that.
I also see other folk’s reviews complaining about it being expensive, yet give no context as to their expectations or talk in terms of value. The average meal looks to be around $15, and for the authenticity, quality, and quantity, I feel that it’s a good value. The Dac Biet was $40 the last time I was there, and now is $50 but the fact that it feeds 3-4 people and I still have leftovers - it’s still a good value to me.
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