Jersey City: Downtown Saigon Cafe?
- steve d.
Taking a nice long walk on this gorgeous day I happened on a Vietnamese place, apparently new, at 188 Newark Ave. (just south of Jersey) called Downtown Saigon Cafe; the menu looks promising (ten entries under Pho, separate sections of South East Asia Specialties and Entrees from Saigon, a very nice Vietnamese typeface) and the prices are quite reasonable -- has anyone tried it? (I haven't gotten to Casablanca yet, and this is even farther from my place of hellish employment, so I'd like a rave to lure me if possible.)
Is that the fairly new place on Newark Ave? If so, the
only way I'd ever go back there is if they fired the
service and kitchen staff. My 1st experience left me
flabberghasted. I ordered something that was to be
prepared at the table, I assumed by the waiter. Well,
they just put the raw meat and vegetables on the table,
along with the stove. I thought they were coming back
to cook it, especially because they didn't even light
the stove (or leave matches). So after sitting there
feeling stupid for 15 minutes and dying of hunger, I
finally asked. They might have thought of saying
something to me instead of letting me sit there like an
idiot. At that point I said forget it and left, and
wasn't charged for the meal.
I figured I'd give them a 2nd shot cuz I thought the
first experience might have been a cultural thing, and
I love Vietnamese. The food is very mediocre, and the
service is ridiculously unprofessional. Appetizers and
entrees came out at different times for both of
us,same as first time we were there. There was no
assistance when asked to describe the items. And they
were downright unfriendly. We were the only Americans
there both times, and maybe we weren't welcome.