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bortel Jul 8, 2007 08:01 AM

Can anyone recommend a good Vietnamese restaurant in the western suburbs of Philadelphia? Thanks.

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    Jack Denver Nov 20, 2007 08:47 AM

    I second the recommendation for Ha Long Bay - surprisingly good Vietnamese food for a suburban place that does not attract a Vietnamese customer base. The key for all Vietnamese food is to stick to soups and appetizers and noodle dishes and skip the "entrees" section of the menu, which are usually just really bad stir fries that are like mediocre Chinese food.

    The shrimp with rice vermicelli, lettuce and herbs, served with rice paper to wrap the bundles is a terrific dish.

    1. Mawrter Nov 17, 2007 06:35 PM

      I have two new loves to share!

      Bamboo House of Noodle Soups
      245 Lancaster Ave. (in the Giant shopping center on the north side of Route 30)
      Frazer, PA 19355
      (610) 296-7711

      Ha Long Bay Inc
      816 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
      (610) 525-8881

      And look what I found when searching for the name & address of my new love in Bryn Mawr! http://www.foodofvietnam.com

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      Ha Long Bay
      816 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

      Bamboo
      Frazer PA, Frazer, PA

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        eveinoue Sep 6, 2007 05:56 AM

        Savor Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant in Levittown by the H-Mart Asian supermarket and the Oxford Valley Mall is excellent. Delicous, friendly, downright cheap. Yippee. Check out their website: www.savorsaigon.com

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          AmblerGirl Sep 9, 2007 04:55 PM

          Agree -the food there is absolutely delicous. Great pho, great bubble tea.

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          sabhoy Jul 10, 2007 10:44 AM

          The brand new Taste of Saigon opened at 249-A, Egg Harbor Road in Turnersville, NJ on 7/9/2007! We had the appetizer sampler (2 spring rolls, 2 crazy chicken, 2 pumpkin turnovers, and 2 Nam Nuong, $9.95). The husband had the Basil chicken($12.95). I had the Pho Saigon ($5.95)that had thinly slicke flank steak and beef balls in a delightful beef broth and rice noodles. The bean sprouts, line wedges, and basil leaves were served on the side. Red rice in coconut milk was a chewy, liquidy, not overly sweet dessert. The Lime iced tea alone was worth the trip. The restaurant features cloth table coverings and napkins, and fresh flowers.

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            pft Jul 10, 2007 11:23 AM

            My wife is Vietnamese and we live in Lansdale. For her, it was either Vietnam Cafe in Telford, which she liked very much, or she would head down to the Washington Ave. places. She tried Pho Thai Nam in Blue Bell and said it was just average, but she was very picky about her pho.

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              Schpsychman Nov 19, 2007 11:38 AM

              I would have to agree that Vietnam Cafe in Telford is the best Vietnamese food I've had in the suburbs. I go to Pho Thai Nam as well but usually when some of my children want Thai and some of them want Vietnamese but find that both are merely average. Pho Thai Nam's Pho is average in my book and not nearly as good as Vietnam Cafe's. My child say that their Thai is not as good as what they get at Nadia's in Lansdale (which I think is OK). So it seems that they don't do either all that well (though the owner is a very nice guy and now knows my children well).

              I have to venture down to Washington Ave. and try some places down there (e.g. Nam Phuong). I was at Vietnam about a month ago and my wife and I were disappointed once again in their food.

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                FoolForFood Nov 20, 2007 11:13 AM

                Yes, I'd agree with your wife re: the average pho at Pho Tai Nam. However, on my laziest of days, I'd rather drive there instead of making the hike to Chinatown.

            2. AmblerGirl Jul 10, 2007 10:30 AM

              Pho Thai Nam in Blue Bell is quite good. Very good Pho. Savor Saigon in Levittown is also very good. Great Pho, great bubble tea, great shakes.

              I have heard such good things about Vietnam Cafe in Telfor on this board... I'm dying to try it!

              I typically eat in the suburbs and am of the beleif that you can find as high a quality restaurant in the burbs as you can in the city if you go to the right place (I know many disagree on this point). However, I do feel that "authentic" Asian food is one area where you will find the best food in the city. The food in the burbs is good for these cuisines (Vietnamese, Thai, etc) but really does not compare to the city.

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                QueenB Jul 10, 2007 12:32 PM

                Depends on where you go in the suburbs, I think.

                For instance, if you go to a Thai, Viet restaurant in a section of town that has a huge Thai or Viet population, you're going to get true, authentic food. Telford definitely fits this bill, as the section Vietnamese Cafe is located in, is highly populated with Vietnamese and you'll find there is actually a "Vietnamese" section of that town.

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                  isadorasmama Jul 14, 2007 02:58 PM

                  We went to Savor Saigon a few weekends ago and thought the food was very good. Highly recommended!

                2. Mawrter Jul 9, 2007 09:22 PM

                  We like Le Saigon in the Paoli shopping center a lot. It's a BYOB. I have little confidence in its authenticity, but I wouldn't know the diff and it's enjoyable food.

                  http://www.lesaigon.com
                  (610) 889-4870

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                  Le Saigon
                  82 E Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA 19301

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                    rabidog Sep 6, 2007 06:02 PM

                    le saigon has been hit-or-miss with me. on my most recent visit i had a completely awesome and spicy sizzling tofu (agreed with your comments on authenticity, but it was tasty nonetheless). another time i had a noodle dish with vegetables where the spices just didn't gel for me.

                    there's a real lack of good asian dining within driving distance from work, but this place comes in second to new lee garden (chinese).

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                      FoolForFood Nov 20, 2007 11:12 AM

                      Where is New Lee Garden??

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                      FoolForFood Nov 20, 2007 11:17 AM

                      I just looked at Le Saigon's online menu and noticed they do not serve pho! Sacrilege!

                    3. QueenB Jul 8, 2007 08:39 AM

                      It's a bit of a hike, but the best Vietnamese I've found in the Philly Suburbs is the Vietnam Cafe in Telford. There's a large Vietnamese population in the town, and this restaurant is right in the middle of it.

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                      Vietnam Cafe Restaurant
                      179 Penn Ave, Telford, PA 18969

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                        suzy Jul 8, 2007 08:28 AM

                        In Warminster we went to a new Asian Restaurant called Yazmin. I had the Pho and Grilled Shrimp which were excellent. My husband had a delicious pork dish. They serve Asian ( Thai, Vietnamese and French) Contemporary Cuisine. It's address is 240 York Road in the Warminster Shopping Center. BYO too!

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