Saigon Cuisine at Tanforan in San Bruno- great place for a quick lunch before heading to the airport
Happened upon this place while walking through the mall. I was impressed that at 11 am on a weekday morning, about 5 tables were occupied. By noon, when we were paying our bill, the place was full.
I really enjoyed the grilled pork with fresh mint and vermicellthe seasoning on the pork was addictive, and my mom thought the seafood noodle soup (their version of my tho soup-I think it was number 18) was the best version she has tried- and that's the dish she orders at every Vietnamese restaurant we visit. The fresh spring rolls/ goi cuon were good, with large shrimp, roast pork, and plenty of herbs, and were made to order ( always should be the case, but doesn't always seem to be the case), but the mains were so large that I think I'd skip the appetizers if I were to visit again.
The portions are on the generous side. Haven't tried other Vietnamese places in the Bay area, but I liked this place more than any of the Vietnamese places that I've found in Toronto where I'm based.
And best of all, it's only a 5-10 minute drive from the airport!