Just Open - Saigon Harbor in Havertown
So I took my son and we headed to the new Vietnamese restaurant on West Chester Pike in Havertown. Overall, It was pretty good. The staff were accommodating and very nice. We started with the grilled squid which was delicious. Then seafood noodle soup which they kindly split in the kitchen for us, since we were sharing. I had a spicy sizzling shrimp dish and my son had a fried rice. We enjoyed ours so much, I decided to get take out for my husband, who was stuck at home. We chose curry chicken for him, and he loved it.
The portions were a nice size, the prices were reasonable, and we'll definitely be going back.
We dined in at SH earlier this week (wife and I, 6 month old son and 3 yr old daughter), and I am sad to say that my experience was definitely not good. It is not authentic Vietnamese (as the employees were not Vietnamese), and the employees to my knowledge did not even understand the menu (possibly new kinks to work out). The restaurant itself was very bright and clean, and very warm and inviting.
We already knew what we wanted to eat prior to even looking at the menu so I ordered right away what we wanted: Pho Dac Biet (Pho deluxe), Bun Thit Nuong (Grilled pork vermicelli), and two orders of the Goi Cuon (Summer Rolls). Server had no idea what I was asking for, and referred to the manager to take my order. Told him the same thing, in both English and Vietnamese (I'm Vietnamese btw). Manager then tells me I need to point at the menu so he knows what I am ordering (which I found very unprofessional, but still obliged).
Summer rolls come out and they had a brown tinge to them, which I found odd. With closer inspection, lettuce is browned and mung bean sprouts are also browned. Sent back and order taken off the bill. Pho comes out and only had broth, noodles and 1 kind of sliced meat (usually it has tripe and other slices of meats) and did not come with the usual Thai basil/sprout/lime/jalapeno toppings that most other places offer automatically with the entree. The pho itself was not bad at all, broth very good and noodles al dente. Vermicelli bowl came out incorrect (gave beef instead of pork) but kids didn't care what meat they had, so we kept the order.
I'm not sure if I am being too hard on them, but I have a certain expectation whenever I eat Vietnamese. There were plenty other patrons there, so they must be doing something right. I'll give them another shot in a couple months, but I'll be eating at either Little Saigon or Cafe Anh Hong down by the H-Mart in Upper Darby in the meantime.
Havertown definitely needs a good Vietnamese restaurant.....
Little Saigon Restaurant
2801 Arctic Ave, Atlantic City, NJ 08401