Saigonese-Vietnamese-Central Ave-Hartsdale-Has Opened!
Yes-After many, all too many delays, Saigonese has opened.
158 South Central Park Ave
Hartsdale, NY 10530
Open six (6) days a week
Tues-Thurs: 11:00 AM -9:00 PM
Fri & Sat: 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 (Noon)-9:00 PM
Location: Just South of The Four Corners on left/East Side. Across street from furnicher and crib store.
And yes, left turn there can, can be rather "fun"/interesting at times.
So: Wait a few minutes, use the wider lot just next door for turn, or go to next strip center on the right and use their parking lot to get to traffic light to make your U-turn back North.
Small spot +/- 30 seats.
And they are still working on a web site. All all too many other issues to worry about, work on and fix.
Went for lunch with a co-worker today. Place was packed, so food took awhile to come out. Hopefully, just opening jitters. My co-worker had the grilled pork w/vermicelli and she said it was delicious. I had the pho ga, which was pretty good, but my mom's is slightly better. Hoping to try a new dish each time I go.
Thank you for comments. Even without any (more) opening jitters, the only "draw-back" that this restaurant may have is its size. Can only seat, per fire-codes, +/- 34 people. And when I was there last night, I was told that may even hold true when outside patio is open!?!?!?!? Which is another one of those matters that they plan on checking on when the time comes for that.
Driving north on Central Ave. we almost missed the place. It is about half a mile south of Four Corners and comes up just after passing a Gulf station on your left. The restaurant is on the East side of Central Ave. with a small but adequately sized parking lot.
Being Vegans, my wife and I ordered Vegetarian Spring Rolls, Mixed Vegetarian Noodle, Vegetarian in Clay Pot and Rainbow Ice. Everything served was delicious and this restaurant may well be the best Asian spot in Westchester right now, although I must admit being partial to Vietnamese cooking. There is no lunch menu and I did not see Bahn Mai sandwiches listed. Two large Casablanca fans, and some nice artwork give the interior a nice exotic, languid flavor.
We were incorrectly served Summer Rolls instead of Spring Rolls but I didn't complain since they were large, with a generous portion of deep brown peanut sauce. The sauce turned out to be a little gloppy and needed a bit more peanut flavor and zing but the rolls were quite tasty. Next were Vermicelli noodles with mixed vegetables on top. Excellent dish! We also enjoyed the Clay Pot although it mistakenly contained fried tofu instead of the "fish like" soy protein listed on the menu. This tofu had an unusually chewy consistency and was served with onions in a unique and flavorful sauce reminiscent of Thai fish sauce. A portion of Rainbow Ice was the perfect dessert. Cocanut milk, cashews, red bean and jelly, fortunately not too sweet. We tried to order lychee drink, longan drink and a smoothie, all on the menu but not available just yet.
Saigonese had a few glitches, but overall this was a pleasantly successful meal. We are lucky to finally have the option of competently prepared Vietnamese cuisine in our area and I can enthusiastically recommend this restaurant.
As a vegetarian, I so appreciate your review. I live about 2 miles from this resto, and I hope it will become a regular on my rotation. Thank you so much for your input.
My only concern is the peanut sauce (which I love). Did you have to specify no fish sauce? How did you handle the whole fish sauce issue?
I believe their "Special Sauce" is free of fish sauce since it is listed only with vegetarian dishes . Those dishes with fish Sauce are clearly labeled. There is also Vegetable Hot Pot that comes with a clear vegetable broth which I plan to sample next time. Under the "Vegetables" Menu there are the following additional dishes: Mixed Vegetable Saigon Style (with or without tofu), Asparagus w Garlic in Special Sauce and String Bean w Garlic in Special Sauce. For me, enough to choose from.
We loved it.
The Exotic Saigon Roll (Bo Bia Sai Gon) was pretty tasty. The "sausage" was much closer in taste and appearance to sliced sweet soppressata than the dried Asian sausages I've had previously. It was porky and a bit fatty in the way that good soppressata should be. If you get the rolls, try them without the dipping sauce. When you can distinguish the individual ingredients in the roll as you chew, it is much tastier.
The Exotic Mango Salad (Goi Xoai Song) was lovely and fresh. The julienned mango was mostly ripe but not overly sweet or mushy. The shrimp were probably marinated and each was sliced in two along the back. There were plenty (at least 5 whole shrimp) and they were really fresh and sweet. No carrots, but lots of basil and roasted peanuts.
My favorite was the Beef in Grape Leaves (Banh Hoi Bo La Lot). They looked like odd little peanut-studded beef sachets. The leaves were a little dry, but for me, that only enhanced the tasty, finely ground meat inside. There was a nice citrus tang and probably some garlic mixed in with the beef. There were 6 "sachets" in all and because I was sharing, I wished for more than the three allocated to me.
My son, new to Vietnamese flavors, loved the Chicken Saigonese. There were two portions of chicken breasts that were spice-coated and grilled, sprinkled with herbs and peanuts and served over sticky rice. It smelled divine and was gone before I could taste it.
The prices were reasonable and the portions were perfectly appropriate. I can't wait to go back for more!