“ VIETNAMESE / ASIAN. 29a Crown Terrace Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland AB11 6HD. Tel: +44 (0)1224 213 212. „
First time there last night with daughter for her birthday treat. Wow, Amazing place, food excellent, staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Think we'll just do starters next time, main courses for another time. Couldn't manage main course after such delectable starters. If you like chinese food you'll love this food.
Sai Gon is a Vietnamese restaurant hidden away on Crown Terrace in Aberdeen. Truly a hidden jewel in the Oriental quarter of the City, it may just seem a normal door on the outside but once you descend the flight of stairs you are welcomed into a warm well lit restaurant.
Typically of an Oriental restaurant there is are lots of mirrors on the walls, some oriental decoration and lots of tables. Definitely somewhere to have a works night out, as the staff are more than happy to join tables together and the next thing you know you're taking up the entire back wall of the place!
For those not acquainted with Vietnamese foods, the staff are more than happy to advise options for you and are great for nut allergy suffers - making sure that no satay items are mixed with your order.
The speciality here is "all you can eat", which some of my friends have been known to accept as a challenge! It works on the style of a buffet; you order as many starters as you like, or indeed can manage. The starters include crispy seaweed, duck, sesame prawn, barbecued spare rib, crab claw crispy wun tun as well as the baskets of prawn crackers, which are on the tables.
All of the food is freshly cooked to order so unlike the usual buffets you know the food is fresh.
The major attraction for us is the price, for starters you are £6.90 per person which means you can stuff yourself with seaweed and prawn toast to your hearts content and you will not be charged any extra for ordering 7 plates of seaweed. Main courses are roughly £5/£6 each which is not too bad when you see the portion size. And with over 100 dishes fro choose from you can be guaranteed that there will be something for everyone including vegetarians.
The food is absolutely wonderful - freshly prepared with crisp vegetables and plenty of seafood, just the right amount of sauce and plenty of meat.
The staff are all very helpful and friendly and are more than happy to explain what ca muc xao xa is and will help you find something on the menu if you're not too sure what you'd like.
The only downside to Sai Gon is the price of drinks, which is understandably high because the food is so cheap. A bottle of wine can be somewhere in the region of £12 - £18 and beer is available for a few pounds.
Definitely somewhere I would recommend for a group meal, as it generally works out at £20 a head every time we've been in and that's with groups of 10 and above.
The Sai Gon Vietnamese restaurant in Aberdeen is truly a pig out paradise! It is situated in Crown Terrace, which is the centre of the Oriental restaurant area in Aberdeen. Crown Terrace is full of restaurants and it would be possible to overlook the Sai Gon. You enter by a long flight of stairs, lit by sparkly lights, down to below street level. The restaurant is large but busy. Its not maybe the place to come for a quiet romantic meal as the tables are fairly close together and it is brightly lit. The decoration, to me, is typical Chinese restaurant, sumptuous furnishings, and lots of mirrors and thick carpets. The main attraction of the Sai Gon is, unsurprisingly, the food. The speciality of the house is the "all you can eat". The way it works is that you order as many dishes as you want and they are cooked for you. It's a major improvement on a buffet as you get what you want and you know that everything is freshly cooked and served straight away. The other major plus point is that you pay a fixed amount of £18.50 (at the weekends, £16.50 during the week) no matter how much you eat. The menu is huge with a range of over 100 dishes including a good selection of seafood, duck, and vegetarian dishes so it is suitable for everyone. You can order as many as many dishes as you want at once and then you can keep ordering. We kept the menu with us and ordered the next batch of dishes when we were about half way through. Between two of us we managed to eat 5 starters, 11 main courses and 1 dessert! It sounds a lot but Oriental food doesn't really fill you up a lot so you can eat quite a lot! Honestly!!! The food was lovely - freshly prepared with crisp vegetables and plenty of seafood - not all sauce and no meat! There is plenty of waiting staff so you can order quickly and the food doesn't take long to arrive when you consider how much they must be cooking. One drawback is that to make u
p for the bargain you get for the food, the drink is a bit dear. A bottle of house wine costs about £15 and beer is about £2 a bottle (for the Chinese brand). A bottle of saki is the best buy at £6 but I must admit I stuck to beer! If there is a group of you it is an excellent place to go. There are tables large enough to seat 10 people and the order as much as you like idea is great value. It makes it so much easier to sort out the bill at the end as well! A brilliant place to go to pig out just make you starve yourself before hand!