Restaurant: Little Saigon
Location: 6218 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044-3210 (703) 536-2633
Date: April 22, 2011
One of my favorite places back “home” (Washington D.C.) is Little Saigon, a local hole in the wall Vietnamese place with absolutely stellar food. I reviewed it once before, but I’m back again for more.
This is just a page of the 6 page menu, for the whole thing look at the older review.
A nice sparkling wine goes well with Vietnamese.
My dad also brought this old cab. But it was corked, and probably not the worlds best wine to begin with :-).
This is marinated raw beef, soaked in fish sauce, with onions, chilies, and basil. Not a typical American flavor, but amazing nonetheless.
These are an interestingly different take on these classic soft Vietnamese rolls. Besides some of the usual veggies (lettuce, mint, bean sprouts, vermicelli, shrimp, etc) they also have a bit of spicy pork sausage.
With the crucial dipping sauce. These are really tasty.
This is a four person portion of the rice noodle pork soup with some kind of dumpling. There’s also cilantro, scallions, peanuts and who knows what else. But it’s certainly delicious with one of those complex flavor and texture profiles that is typical of good Vietnamese.
The individual bowl (approximately a quarter of the first bigger bowl).
Chicken wings sauteed in butter and garlic. Basically Vietnamese fried chicken. Sweeter and crunchier than the American equivalent and way strong on the garlic. Very good for sure.
Crispy orange duck. This must be Chinese inspired, but it’s amazing, totally amazing. The duck is perfect, and the sweet/bitter tang of real orange peels (not to mention the schechuan peppers) delectable.
Mixed seafood (all the S’s – shrimp, scallops, squid) in lemongrass sauce. Nice tasty subtle flavor to the sauce. This is a fairly exotic taste, but really good.
Little Saigon never disappoints. And this whole meal was like $80 for four!