Playful, fun, and chic are just three of the words that I could use to describe the new kid on the Petitenget block. Murals, bright neons, and vibrant colours pop out all over the place, making it hard not to fall in love with the joint. Saigon Street is situated where the famous Mantra used to be. But unlike its predecessor, the joint offers a fresh, new Vietnamese concept.
As playfully as the interior does, the joint gives a bold new take on the modern Vietnamese menu. While the country’s national dish, Pho, is of course available, there are many more delicious dishes to try. I was recommended the mahi mahi and scallop ceviche with crisp rice paper (Rp.80,000) – my favourite, since I love ceviche in the first place. There are also the tiger prawns uniquely wrapped in green rice with chilli and lime Nuoc Cham (Rp.35,000), the coconut roast rock lobster roll with rambutan (Rp.100,000), which tastes deliciously fresh. And if you want a big meal, there’s the Coconut Grill menu. You should definitely try the BBQ quail with Hoi Sin, watermelon and spearmint