Hello Bali - Saigon Street Restaurant

place

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.

food

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

drinks

It’s a no-brainer that while at Saigon Street you should order the Vietnamese drip coffee. Non-coffee drinkers meanwhile can quench their thirst with the Nuoc Mia or fresh sugar cane juice, such as the sugarcane coconut (Rp.40,000), or the endless choice of cocktails. My personal favourite is the sour apple and sake martini (Rp.110,000).

in a nutshell

This joint might be a newbie, but it’s already generating the buzz it deserves. This is all thanks to the great team behind it, who know exactly how to charm the guests with cheerful décor, great service and modern Vietnamese cuisine. And have I mentioned that 98 per cent of the delicious menu is gluten-free? • DEISHA TAMAR