Saigon Street Eat

1827 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located at the former site of Hoa Viet on Broadway, Saigon Street Eat focuses on Vietnamese cuisine with a much smaller menu and colorful decorations. After we entered the restaurant, we were brought to a table and provided with menus. As we reviewed the menu, a server provided us with two empty cups and a carafe of citrus-infused ice water. After looking through the menu, we were ready to order.

Today, we decided to order garlic noodles, grilled pork skewers, pork sausage skewer, beef pho with beef ball, and Vietnamese crepe. Unfortunately, after ordering, we were informed that they ran out of garlic noodles, so we will need to try that another time. The grilled pork skewers were very flavorful and savory and went well wrapped in lettuce. The pork sausage skewer was also very flavorful, but had heavy hints of black pepper, which also went well wrapped in lettuce. The pho broth was fairly clear, but also blistering hot. This had to be the hottest broth I have ever received. The flavors of the broth were more subtle, which is nice, but I would have liked more flavors. There was an adequate amount of beef and noodles in the bowl. I would have liked the beef to be more tender. The Vietnamese crepes were made very well. It would have been better if the crepes were smaller instead of being in two large pieces so that they would be easier to wrap in lettuce. They were quite flavorful and it was very nice to have the shrimp and pork included.

Overall, Saigon Street Eat serves up some very nice authentic Vietnamese dishes. Their small plates seem to be a great value and taste very good. The pho was just OK, and it was quite a bummer to not try the garlic noodles. While eating, we did hear that the servers did mix up giving food to other tables, which is not acceptable, but they were lucky that the customers did not make a scene. Prices are reasonable for items like small plates, but pho is quite overpriced. If you wanted to try some real Vietnamese food, then give Saigon Street Eats a try!

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