‘Meat’-ing Great Expectations

Ali Carte Columns

April 21, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

With so many Vietnamese restaurants popping up these days, it’s hard to know which ones are truly un”pho”gettable. As Dining Out recently discovered, though, there’s something special about Saigon Cuisine, located on the corner of Liliha Street and Vineyard Boulevard.

“They’re so friendly here and the food is good,” says regular Kimberly Makahashi. “It’s close to home and affordable, so it had everything I look for.”

Manager Jennifer Tran attributes the delightful Vietnamese spot’s growing success to its unique, meat-filled eats. Oxtail Pho ($9.75), for example, is a new take on oxtail soup. “We cook it a long time. It’s a pho technique, but we put different ingredients inside,” describes Chan. The richly flavored oxtail broth is sensational with pho noodles, mushroom, onion, cabbage, parsley and cilantro.

Perfectly charred grilled meats are perhaps the one-year-old eatery’s biggest draw. Vermicelli Noodles with Sliced Sirloin Pork and Spring Rolls ($7.99) features sizzling pork atop noodles, fresh vegetables, roasted peanuts, pickled daikon and house special fish sauce. “This dish we sell the most of all,” says Tran.

The House Special Three-Choice Combination Plate ($8.50) is a meat-lover’s dream as well, with a generous choice of three savory toppings served with Jasmine rice, vegetables and fish sauce. Choose from Grilled Pork Chop, Barbecue Chicken, Garlic Shrimp and more.

One bite of these meaty creations and you won’t soon forget Saigon Cuisine.

Saigon Cuisine Vietnamese Restaurant

  • Where
    • 1408 Liliha Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Call
    • (808) 521-6888
  • Hours
    • Tuesday – Saturday
    • 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
    • Sunday – Monday
    • 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Notes
    • Takeout orders available. Parking available in rear of restaurant.

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