Gatekeeper Reviewed on August 12, 2014
As a general rule I never dine at Asian restaurants located in strip malls, but I’m happy to report a pleasant exception to that rule. Pho Saigon Noodle House is located in the Northgate Village strip mall on riverside drive. The unassuming exterior location next to a liquor store would not inspire confidence in a new comer looking for authentic Vietnamese food, but never judge a book by its cover.
Behind the façade, Pho Saigon’s real treasures are all on the inside. This is truly a Mom and Pop operation where most days you will find owner Bruce and his wife serving up the freshest Vietnamese food to be found anywhere in Georgia. The family style atmosphere is added to with the owner’s children playing in the back of the restaurant and on certain days the Grand parents on hand helping to take orders and act as food runners. While this Mom/Pop approach to running a restaurant may not be for everyone I personally find it charming and it adds to the overall experience.
I tend to like Thai food over any other Asian dining options, but I have quickly become a big fan of Saigon style noodle house cuisine. All the dishes at Pho Saigon are prepared with the flavorful fresh ingredients and the presentation is always a colorful display that will make your mouth water. During this review visit I ordered the Hoanh Thanh Mi (wonton soup) with Cha Gio Thit heo (fried pork eggrolls) as an appetizer and the Com Chien Ga (Chicken Fried Rice) as the main dish. Don’t worry about pronouncing all those Vietnamese words the menu has a simple numbering system used by most Asian restaurants. The wonton soup is almost a meal in itself with freshly made wontons stuffed with pork and shrimp in a fantastic broth swimming with fresh galic, onions, cilantro and other green goodies. The pork egg rolls are very fresh and crunchy and chicken fried rice is a completely satisfying entrée.
You don’t have to take my work for it, just check out some of the reviews of Pho Saigon for yourself https://plus.google.com/111264714458028991850/about?hl=en&gl=us . While the bubble tea seems to be a real favorite of many guests it wasn’t my cup of tea (pun intended). Overall, I would strongly agree with the 4.6 star rating that Pho Saigon gets on Google+.
Online Menu: http://m.phosaigon.org/