Whenever I crave pho, fresh spring rolls, or Vietnamese cuisine in general, I choose to come to Le Saigon in Gyeongridan because of its proximity to where I live and it being the first independent Vietnamese restaurant I tried. In fact, I started going to this restaurant before they opened up their other branches. Now, I do admit to not being a Vietnamese food expert, but what I can admit is that I like their pho, spring roll, and banh mi (sort of). Is it authentic? No idea. But is it good? To me, yes.
At Le Saigon, I usually get their set A, which allows you to choose from medium beef pho or cold noodle salad with two pieces of fresh spring rolls for 10,000 won. I’ve always like their fresh spring rolls, which to me is healthier than fried spring rolls, and I also like the chewy rice wrapper. The rolls are stuffed with veggies, vermicelli noodles, meat, and shrimp. The rolls come with peanut sauce and fish sauce to dip them in. As for the beef pho, it’s rice noodles, beef, and onions in beef broth. On the side, they give you sprout, cilantro, and pepper to add to your pho, and you can also add some hoisin sauce or hot sauce, too. With its fragrant smell, this warm bowl loaded with veggies and noodles is perfect for colder weather.
I also like Le Saigon’s banh mi, but I do think it is a bit pricey for its size. That’s why if you were to get their banh mi, I recommend getting it as their set C, which nets you a banh mi, fries, and a drink of your choice for 9,000 won. Without the fries and drink, the sandwiches alone ranges between 6,500 to 7,000 won. Personally, I really like their pork banh mi the best, but I wasn’t too fond of their mushroom one. The banh mi comes with the protein (pork, beef, chicken, mushroom, cold cut, or eggs) of your choice, and it is stuffed with their pickled veggies. I do like the flavour of their banh mi.
If pho, rolls, and sandwiches aren’t your things, then try out their rice dishes, fried noodles, and wraps. They offer quite a variety. I didn’t quite like their spicy seafood noodles the one time I tried it, but that was actually a couple of years ago. In fact, I see that their menu has changed over the years, and now I am curious about their pineapple fried rice and wonder how it compares to other restaurants.
Le Saigon is a fairly small place, but I noticed that they redesigned the place a bit, so it doesn’t feel as cramped as it did in the past. The workers here are polite every time I’ve come, and I never really have any issues with them. Just be aware that they do have a break time somewhere between 3:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon. But otherwise, Le Saigon is a fairly decent restaurant, one that I’ve been going to for years, and it’s close by that I can go there to get my Vietnamese food fix.
230, Noksapyeong-Daero, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul, Korea
서울특별시 용산구 녹사평대로 230
From Noksapyeong Station, go out of exit 2 and keep going straight until you reach the underpass. Go under, cross, and go out the left exit. Le Saigon will be on your right.
3,000 ~ 25,000+ won budget per person