As Vietnamese food is very complex and full of varieties, it is still a culinary highlight to go and try out one of the fantastic dishes of Vietnamese Cuisine.
Madame Saigon is an attractive and clean-cut Vietnamese restaurant located in the impressive and expansive Royal Phuket Marina on Phuket’s east coast just north of Phuket Town.
With its fresh and airy décor, evoking the essence of colonial Vietnam, comfortable seating inside – or out on the boardwalk overlooking the fabulous yachts – not to mention a cuisine that had yet to make an impact on Phuket, Madame Saigon is a refreshing change from the Phuket dining-out scene.
The Vietnamese dishes created here perfectly complement the setup as they are ultra-fresh and healthy, featuring vitamin-rich vegetables, noodle broths, delicious herb combinations, unique-tasting sauces, and just-caught fish – all served up in eye-catching crockery and bowls and none with nasty additives; it’s all natural and simple – the best combination.
Large vases stand by the glass doors and outside seating place of Madame Saigon while a huge wall photo of a pretty Asian lady overlooks the entire restaurant.
Tables and chairs are pine colored and decorative hanging plates adorn the opposite wall. It’s quite minimalist but at the same time a comfortable place to eat with a wall-length sofa parallel to the tables.
Explaining that Vietnamese food – low on oil and high on fresh herbs and vegetables – is considered one of the healthiest in the world.
Vietnamese cuisine is renowned for being healthy, light, and big on fresh herbs and therefore is ideal for those who like to indulge.
Following Dishes are very recommendable:
Chao Tom (minced prawn and pork on lemongrass skewers), Nem Mua Ha (classic ‘summer rolls’ – crispy raw vegetables, aromatic herbs and cool noodles, all wrapped in a translucent soft rice wrapper), some Nem Rau (crispy spring rolls), Ga Chi Sa (stir-fried lemongrass chicken), Bo Luc Lac (stir-fried ‘shaking’ beef seasoned with black pepper) and Pho (delicious rice noodle soup made with either beef or seafood).
What makes Madame Saigon a welcome addition to Phuket dining, apart from the superb location, is the variety they’ve added to our ‘standard’ Phuket choices. And, with the most expensive dish (beef) only about 300 baht (incl tax and service), going Vietnamese is not going to break the bank.
You can also enjoy to create your own ‘rolls’ by using lettuce leaves, herbs, sweet and sour sauces, and chao tom (minced prawn and pork on lemongrass skewers – 220 baht) but ready-made rolls are also served at Madame Saigon.
A Vietnamese meal, unlike a Western meal, is rarely just a single dish. More often, it’s a collection of dishes – some served hot, others cool”
Here are some more example of the appetizer selections to be made:
Delicious ‘nem rau’ (crisp spring rolls with chicken, condiments, and vegetables) along with summer rolls, or nem mua ha, that consist of guava, carrot, fresh herbs, with chili vinegar emulsion served with prawn/chicken/vegetables (both dishes 160 baht) are just perfect as an appetizer.
For mains you should try something different like a plate of cha ca – pan-fried red snapper with turmeric, dill, and spring onions (290 baht) along with vegetable pho – a many-featured broth (200 baht) that has beef and seafood options, and a plate of peppered beef along with the option of rice noodles.
This is an exciting way to discover new flavors and dishes.
Rounding off the meal in style are bananas rolled in a delicate combination of almonds and assorted nuts. This is a must try because, as simple as it sounds, the dish is an explosion of flavors.
– Nem Rau / Classy Crispy spring Rolls (vegetables & chicken)
– Nem Hua Ha / Classic Summer Rolls : Guava, fresh herbs & chili vinegar emulsion ( Prawn)
– Nam Noung : D. I. Y Grilled Pork meatballs : lettuce , rice paper & condiments
– Goi Buoi / Pomelo Salad with crabmeat
– Ga Chi Sa / Lemon Grass chicken: onion, garlic & rice wine reduction
– Ginger – Garlic Rice
– Vit Hom Khoi / Green tea smoked duck : sesame – soy sauce
– Cha Ca / Pan fried Red Snapper: turmeric, dill & scallions
– Soft Chocolate Almond Brownie & Ice Cream
– Grilled Pineapple & Roasted Coconut
– Almond & Peanuts Banana Fritter