Saigon Gate is a restaurant located towards the northern end of O’Connell Street. The menu is primarily Vietnamese, however, some of their items are a fusion of other Asian cuisines. The place is traditionally decorated with a seating capacity of about 70. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the service was pretty good. The atmosphere was relaxed, even with the busy O’Connell Street traffic.
Tonight, I ordered the Pad Thai. The dish was ready 15 minutes after ordering and all meals arrived the same time. The noodles were firm and perfectly cooked. The chicken was tender and succulent, and a generous portion was provided. Breast meat was used which is great for the health conscious. The vegetables were fresh, and I loved the crunchy texture from the bean sprouts and peanuts. The colour of the dish was a reddish brown which is the way it should be. If there was one criticism, it would have been the addition of basil leaves in the dish. I felt the basil over powered the rest of the dish and should have been left out.
For dessert, I had the Mint Ice. It was a combination of peppermint and vanilla ice cream covered in milk chocolate. I’ve been informed that these desserts are mass produced, however, this is the first I had seen of them. The desserts were nicely presented, and I found my dessert in particular, to be light and refreshing. It was a great way to finish off a meal.
For a North Adelaide restaurant, the pricing is fairly good. The Pad Thai was under $14 and the dessert was $6.50. Normally I’m paying over $20 just for the main. The serving sizes were generous, and the group had an enjoyable meal. I took a risk by having a Thai dish at a Vietnamese restaurant, but even they did that pretty well. Definitely worth checking out!
WHERE: 141 O’Connell St, North Adelaide