Filling lunch satisfies at Saigon Cafe

Filling lunch satisfies at Saigon Cafe

You could be forgiven for not noticing Saigon Cafe in Clive. The cream-colored building is set back from the street, with only a small sign out front. The decor inside is also forgettable, a smattering of tables and booths covered in plastic tablecloths and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.

But if it’s tasty food you’re after, Saigon Cafe can deliver. Focusing on Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, the restaurant offers a huge menu of favorites like Mongolian beef, as well as Vietnamese dishes including pho, or noodle soup. A smaller lunch-only menu includes a choice of egg drop or hot and sour soup and an eggroll with the entree.

The lunch portion of almond chicken ($5.85) is more than enough for one person, especially when combined with the soup and eggroll. Chunks of chicken were mixed with celery, carrots, almonds and water chestnuts in a savory sauce. The plate also included a serving of fried rice. The accompanying egg drop soup was hot with a nice chicken-broth flavor, and the fried eggroll crunched nicely.

A spring roll appetizer ($3.50) consisted of two large rolls in very sticky rice paper stuffed with sprouts, rice noodles, lettuce, shrimp and chicken, along with a side of hoisin sauce for dipping.

For a weekday lunch, Saigon Cafe provides lots of options, and all meals on the lunch menu are less than $7. But you could also try slightly more expensive dishes like the lemongrass chicken ($8.95), a stir-fry of mushrooms, snow peas, bamboo shoots and chicken, or Saigon’s Best ($10.50), meat or tofu with tomatoes, onions and mushrooms in a garlic and tomato sauce. Saigon Cafe also delivers for orders of $20 or more.

Saigon Cafe

Find it: 1945 N.W. 86th St., Clive

Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: 515-253-0908

About the Author

Laura is contributor to Juice Magazine.

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