yesterday i was looking forward to scratching my weekly pho itch at golden deli. as i pull up to the strip mall i'm greeted by an awkward chainlink fence jutting out into the parking lot like a makeshift corral around the 7-11 and the stores beside it.
looks like there was a fire at the convenience store and although golden deli was the furthest away of the affected area, it was closed down. hungry and dismayed i drive by the restaurant to have a peer inside and i notice a sign taped to the door. on it is scrawled:
CLOSED - Visit our other location
On Valley 1 block east of Del Mar.
near Hawaii supermarket
aha! a sister restaurant? all these years i thought their other joint was Vietnam House across the street. anyway, i excitedly turn the car around and head over to Saigon Flavor.
on my way there i wondered...would the pho be just as good? do they also serve cha gio? all my qualms were put at ease as we were sat and given menus...the same exact menus with the same exact pictures from golden deli. they even have the same ginormous poster of a waterfall on the wall.
i had the house special pho #1 and an order of cha gio. the cha gio was thankfully just as savory as golden deli's and the pho? hmph..well its broth was even better!
so consider me a saigon flavor convert. the lack of crowds, tons of empty parking in the back, a much prettier room and their superior broth have won this hound over.