By chance I walked into Saigon 75 the very day they opened, after looking for my old haunt on E. Santa Clara street that I heard had burned down. In its stead is Saigon 75, a modern bistro setting serving very authentic Vietnamese dishes in the shadow of the new City Hall.
The restaurant sports a gleaming bar, slate floors and earth tones. The food is served on elegant ceramic plates and bowls. The staff is enthusiatic and very eager to please.
The food is wonderful. Fresh everything. The duck salad was airy with red and green cabbage, carrots, topped by tender duck and delicately enhanced by a somewhat citrsey nuoc cham ( the fish sauce based Vietnamese dipping sauce). Also aboard were shrimp and glass noodle crispy rolls with golden blistered skins and sumptous innards.
The bun (noodle saldad) is not nearly the portion of the previous establishment's but it is actually a more refined and delicate version. I had the butterfly shrimp and grilled pork on vermicelli and it was so flavor rich
that I hoped it would never run out (sadly it did).
Prices are very reasonable and the liquor liscence is on its way.
E. Santa Clars St and 7 Ave
San Jose, CA