I gave Saigon a try this past weekend, and while it shows some potential, I found the food somewhat bland and lacking in flavor and spice overall. Ordered the whole flounder with chili basil sauce (best of the bunch, though still far too mild for my tastes), a mixed seafood dish in a white sauce (bland, but fresh ingredients), and mixed BBQ over vermicelli in "chef's special sauce" (bland brown sauce and disappointing BBQ taste). The latter two dishes were the result of recommendations from the waiter.
I know this restaurant usually gets high reviews on this site and I would like to try it again, so I ask, where did I go wrong? Should I have stuck more to the traditional lemongrass dishes? Did the waiter mistake my solicitation of his opinion as ignorance (i.e. i was genuinely interested in what he thought were the top dishes, but did my question make me look like a novice and cause him to direct me to "safe americanized" dishes)?
So, are there any dishes you recommend? Is there a secret password I should speak in order to let the waiter know that I appreciate my food authentic?
As always, appreciate your advice and guidance...