After a tiring afternoon of shopping on Bloor Street – by shopping we mean trying on expensive sunglasses at Holts, and by tiring we mean trying to get through the crowd of hipsters at H&M, TOist stopped by Yonge Streets latest Pan-Asian eatery, Saigon Sister, for a light dinner. Saigon Sis opened just over a year ago on the strip which includes Green Mango and Spring Rolls, and has already established itself as a hip and trendy spot for tasty Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Our server clad in a cute paperboy hat and retro runners was friendly and attentive, but word on the street is that during its peak times, service can get a bit slow.
With a little Lauryn Hill grooving in the background, we started with the Veggie Platter ($10.95), excellent for sharing, which includes lots of delicious apps like mango salad, tofu and avocado roll, jicama and peanut roll, veggie spring roll, and veggie crispy wonton. The menu describes the Hot and Sour Soup with Silky Tofu ($4.95) as delicate, complex and satisfying. It is definitely delicate, and on the sweeter side we welcomed the big chunks of pineapple along with lots of okra, tomatoes, silky tofu and sprouts, in a subtle veggie soup base. But you should pair it with a starter or main if you want to be fully satisfied, not just silky satisfied.
Saigon Sister is reasonably priced (mains range from $8 to $18) and there is lots of good variety (beef, lamb, poultry, seafood and veggie options). Try the Saigon Sister Special ($16.95) which is gently fried halibut steamed with ginger, black mushrooms and glass noodle threads, served in a clay pot.
Aesthetically, the presentation of the food is artful, as are the sleek dishes. The restaurant’s decor is modern minimalism, with lots of organic materials, wood tables and chairs, sleek white booths and stone floors, in a very open space. Try to get there on the earlier side as it gets pretty busy, especially during the week, for its great lunch specials.
Saigon Sister is located at 774 Yonge Street, south of Bloor Street. They are open for lunch and dinner everyday from 11am to 11pm. Telephone: (416) 967-0808.