Saigon Cafe

The Vietnamese crepe (banh xeo), a rice flour, turmeric, and scallion pancake stuffed with chicken and shrimp, is enough to get you through til supper. The rice platters are reminiscent of brunch—think omelettes topped with stir-fried peppers, onions, and your choice of protein, with a side of spicy sauce. If you’re craving veggies, try the stir-fried egg noodles, a colorful mess of broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, and snow peas in a piquant lemongrass sauce. And while it’s hard to pass on the always-half-off sushi, it’s even tougher to decide between the 45 options. For maximum flavor and texture, you can’t miss with the Hyde Park roll (spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and tempura crunch flakes). For dessert, skip the sweets and order the Vietnamese coffee—swirled with sweetened condensed milk, served over ice, and guaranteed to perk you up for that long afternoon slog back at the office.

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