Restaurant Peek: Saigon Basil Vietnamese Restaurant
By Peter Bui | Asian Avenue magazine
10665 Melody Dr. Northglenn, CO 80234
Tel: 720.502.3040 | www.saigonbasilrestaurant.com
HOURS: Mon to Sat: 10AM – 10PM | Closed on Sunday
Vietnamese cuisine has grown in immense popularity over the years mainly due to restaurants such a Saigon Basil. The healthy preparation of Vietnamese dishes and the uncanny way the cuisine balances flavors and textures makes the food very gratifying; and Saigon Basil does this better than most.
After four months of remodeling and renovation, the restaurant opened its doors in April of this year in Northglenn. Even though Saigon Basil has only been opened for a few months, the family owned and run establishment has 15 years of experience in the restaurant business. And their main focus has always been on high-quality, flavorful food.
The menu contains all the greatest hits of Vietnamese entrees and appetizers but items like their signature Saigon Basil appetizer plate make them stand out from the others. This do-it-yourself dish gives diners the freedom to fill their spring rolls with grilled and fried meats varying from grilled chicken and beef to deep fried shrimp cakes and soft shell crab which is all served with a plethora or greens and vegetables and their house nuoc mam (fish sauce). With its enormity, this appetizer can be a meal in itself; it feeds 4-6 people.
The com dac biet (special combination rice plate) and pho dac biet (special combination pho) – some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes – are prepared exceptionally well at Saigon Basil The variety of juicy meats are grilled perfectly in the com dac biet and its portion is more than generous.
The restaurant’s take on the unofficial Vietnamese national dish, pho, is just as good if not better than most pho establishments. The broth is deep and clean and the meats and noodles are cooked just right. Although the before mentioned dishes are very popular, they are not what draw in patrons on the weekends. The house specialty entrée lau do bien – seafood fire pot – is the weekend champ.
Lau do bien is served family style with tons of fresh vegetables and a variety of shrimp, squid, crab, mussels and fish balls all cooked in a sour and spicy broth. The essence of what Vietnamese cuisine is can be found in this dish as is the reason why in any given weekend you will see several families at Saigon Basil enjoying this meal.
Saigon Basil’s dining area is exceptionally spacious and clean with pleasant décor. The space is perfect for parties and large family dinners. They also have a full bar and offer very reasonable drink prices.
Saigon Basil is naturally becoming a popular destination for people in the north Denver area, but is worth the drive even for those living on the opposite side of town.
Pho – Beef Rice Noodle Soup
Small $5.95 | Medium $6.95 | Large $7.95
Rare steak, well done brisket, flank, tendon, tripe. meatball
Vietnamese Egg Rolls $6.95
Served with homemade sauce, lettuce, mint, cucumber, beansprouts & rice noodles
Wonton, Roast Duck Egg Noodles $8.95
Bun Bo Hue – Hot & Spicy Beef Soup $7.95
Combination Seafood Chow Fun $9.95
Seafood and mixed vegetables served with soft rice noodles stir-fried
Ca Kho Tho – Vietnamese Fish $12.95
Traditional-style, sliced sautéed fish cooked in a hot pot
Bo Luc Lac – Shaken Beef $12.95
Cubes of sirloin steak marinated in fresh garlic, shallots & ground peppercorn sautéed with butter and garlic