Dinner@Bistro Saigon, Ilkley

Tonight we have a desire for food from the far east. But, when we arrive at Bistro Saigon in Ilkley, there is a moment when we think we may have to go elsewhere – the place is packed! Thankfully the young, helpful staff do manage to find us a table.

Bistro Saigon promotes itself as Vietnamese but the menu is quite familiar. We decide to share spare ribs, chicken satay and Chang beer. The ribs are very good, well-cooked and not overwhelmed by barbecue sauce. The chicken satay is ok but we are not sure about the Vietnamese version of satay sauce. The Chang beer, from Thailand, is one of the best I’ve had from that corner of the world.

As ever, there is a desire to order more than we can possibly eat. However, harnessing unusual restraint, we decide to share the green chicken curry made with green chillies, coconut milk, lime leaves and Thai basil. And, of course, sticky Jasmine rice! It is full of flavour and heat – we are really enjoying it.

This is a very popular place with families, couples and groups of all ages –now we understand why.


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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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