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.