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Old Saigon

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107 King St., Newtown  Phone 02/9519 5931

Cuisine Type: Vietnamese   Reservations recommended  Transportation: CityRail: Newtown  Prices: Main courses A$10-$40 (U.S.$7-$28)  Hours: Wed-Fri noon-3pm; Tues-Sun 6-11pm   BYO only  Credit Cards: AE, BC, DC, MC, V

Another Newtown establishment bursting with atmosphere, the Old Saigon was owned until 1998 by a former American Vietnam War correspondent who loved Vietnam so much he ended up living there and marrying a local, before coming to Australia. Just to make sure you know about it, he's put up his own photos on the walls, and strewn the place with homemade tin helicopters. His Vietnamese brother-in-law has taken over the show, but the food is still glorious, with the spicy squid dishes among my favorites. A popular pastime is grilling your own thin strips of venison, beef, wild boar, kangaroo, or crocodile over a burner at Nour table, then wrapping the meat up in rice paper with lettuce and mint, then dipping it in a chili sauce. I highly recommend this place for a cheap night out

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