Monday, December 28, 2009

saigon opera

Saturday, Satoshi had to work, so I met him in Umeda for a late dinner.

We started with some Hanoi beers 682 yen (about US$6.82) each. This beer was easy to drink, not watery and had good flavor to it.

We ordered the clay pot spare ribs with egg--924 yen (about US$9.24). This was a good choice. We loved the sweet yet salty flavor, though I wished they cooked it a bit longer so it would have fallen off the bone. This dish reminded me of chinese style roast pork but with a hit of chili.

The table next to us, was checking out what everyone ordered and wanted to order this spare rib dish but was denied because they had sold out for the night...lucky we were there before them.

The seafood stuffed spring rolls with mint chili sauce was delicious. 924 yen (about US$9.24), we loved that the rolls were filled all the way and you weren't only eating the fried casings.

Spicy squid salad with cellophane noodles 997 yen (about US$9.97) was light and refreshing with huge pieces of squid.

The chicken fried noodle was a bit of a disappointment for me as I envisioned something a little more drier...945 yen (about US$9.45). This had bamboo shoots, onion, some chicken and other veggies. This dish sort of reminded me of something I've had in chinese restaurants in Hawaii. Another reason this dish was a disappointment for me was that we had to wait a really long time before it came out.

Overall cost 5154 yen (about US$51.54), not bad portion wise, and the food was tasty with just enough spice. We'll be back.

Cuisine Vietnam Saigon Opera (Breeze Breeze 5F) (UPDATE: no longer in business)
2-4-9 Umeda
Kita, Osaka
Phone: 06.6344.1277
Open 11:00-23:00 (closed when Breeze Breeze is)


13 comments:

Rowena... said...

That looks like a LOT of food....and everything so yummy. Is it normal to ask for doggie bags in Japan?

K and S said...

Actually doggie bags are just coming the "in" thing here Rowena because of everyone trying to be "green". AND, you have to pay for them if you want them. They look really "frou-frou" too, not the paper plate with piece of foil like back home!

Take care.
Kat

pdxrita said...

That looks delicious! I really enjoy your blog -- the descriptions and photos are fabulous.

K and S said...

Thanks Pdxrita! and thanks for stopping by.

Take care.
Kat

Girl Japan: April Marie said...

That's what I call a fine spread!!! How was you Holiday.. any plans for the new year?

K and S said...

just another day Girl Japan, no real plans for NY, how about you?

Take care.
Kat

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2kamuela47 said...

Wow the food looks awesome! Kat you always experience interesting things!

K and S said...

Thanks Jet & Laura!

Take care you two.
Kat

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - Looks good. So you do have Vietnamese Food close by!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk, not as authentic as the stuff you've eaten I'm sure :)

Take care.
Kat

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K and S said...

Thanks for stopping by Paperdoll!

Take care.
Kat