A Saigon Cafe

A Saigon Cafe – Enjoy Scrumptious Vietnamese Cuisine in a Modern Wailuku Eatery
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Delicious Vietnamese cuisine, tasty drinks, and fast, friendly service are the name of the game at A Saigon Café. With a huge menu chockfull of fan favorites, they definitely have something for everyone. But don’t fill up too much on apps, entrees, or drinks – or you could miss out on their truly decadent Kahlua Cake.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Whenever you want to get your fill of scrumptious Vietnamese cuisine, you can always count on A Saigon Café to come through in a big way. Their absolutely enormous menu features all the fan favorites, including Fresh Summer Rolls, Chicken Curry Stew, and Mahi-Mahi Lemon Grass. Out of all their menu items, their clay pot creations are perhaps the most compelling, although that’s a tough call, for sure.

In creating all their delightful dishes, the crew always goes all out in using traditional recipes and proven culinary techniques. All their items are made to order, starting with the preparation of their fresh, local ingredients. Once they’re done, they deliver each item to the table piping hot and ready to enjoy. The servers are not only wicked fast, but over the top friendly, too. They embrace the power of the aloha spirit, always giving all their guests a big smile and their complete gratitude for their visit.

Every last item on the menu comes in big portions designed to fill you up and leave you feeling wholly satisfied by the end of your meal. So, you’ll want to bring a big appetite or get ready to take your leftovers back to the hotel in a doggie bag. Barring that, you could kick back and relax while grubbing on your meal at your leisure. Just be sure to order plenty of drinks to wash it all down while you do that.

Their list of beverages is just as big as their food menu, giving you plenty of amazing options to consider. You can go with non-alcoholic drinks, ranging from soda and juice to fresh coconut juice and hot Vietnamese coffee. Want the house specialty? Go with Jasmine Iced Tea, which is also the only drink on their menu that comes with free refills.

If you prefer alcoholic drinks instead, you’re in luck. They have a full range of beverages, including craft brew, wine by the glass and bottle, and sake. If you’re not sure what to pair with your food, just ask your server for their recommendations.  

Their top dishes include:

Green Papaya Salad
To kickstart your appetite with all the best island flavors, begin your meal with the Green Papaya Salad. This dish begins with shredded papaya and fresh-cooked shrimp. To that, they add plenty of basil and toss it all in their house spice sauce.

Mahi-Mahi in Clay Pot
If you only try one thing at this restaurant, make it the Mahi-Mahi in Clay Pot. This dish starts with ultra-fresh mahi-mahi simmered in a clay pot with black pepper sauce. Then, it lands on the plate alongside their perfectly cooked jasmine rice. They cook it mildly as standard, but you can bump up the spice to medium or hot if you wish.

Oxtail Vietnamese Soup
The Oxtail Vietnamese Soup promises to warm you up in an instant while treating you to rich, bold flavors. They start this soup early in the day by simmering oxtail in beef broth. To help elevate all the beefy flavors, they add lemongrass plus a blend of secret herbs and spices. Once it’s done, they put it over vermicelli noodles and serve it piping hot. Want to kick it up a notch? Just ask to turn up the heat.

As you grub on all your selections, be sure to save room for dessert. Otherwise, you’ll miss out on amazing creations, like Deep Fried Ice Cream and Coconut Tapioca. If you’re over 21, you’ll definitely want to stick around for their Kahlua Cake. Made fresh daily, this delightful treat features both vodka and Kahlua liquor plus a mix of ultra-secret ingredients that make every bite better than the last. Want to take your cake experience to the next level? Get it with ice cream, a shot of Kahlua, or both.

Insider Tips:
-Their restaurant stays open 362 days a year. They only close the doors for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
-Their catering services allow you to beautifully elevate your special events with great food, bright cocktails, and quality service. Call well ahead of time to get your business lunches, weddings, and other events on their schedule.