Saigon Palace is a casual Vietnamese restaurant with a mixed bag of flavors from Southeast Asia coupled with the expertise of French cooking techniques. It’s a rare union of ingredients and skill, one best exemplified in bún thịt nướng, also known as vermicelli noodle bowls. This bowl of rice noodles sits atop a bed of sprouts, basil, and mint, and is topped with grilled pork, spring rolls, pickled carrots, and chopped peanuts. Saigon Palace is mostly known for their signature Pho bowls, however, and their buffet of Chinese dishes at lunch. For quick, tasty, authentic Asian food in Charlotte, this is the place.
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Saigon Palace has been serving legit Vietnamese food since 2002 and Charlotte chefs, including Greg Collier, consistently shout it out as a must-not-miss. Located in a strip mall, the spot remains a hidden gem in Charlotte. Classic Vietnamese fare graces the menu, plus bubble teas and killer lunch specials. The Phở section is something to write home whether it’s filled with medium rare steak (that cooks in the hot broth), brisket and a meatball, or vegetarian. The steam rolls and vermicelli noodle bowls are also super popular, and don’t forget to try Hủ tiếu, seafood noodle soup (it’s like the Phở of South Vietnam).
How to book: First come, first served or call 704-529-0098 for takeout orders.