Since its inception over a year ago, Saigon’s Lookout has quickly risen through the ranks, becoming known for its cocktails, nightlife and unique decoration - old-school classy colonial architecture meets modern chic decor. However, something wasn’t right. The fusion cuisine wasn’t catching on with locals, dish and drink prices being too high for the mainstream Saigonese crowd.
The team got together and decided to change things around, start afresh while keeping the awesome decor. Enter Parisian steak frites. There’s only one item on the menu now - steak frites. For VND 350,000 you get a green salad followed by steak and unlimited french fries. Is it worth it? Read below to find out.
Saigon’s Lookout’s strong point has always been its appearance, great to look at day and night. Sort of a funky rendering of luxurious French colonial interiors, and especially romantic come nightfall. Intimate and unique, it’s great for dates or groups in the evening. At Lunch, you can see a healthy mix of families, locals and expats digging into steaks and fries.
Staff is eager to please. They try to provide as fine a service as they can with a respectable command of English. Salad is brought out within 5-10 minutes, depending on how busy it is, and the steak comes about five minutes later. Water is refilled at appropriate times and servers ask if everything is going well with the meal.
Food & Drinks
The main component of your meal is the Australian beef, cooked to your liking. For the price the value is excellent.
Besides the standard coffee and tea options, you get five wines by the glass and a decent number of cocktails. Saigon’s Lookout was never lacking in mixology skills, and with the advent of the steak frites concept they are still on top of their game with nicely done cocktails. We tried a few wines and they were at the appropriate temperature. The Lychee Chili Tini was very well done, balanced and had a great chili kick. No sloppy execution in the drinks department.
After the green salad - fresh, with tasty mild dressing - the steak came on a raised metal platter, heated by a small candle below to keep the beef and the accompanying sauces warm. The steak also comes just a tad undercooked so the candle’s temperature brings it to the customer’s preferred level of rareness. Parmesan fries were brought in buckets, with quantities to your liking - you can eat as much as you want.
The meat is of good quality and you can tell immediately. The 200g Australian rib eye is not overpowered by the homemade béarnaise sauce, made according to the restaurant’s secret recipe. The sauce compliments the steak well, and the fries get their own yolk-and-butter dip that’s quite addictive.
What Can Be Improved
Staff were a little too attentive. Some may like this, but if you prefer your privacy inform the waiters that your meal shall go undisturbed.
What People Say
Only a few reviews at the time of writing cover Saigon’s Lookout’s steak frites reincarnation - one unhappy vegetarian (who did not realize the concept was in order) and several customers praising the cocktails, ambiance and food. Previous reviews, pre-steak-frites, support the excellent atmosphere and superb cocktails.
There are in fact three floors. The first is the restaurant and cocktail bar. The second is a speakeasy bar and private dining space for groups and corporate events. The third floor has a nightclub and lounge with live DJ performances. Also, Saigon’s Lookout serves one more menu item for dessert: cheesecake.