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Vietnamese Fusion Restaurant Saigon House Opens in Midtown This Month

by Michael Scrutchin Posted: 09-10-15 | 2 years ago
Bahn Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe) at Saigon House
Photo Credit: Saigon House Bahn Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe) at Saigon House

There’s a new Asian bistro opening in Midtown on Sept. 21 that will mix Vietnamese dishes with Thai and Cantonese flavors, plus a dash of Japanese and Korean influences for good measure. It’s called Saigon House and it’s taking the place of what used to be Café Helene—which served French-Vietnamese cuisine—at 3101 Main St. in the heart of Midtown.

“I like Midtown, and I was fascinated by how pretty it was,” Saigon House’s owner, Duc Dinh, told the Chron. “I felt there was room for a fresh Asian-style bistro.”

Dinh co-owns an Asian fusion restauarant in Pearland called Wrap & Roll with his partner and chef Vu Tuan Anh. Together they’re creating a menu for Saigon House that will include lettuce wraps, pho (a Vietnamese noodle soup), banh mi sandwiches, rice platters with char-grilled meat, customizable rolls, and a lot more. The menu will grow over time. Plus, they’ll serve green tea, beer, wine, and sake cocktails.

Saigon House will have some competition from Tarakaan, which opens just down the road at 2301 Main St. on Sept. 16. According to the Chron, Tarakaan is a high-end bistro and lounge modeled after places like “Buddakan in New York, Tao Asian Bistro in Las Vegas, or Hakkasan in Shanghai.” In other words, it’s a classy joint.

Both Saigon House and Tarakaan made Zagat’s list of Houston’s 20 Most Anticipated Restaurants Openings of Fall 2015.

Michael Scrutchin

Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.

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