With Prahran’s Hanoi Hannah bursting at the seams round-the-clock, it seems only natural that the boys behind the iconic Vietnamese eatery have chosen to open another kitchen.
Don’t be misguided by her title, owners Simon Blacher, Nick Coulter, Paul Nguyen and Will Newton didn’t have to shift cities to find Saigon Sally a home. Showing faith and commitment to the Prahran area, Saigon Sally is located a mere 400 meters down the road from its sister eatery. Setting up shop in the former Pandora’s Box building, the team were drawn to the unique industrial space for its high ceilings and eccentric exterior.
Dubbed as Hannah’s “slightly more mature yet promiscuous older sister”, Saigon Sally offers locals a more refined selection of Vietnamese favourites, without compromising on affordability and fun. Expect a well-oiled machine managing the new eatery, with classically trained legend Adrian Li (ex-Donovan’s) as head chef, alongside bartender Tom Stonnill (ex-Transit cocktail lounge).
As Hanoi Hannah keeps herself busy churning out street-style dishes down the road, Saigon Sally will be celebrating authentic family food designed for sharing. Think Banh Xeo (a DIY taco version of the Vietnamese pancake) and Bun Reiu, a tomato and spanner crab broth with enoki and rice noodles. Alongside these Vietnamese classics, regional fusions will also be up for grabs, such as the grilled quail stuffed with sticky rice and Chinese sausage.
With a live dessert station in action, the glamorous tira-mi-sally (Vietnamese coffee ice cream in a coconut macaroon sandwich) promises happy endings for all.
Prop up at the bar to enjoy over 50 varieties of wine and a selection of Asian-style cocktails, or hold your base at a table for the evening in the shadow of the wall mural by artist Michelle Lee.