Our little island is well into monsoon season, and we were craving something warm and soupy and comforting in the middle of yet another thunderstorm, when we happened upon Madam Saigon. Located at the restaurant stretch of Millenia Walk facing Conrad Hotel, the intrepid little eatery wasn't the most inviting: its utilitarian, garnish aesthetic and bare occupancy didn't exactly bode a delicious meal. There were buzzier, more popular eateries along said stretch, but I'm a sucker for pho, and so we walked in.
Turns out my weakness for pho was a good thing. and Madam Saigon has become one of our favourite go-tos for a conveniently-located, low-fuss, authentically delicious Vietnamese meal.
Also, service was surprisingly gracious for a casual mass-market bistro. A big gold star point, the staff were atypically generous with our requests for fresh herbs.
The Saigon Fried Spring Roll ($6.90) was pretty stellar, with crunchy vegetables a-plenty and fried to a delightful crisp. Juicy and sweet on its own, even without the dipping sauce.
For those preferring something a little more robust, the Spicy Beef Vermicelli Soup Hue-Style ($10.90) was a fantastic option. This was fiery and rich and layered with the heft of meltingly tender beef.
The Chicken Noodle Soup ($10.50) was delicate but well-rounded, abundant in succulent shredded chicken and fresh sprouts.
A signature, the salad-like Prawn Vermicelli ($15.50) was a blast of contrasting textures. I loved the crunch, the prawns were fat and sweet, and the dressing was a lively blend of the savoury and sweet.
Millenia Walk #01-26
9 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: 6338 3831
Open daily from 11.30am to 10pm