Look at this picture. Sure, you can’t really get a sense of the food. No, the decor’s not that impressive. None of that is the point.
The point is that, early on that Sunday evening – every evening, for that matter – Lille Saigon 1 is packed. Every table is full. As well as the tables that you can’t see to my right, and those behind me.
This is my favourite, favourite place for cheap ‘n cheerful Vietnamese in Oslo. Packed with flavour, generous servings, top quality meat and veg and overflowing with Vietnamese herbs. I usually go for the number 12, bun bo xao stir fry beef noodles, and I’m not alone there – a waitress once told me it’s their most popular dish. My boyfriend can’t go past the beef pho.
I think it’s safe to say my friends and I regularly eat here more than any other place in Oslo. It’s just around the corner from venues like Rockefeller and John Dee, and is our first choice for a pre-gig dinner spot. Takeaway is available, and they’ve opened a second restaurant at Seilduksgata 17 in Grünerløkka.