The slightly older and more mature sister restaurant of Tokyo Tina and Hanoi Hannah, and self-proclaimed as Windsor’s most elusive mistress, Saigon Sally is a sultry Vietnamese restaurant located on Duke Street. Whether its for a late night rendezvous or a casual catch up over some lunch, Melbourne’s Saigon Sally provides the perfect backdrop with its stylish decor and tantalising Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails. To guarantee a table, making a booking ahead of time is recommended!
Explore the street art adorned alleyway and Saigon Sally’s light exhibition, before making yourself comfortable in the dimly-lit dining area complete with a mural of an ‘Asian Audrey Hepburn’ and elegant, vintage-inspired decor. The stylish decor isn’t the main attraction at this Windsor hotspot though, it’s the menu that keeps Melbourne’s South Asian cuisine loving foodies coming back to its Duke Street location for more and more. Taking time-tested Vietnamese favourites and giving them a creative twist, the dishes themselves may have worldly influences but the produce they are crafted from is locally sourced from markets on the daily for freshest taste.
From small plates like the kingfish ceviche, banh mi and grilled octopus to medium and larger-sized mains, Saigon Sally’s menu has something to suit all occasions, whether it’s lunch, dinner or some cocktails paired with some small plates.We recommend trying Saigon Sally’s signature braised pork belly with sticky black caramel, and vegetarians will find plenty of options too, like the spicy tempura pumpkin (crispy tofu, spiced pumpkin puree, ginger & persimmon jam with a watercress salad). Complete your experience by going for a happy ending, like the tira-mi-sally (a Vietnamese coffee and peanut brittle ice cream sandwich) or one of Saigon Sally’s creative alcoholic concoctions like the Ping Pong Smash (Tanqueray gin, ciroc coconut, herbal liqueur, apple lime, Thai basil, basil seeds, soda). A stand out among Melbourne’s many Vietnamese eateries, Windsor’s Saigon Sally draws in crowds from all over, every day of the week. Booking in advance is advised.
We tried the set menu and just let us spoil with the different courses along with a delicious bottle of wine. The restaurant was completely packed considering it was a Wednesday night, but it was not too loud. We will definitely be back.
Great flavours in every dish we ordered the trout and cauliflower were my favorite, don't pass on the dessert dishes and service was attentive and not over the top.