Have you ever tunnel-boned a quail? No, neither have we. Nor do we want to. If visions of Amy Adams trying to debone a duck don’t gel with your Friday night plans, head to Saigon Sally and leave the hard work to the professionals.
Hanoi Hannah’s brand new sibling is 400m down the road on Duke St and the team have put their new project in capable hands. Chef Adrian Li is at the helm and he’s the one squirreling sticky rice, chicken lab cham and shitake museum into teeny tiny bird carcasses.
He’s also behind the Vietnamese tacos. Li’s Banh Xeo Taco is a healthy, DIY take on the traditional Banh Xeo fried pancake. Tortilla-esque wrap, pork, prawns, coconut, turmeric and bean sprouts come ready for you to wrap and roll.
Forget the deep-fried crickets, this is Hawker-style food we want to eat – Chinese doughnuts (savoury, not sweet), wagyu strips, pork belly and more. If you’re really hungry, try a bit of everything with the $60 “Feed Me” menu.
Ultimately Saigon Sally is a crowd pleaser. There are two bars. One for drinking, manned by Tom Stonnill, another for dessert. Resident “Sugar Daddy” pastry chef, Felix Goodwin, whips up the popular Tira-Mi-Sally, a Vietnamese tiramisu made on macarons and condensed milk, and a handful of other sweets.
DJ’s keep the beats going late so grab a spot at the über cool bar stools and settle in.
2 Duke Street, Windsor
6pm – late, Weds – Sun
T: (03) 9939 5181