Saigon Restaurant, a fixture of El Cajon Boulevard’s Little Saigon district for more than 20 years, is expanding beyond its City Heights location. The longstanding Vietnamese eatery is heading to Linda Vista; food blog mmm-yoso noticed the signage up at the space adjacent to Asian grocery store Thuan Phat Supermarket, which has been vacant for several years since the 2016 closure of Yum Cha Cafe, a casual eatery that served Chinese roast duck, roast pork, and dim sum dishes.
Eater confirmed that the two restaurants are connected. The original, established in 1995, is a large space filled with lazy Susan-topped tables set up for multi-course family feasts. Its menu is vast (over 300 dishes long) and offers Vietnamese as well as Chinese cuisine —everything from spring rolls and egg rolls and pho to bowls of vermicelli noodles, plates of broken rice and more. It’s open every day at 9 a.m.
The new Linda Vista road outpost, which is smaller, is currently under construction and should be open by December.