Where do you go in the CBD when you’re looking for a cozy lunch spot that serves up comforting yet contemporary fare? We’re huge fans of Fat Saigon Boy, a Telok Ayer hotspot brought to us by Cang Lai, who draws on his Vietnamese heritage and Melbourne upbringing to create traditional Vietnamese dishes like pho, banh mi and rice paper rolls with a modern twist.
Why you should come here:
The atmosphere here is laid-back, warm and inviting, the service is quick and efficient, and you can tell there is a lot of love put into the food. Take for example the Beef Pho loaded with thin slices of slow-cooked beef, beef meatballs and springy rice noodles in a rich herb-infused broth, or the Signature Pork that is expertly chargrilled just enough to add a smoky flavour to the tender, juicy meat.
What we love:
The pho here is awesome, especially on a grey, rainy day when you’re looking for something piping hot to warm you up and fill you up at the same time. We also love that they have an interesting array of dishes that are not your usual Vietnamese mom-and-pop shop fare like the Soft Shell Crab Sliders, Pork Belly Spring Rolls, and Chilli Chicken Wings. Even better, the prices are very reasonable, which makes this one of our go-to places when we’re looking for an easy and affordable non-hawker lunch or dinner fix.
The Telok Ayer space is small, so it tends to fill up fast. You’re best off making a reservation if you don’t want to wait for a table, but note that they don’t take resos online, only over the phone. For a quicker Fat Saigon Boy fix, head to their second location at Icon Village Extension that focuses more on quick takeaway bites.
Lunch and dinner sets go for $13 including a starter, main and a house tea.
Where: 51 Telok Ayer Street #01-02 and 16 Enggor Street, Icon Village Extension #01-13
Tel: +65 6221 6784
Hours: Mon – Fri:11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 9pm