February 2010: Little Saigon has re-opened as “Huong Viet” in Nutley.
19 Elm St, Montclair, NJ
Vietnamese is one of my favorite cuisines and its one that’s good for all seasons. In the winter, a steaming hot bowl of Pho when you have the sniffles is an ideal remedy for both the cold and anything else that ails you. In 90 degree summer heat, the cuisine’s reliance on raw vegetables and herbs and room-temperature dishes makes it an excellent hot weather choice as well.
The restaurant makes really authentic Vietnamese dishes and pretty much everyone who goes there loves the food. However, NYT restaurant reviewer David Corcoran felt the service was really spotty, and until my last visit, I agreed with him. However, It now appears that they seem to have all the staffing issues ironed out, so I’m now giving the place my complete recommendation.
Storefont on Elm Street
Main Dining Room
Cha Gio, Spring Rolls
Goi Cuon, Summer Rolls
Green Papaya Salad with Shrimp
This was an appetizer special, glutinous rice flour dumplings filled with pork topped with sliced chicken roll.
Rice Noodle Salad with Pork
Another special, Beef Wrapped with Special Leaf. We weren’t able to figure out what the special leaf was, but it imparted a very interesting flavor to the beef rolls.
Coconut Sticky Rice with BBQ Chicken, another special.
Shrimp in Sweet Potato Nests
Beef in Sate Sauce
Rare Beef Salad
Rare Beef Salad (Portion Closeup)
Sauteed Egg Noodles with Beef
Crab and Asparagus Soup
Won Ton Soup (Vietnamese Style)
Vietnamese Crepe with Shrimp and Pork
Boneless Stuffed Chicken with Chestnuts, Pork and Apricots