Travel & Restaurants

Saigon Suzy

November 23, 2017

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There seems to be loads of new places popping up all over the place in Joburg these days and people are really making an effort to make them unique and different which is really cool! A few days ago I posted about the amazing little gin bar in Linden called Tonic and today I’m going to tell you about Jan Smuts newest addition, Saigon Suzy.

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Now here’s what’s awesome about this place and also pretty unique for Joburg, it’s a BBQ and Rock ‘n Roll Bar! This Asian street food-inspired restaurant serves pretty tasty food in the form of baos, ramen, rice bowls, stir-frys, curries, and dumplings but then it also has an upstairs that houses their ‘Secret Motel Rooms’. Now I hope this is where you’re saying ‘Ooooh what is a Secret Motel Room?’

Well let me tell you… the Motel Rooms are actually private karaoke rooms that you can hire out by the hour. They’re decked out in cool coloured lights, wallpaper, and velvet sofas and are reminiscent of the famous karaoke room from Lost In Translation. I don’t know about you guys, but dinner and then a bit of a sing-song after sounds like a lot of fun!

These rooms come in quite pricey if you’re planning a night of solo singing! You’re looking at R800 for the first hour and then R1400 for 2 hours, but if you have a few friends onboard, it doesn’t work out too badly. They also have an outside section called the Cherry Blossom Garden, which I can imagine at night is very pretty what with all the fairy lights threaded through the tree that it’s located under.

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Now onto the food. There’s a nice ‘Mains’ selection that isn’t too overwhelming and includes all the things you’d like to find on an Asian-inspired menu, but if you’re into sharing then their ‘Small Plates’ section is pretty extensive and everything on it sounds really good! So you can go either way and fill up on smalls or order yourself one big meal. We did both. Obviously.

For starters, Shane and I had Chicken & Prawn Dumplings in Pho Broth with Beansprouts and Sriracha as well Korean Fried Chicken Baos with Kewpie mayo and Pickles. I then ordered a rice bowl which came with Imperial Carmalized Pok Belly, Teriyaki, Shredded Carrot, Pea Shoots, Red Onion, Kimchi and Sticky Rice. Shane opted for a BBQ Beef Sirloin Salad which came with Stem Ginger, Carrot, Mange Tout, Ho Chi Min Ginger Dressing and Cashew Nuts. We then ended with a Warm Chocolate Brownie with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream, Peanut Bittle, Ginger and Salted Caramel Sauce and a Suzy’s Sundae which is made up of Mango Ice-Cream, Coconut Sorbet and a selection of Summer fruits like Watermelon and Granadillas.

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We really enjoyed our food, I especially liked my rice bowl, the sauce that came with it was amazing and the pork was really tender. Next time though I’m going to try one of their stir-fries which you build yourself from a list of tasty ingredients. They also have a pretty good looking drinks menu that includes all sorts of awesome Japanese whiskeys and sakes as well as cocktails, wines, and champagne.

One more thing about Saigon Suzy, they don’t take bookings so it’s first come first serve, but I’ve included their number below in case you can change their minds 🙂

Address: 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg

Telephone: 011 327-6596

Here are a few other Asian restaurants in Joburg that are so worth checking out – Lau’s Restaurant, Momo Soko and Urbanologi

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