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Le Saigon

On a night with one of those horrendous downpours where you can’t see a foot in front of you, I ended up having dinner with A in Paoli at Le Saigon. It was pretty deserted on this weekday holiday. I hadn’t been there in years, and it certainly seems the menu has changed. There’s actually pho permanently on the menu now, which is a nice plus! And there’s also many more dishes that seem straight up chinese. These dumplings were pretty standard pork filled steamed dumplings. These were good, but nothing special.
A always gets the lemongrass chicken at any vietnamese restaurant she goes to, so she went with that again. She liked it just fine.
It was too humid for pho and I wanted something different, so I got the sesame tofu. It was basically like sesame chicken, only with tofu triangles. It was pretty good! When it got cold, it wasn’t nearly as good because the tofu got pretty hard and too chewy, but otherwise, it was a good base for the sweet and savory sauce. Service was just fine. We don’t have that many options for vietnamese food in the burbs, so this is a pretty good one.

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S&H Kebab House

S&H Kebab House is a turkish spot just off of south street. I wonder what the S and H stand for. There’s some dining on the outside, but there was no way in hell we were going to torture ourselves in that heat. So we dined inside. They also have a website where you can order food, make reservations, etc. They’ve definitely embraced the interwebs.
Their hummus! It’s served with a basket of warm pita bread. Yum!
Here are the Manti. These are a turkish version of dumpings. They are steamed, filled with lamb, and topped with garlic yogurt sauce, a tomato based sauce, and mint. These are super tiny and cute! We thoroughly enjoyed these.
But really, I came here for the adana kebap. This is hand chopped lamb flavored with red bell peppers, light hot peppers, paprika and grilled. You also get two different types of rice, grilled whole tomato and pepper, and some raw and marinated veggies. These kebaps are wonderful and seasoned really well. Because it’s chopped, everything is super tender. The rice sides were a bit overdone and mushy, but I didn’t mind. Be warned – these peppers may not look hot, but they are. So don’t go and swallow them whole, unless you like the pain. Service was nice and friendly!

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Izumi

Izumi is a japanese / sushi spot on East Passyunk, in an otherwise mostly asian food-less strip of the area. It’s got outdoor seating and some indoor seating in tables, hightops, and at the sushi bar. It’s fairly clean, sleek, and modern on the inside.
Here are the gyoza, made with pork. They’re served with pickled cucumber (which weren’t particularly pickley) and already come doused and bathing in some dipping sauce. These were decent.
Here’s the izumi sashimi sampler. We have
surf clam with spicy miso, squid with smoked sea salt and lemon oil, fluke with tataki sauce, salmon carpaccio kaiware and shiso oil, and tuna with tofu vinaigrette. These were all excellent and super fresh!

Here are a couple of their specialty rolls. The one on the left had some spicy tuna and avocado and crunchies on top. The one on the right was a special of the night and had a spicy scallop topping. Both of these were great as well.
The dessert was the craziest thing ever. It was a chocolate cake topped with coconut gelato, all covered in meringue, then topped with chocolate sauce and toasted coconut. It was truly decadent and while tasty, was a bit too rich for me. I could only take a couple of small bites. It was a nice meal!

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