Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai


Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai

When Bryan and I first moved to Hong Kong, we were a bit surprised at the lack of Vietnamese restaurants. The few we had tried were mediocre, which surprised us, considering the fact that Vietnam is only an hour flight away from Hong Kong.

It’s quite possible that there just isn’t a really large Vietnamese community living here in expensive Hong Kong. Thankfully, we’ve since found some places that we enjoy, even though they come at a much higher price point than a typical Vietnamese joint.

Le Garcon Saigon is a self-billed Vietnamese “brasserie” serving food inspired by Saigon in a space that’s reminiscent of a French bistro. Opened by the Black Sheep Group (whose restaurants I generally enjoy), Le Garcon Saigon serves excellent modern Vietnamese food in a friendly and warm environment right in the Star Street Precinct area of Wan Chai.

The Food

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
NZ Cloudy Bay clams, ginger nuoc mam, kaffir lime HKD118

In general, we really enjoyed the emphasis on fresh ingredients, fragrant herbs, and flavorful sauces.

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
Charred sweet corn, salted chili ranch, smoked queso fresco, furikake HKD128

We loved the charred sweet corn, which came with an addictive smoked queso fresco sauce.

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
DYI Vietnamese rice roll

One fun main dish that we have shared every time we have gone is the DIY rice paper rolls.

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
DIY Rice Paper Rolls

You choose a protein (usually some variation of fish, pork, or beef served in a unique way) and then they give you all the fixings such as pickled carrots and radish, cucumbers, rice vermicelli, herbs, lettuce, nuoc cham (fish sauce), and pineapple, which I thought was a bit unusual.

Grouper Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
Grouper, grilled in banana leaf with lemongrass chili paste [HKD328]

We absolutely loved the flavors of the grouper grilled in banana leaf with lemongrass chili paste. The fish was tender and so flavorful. We have tried the other proteins has well, and they have been excellent.

General Thoughts – Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai

All in all, Le Garcon Saigon has become one of those places we have visited multiple times. We enjoy it because it hits the perfect spot of balancing several factors. The food is vibrant, flavorful, and feels pretty healthy. The environment is relaxed, comfortable, and quaint. The service is pretty good, and the location is pretty convenient (at least for us – it’s a 10 minute walk!).

My biggest reservation is probably the cost. If you’re used to paying very little and getting amazing Vietnamese food, this might be a bit of sticker shock. The portions are not too big, so you still need to order several things. Expect to spend around at least around HKD400 per person, if not more if you get drinks and dessert.

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
Fried rice, salted radish, lettuce heats, shallot jam [HKD148]

However, food in Hong Kong can be quite expensive, especially these more Western-style restaurants that seem to appeal to expats (yes, they speak English). The prices of this place are on par with other similar restaurants in this area that are run by the larger restaurants groups.

We haven’t found that much Vietnamese food in Hong Kong that we really enjoy, so we are thrilled to have this place so close to our apartment and we do come from time to time.

Of course, if we’re in the mood for something a bit more casual, we often swing by their little brother, Le Petit Garcon, for some awesome banh mi sandwiches, we we love.

Le Garcon Saigon Wan Chai

The Garcon Saigon Wan Chai
G/F, No.12-18 Wing Fung Street
Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China