With room for twenty diners to sit in, the place also offers takeaway, which seemed to be the preferred choice for most customers during my visit.The menu blends dishes from Thailand, Japan, China and Vietnam, with salads, pho, banh mi, gyoza and various other bits and pieces, for a true pan-Asian experience.
The interior is calming and cool. There’s a nice blend of shelf seating and wooden-topped cafe tables. There’s some regional detailing and maps, which all seems nicely understated. I liked it very much.After a moment of two of contemplation, I settled upon their sticky hoisin chicken salad. I ordered at the counter, as is the way of things, then took a seat.
My dish was soon with me served in a simple glass bowl. It proved an invigoratingly healthy eat, with plenty of freshness. Vermicelli noodles gave the salad its backbone and profuse chicken its centrepiece.
There were a couple of issues, though, as the chicken wasn’t very sticky and the overall effect of the dish was slightly mannered rather than being packed with kapow flavours. Still it was smart cooking and rather satisfying.
So overall, I enjoyed my first visit to Saiko Kitchen and I look forward to popping in again, soon. There’s plenty to tempt on their diverse menu, so I’d recommend you come and try it for yourself next time you’re in the neighbourhood.
Blythe scores Saiko Kitchen
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: sticky hoisin chicken salad (noodles, leaves, vegetables, coriander, chilli)
I drank: water
I wore: drenched black
Total bill: £5.95