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Saigon Cafe to reopen with expanded menu, seating

Saigon Café plans to bring an expanded menu of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine to the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Street.

“As of right now we are shooting for Nov. 6 for an opening,” said manager Tri Lam.

The restaurant moved from near Buffalo State College to the heart of the Elmwood Village, doubling its size and adding a full bar. It took over a high-visibility corner space at 520 Elmwood Ave. formerly occupied by Le Metro and Mode.

“We will be expanding the menu with more authentic dishes,” said owner Manh Le, while keeping items like banh xeo, the Vietnamese coconut milk crepe (above). “There are more food items, more authentic homemade foods.”

Dishes like thit ram (sliced pork belly wokked and simmered with caramel sauce and coconut water) and ca kho nghe (salmon or catfish braised with turmeric sauce in clay pot) are listed on the new specials menu.

“We’re going to be doing delivery too,” Lam said. There will also be a late-night dessert menu at the bar, featuring Butterwood desserts that can be matched with wine.

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