Dining out can be a great change of atmosphere, especially if you're used to eating your meals hastily in an unguarded meat locker. Have a seat with this Groupon.
- $10 for $20 worth of Vietnamese food
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"No cookbooks. No measuring cups. No measuring spoons. No scales. I know from experience," Be Lam—the executive chef of Saigon Surface—responded when Jane Palmer of the Omaha World-Herald asked if she uses a cookbook. Lam, who runs the restaurant with the help of her daughter and son, Ngoc and Tu Nguyen, told Palmer that she learned her culinary and artistic techniques from a group of elders in her native Saigon. She creates her signature grilled pork dish, for example, not from a written-down formula but from a memorized marinade that developed over years of practice and bestows flavor to the meat over several days.
Though steeped in the food wisdom of several generations, the restaurant's overall vibe is decidedly modern. The Omaha World-Herald, which had already named it one of the Top 8 restaurants in 2011, said that it "mixes the traditional with the technological to great effect. It's a welcome addition to the downtown dining scene." There's an iPad at every table, which guests can use to order a lychee martini from the lime-green-backlit bar or fiddle with when their dates decide to show their ventriloquism skills. The walls, meanwhile, are covered with dark wood paneling, which provides a pleasingly stark contrast to the sleek white booths and tables.
The caramelized curry tilapia was one of the best things I've ever eaten. Even got to pick my own tunes on the iPad they have at every table.Conor G., Yelp, 6/19/12
The restaurant had a fantastic decor: modern, functional, clean and colorful in the right places.Shawn G., Yelp, 7/26/12
94% of 1,188 customers recommend
“I love the food at Saigon Surface. I have never been disappointed there. Yum!”
“Great food and great service!!”
“Excellent service! Close to the theater.”
324 South 14th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102