Spread the Madness

A place where food has substance, big appetites are essential and the view is as superb as the service

MAD COW WINE & GRILL sits on the 30th floor of Pullman Saigon Centre (148 Tran Hung Dao, D1), and the mood is set the moment you enter the restaurant: warm lighting, edgy urban decor, exquisite panoramic floor to ceiling windows and attentive, friendly staff who speak flawless English. The concept behind Mad Cow is simple—quality food and affordable wine in a relaxed atmosphere—and they’ve nailed it, it is so much more than just a hotel restaurant.

Mad Cow_Bouillabasse


Ordering from the A La carte menu (they also had a lamb special and a tapas menu, both of which we will be going back to try) we opened with the Bouillabaisse (VND250,000), a provençal seafood soup with mussels, prawn, clam, seabass and squid. The seafood was piled high into a bowl and the broth poured over it at the table. Each element was cooked to perfection and the depth of flavor in the broth took us to the ocean, an ideal starter for the night.

Mad Cow_Salmon Steak

Salmon Steak

The surf course was a melt-in-your-mouth Salmon steak (VND640,000) drizzled with pesto and served with garlic aioli and charred leeks. The salmon was rich and oily, nicely grilled on the outside, pink on the inside with a slight smoky flavor from the charred leeks. This was divine.

Mad Cow_Tomahawk

Tomahawk Steak

For our turf, we ordered the Tomahawk 1kg grassfed steak from the Mad Sharing category (including a choice of three sauces and two sides; VND2,4500,00) cooked rare. It’s one of their most popular dishes and although it’s labeled suitable “for two people,” this steak could feed a small family. The humongous steak arrived with beautiful char-grill marks on the outside and, as requested, rare. For a bit of live-action dinner theater, it was carved at the table for us. We chose a hearty peppercorn, an airy truffle, and a rich and zesty blue cheese sauce to accompany the steak, all three were rich with flavors that elevated the steak to another level. The sides of mashed potato with bacon (who can resist bacon on top of anything?) and the spinach with mushroom and almonds were both well seasoned and complemented the steak. There was also a wide selection of mustards that came with the meal, as well as a whole roasted garlic, which when squeezed over the steak was a sauce in itself.

Mad Cow_Chocolate Fondant

Chocolat Fondant

Despite our sizable feast, we wisely saved room for dessert. We opted to share one and settled on the Chocolate fondant (VND140,000), as there had been rumours of a free flow chocolate, macaron and cookie box floating around. Visually, the dessert was gorgeous. A pot of decadent warm, gooey chocolate that was essentially indulgence in a bowl. With a side of creamy vanilla ice cream set upon a biscuit crumb and a buttery caramel sauce, I slipped into dessert heaven.

Mad Cow boasts the city’s most accessibly priced wine collection, with 50 different handpicked wines to choose from, and with such a wide selection on offer we asked our waiter, Diep, for recommendations. We started off with a bold Australian Shiraz and then continued to sample a fantastic Argentinian Malbec, a Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of vanilla and rounded off the night with a glass of Yalumba antique tawny dessert wine. All the wines that we tried (and many more) are available at Mad prices by the glass (starting at VND85,000).

The service here is outstanding, turning a great meal into an extraordinary experience. The charming manager, Victoria, was involved in the concept-design and set-up of the restaurant, and her team has done a superb job. Every detail, from lighting and furniture to the menu (created together by Australian chef Danny Grimshaw) has been carefully considered. While only opened for six weeks there is already talk of expansion. Cheers to Mad Cow spreading its madness across Southeast Asia!

Images Provided by Mad Cow Wine & Grill

Share this story, choose your platform!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on google
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on vk
Share on email
About the author:

Leave a Comment

Behind the Label

Is French wine about to hit bottom? France has the worldwide reputation for producing the best, and usually, the most expensive wines in the world. The five first growths of Bordeaux, also known as the Grand Crus, even though they are mass produced in the hundreds of thousands of bottles, easily reach astronomic prices around

Read More »

From a Virtual Restaurant to your Dining Table

No longer must restaurateurs rent space for a dining room to serve diners, Oi speaks to Rukmini Makkar about her new business What inspired you to start FEURO, and what does ” FEURO ” mean? Saigon is a vibrant melting pot of cultures, and has a wide array of delicious cuisines to offer, the founders

Read More »

Eat More Vegetables

Exploring Vietnam’s best vegetarian ingredients For many, Vietnam is a paradise for vegetarians of all kinds. Restaurants roll out a vegetarian menu for the first and 15th of every month for those looking for a bit of soul purification. Home cooks revel in a huge assortment of fruits and vegetables, changing with the season. And

Read More »

A Good Rose Is Good

Rosé rules. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Rosé wines are some of the most undervalued wines in the world. There are no particular reasons for this other than perhaps ignorance and misunderstanding them. In Asia, rosé wines are considered bad because “they are made from the bad red and white wines

Read More »

Chinese Comfort Food

Longstanding establishment Café Central opens a new location in District 5 Among Saigon’s most prominent food & beverage groups, WMC has long been known for its range of restaurant styles and signature menus that are always designed to appeal to broad tastes in dining. This year, the group has launched its latest venue by returning

Read More »

Staying In Is The New Going Out

ONHA.VN brings you the Paragon of Restaurants into your home, backed by high-end technology and culinary talents. Speed POS is a payment transactions and inventory software & hardware provider, as well as training center, servicing F&B, Retail and Hotels. First and foremost, Speed POS has become a household name within the world of restaurants, fast

Read More »