Kuala Lumpur International Fashion Week 2018 @ Le Meridien

This month, Oi Vietnam covered the Kuala Lumpur International Fashion Week 2018, while staying in luxury at Le Meridien KL—among the city’s most comfortable and conveniently-located hotels. It would be remiss to discuss the fashion week itself without detailing the sheer convenience of its partnered accommodation provider. Part of the trepidation in visiting new cities, … Read more

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2018

“Fashion takes passion,” and glitzy fashion shows always need big-league partners to help ensure that fabulous designs keep getting sent out along the runway. This year, Malaysia’s premier ready-to-wear event Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week found a willing sponsor in the nation’s premium low-cost airline, AirAsia, which not only ensured broad media coverage of the event … Read more

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week

When Oi Vietnam was invited to cover the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, it was inevitable that our curiosity toward the show would invite a comparison with Vietnam’s own prestigious fashion week events—which we have covered in detail before in this publication. VIFW is a spectacle of celebrities, media and showmanship where the fashions on the … Read more

Chef’s Choice

Kasen offers a more traditional Japanese dining experience through an omakase, hinged on warm rice and pristine fish Those who are already taken with Japanese cuisine will find plenty to be impressed with at Kasen (101 Le Thi Rieng, D1), a new venue serving up a contemporary sushi you will rarely see in Saigon. Kasen’s menu offers next-generation sushi, a pared-back, subtler form of the popular dish … Read more

Beefing it Up

True to its name, MANZO celebrates all things beef Oizumi foods is a big name in Japan—they run over 300 restaurants and izakaya pubs throughout the country—and they’ve been taking steps to set up base in Vietnam since opening Pizza Logic at Takashimaya back in 2016. Butcher MANZO & Craft Beer Bar (17/13 and 17/14 Le Thanh Ton, D1) is their next move, … Read more

Let’s Go For Dim Sum

Gather a hungry crew to feast on dumplings, steam buns, egg tarts and more In her 2010 article for the Wall Street Journal, Samantha Cooper wrote of exploring Saigon’s Chinatown, a part of the city that even today is rarely ventured into by fine diners for its culinary offerings—even though it’s widely (and correctly) presumed that some of the best Chinese food in the … Read more

Small is The New Big

Saigon’s newest restaurant serving creative Italian cuisine and big dreams It’s often true that the most memorable dining venues aren’t the ones that are easiest to spot. You won’t walk past Small Vacancy – Lounge & Dining —it’s hidden away in the corner of the alley at 178/4B Pasteur, D1—but this striking venue with its intimate lighting, discrete seating, bold teak color scheme and melding of traditional British … Read more

Hybrid Haven

Saigon’s newest restaurant dishes up the best blend of French and Vietnamese cuisines Local childhood friends Phuong and Long have teamed up to introduce Saigon’s latest fine dining restaurant The Haven (37A Tran Khanh Du, D1), an experimental French/Vietnamese fusion venue inspired just as much by Long’s former experiences at Stoker’s (where he studied under Head Chef Julien Thibault) as it is by the … Read more

The Chocolate Who Can Sing

Meet Doan Trang, Vietnam’s Latin pop singer “This is the best year of my life” beams Doan Trang, one of Vietnam’s most charismatic popular singers of recent decades. She’s just hit one of the most universally dreaded milestones of anyone’s lifetime, clocking into her forties in early February—yet for a performer whose youthful confidence has always been the core of her stage presence, she … Read more

Crazy for Crustaceans

Outbound to District 11 for possibly Saigon’s biggest and most succulent lobsterfest It takes a lot to drag cuisine lovers out of their comfort zones and steer them toward venues far from the central districts, but sometimes that long Uber ride across town is richly rewarded. This is one of those times and places— out in one of the more … Read more