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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 […]

By |August 13th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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San Diego Meets Saigon

The marriage of Southern California and Vietnamese cuisines for a fresh and bold take on fusion

Already having cemented it’s reputation for their incredible selection of craft beers, however, East West Brewing Company’s (181–185 Ly Tu Trong, D1) food is not to be overlooked. We […]

By |July 30th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Fallen Idols

It’s not all about reputation and name recognition anymore

I love Bordeaux wines, I have always loved them, perhaps it’s because my wine training started with Bordeaux wines back in London. I will never forget when I was invited to a trade tasting session of St […]

By |July 30th, 2018|Cheers, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |July 19th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Samosas

Samosa, Sambusa, or samboksa is a fried or baked dish with a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, peas, cheese, minced lamb or minced chicken. Its size and consistency may vary, but typically it is distinctly triangular in shape. Indian samosas are usually vegetarian, and often accompanied by […]

By |July 13th, 2018|Chuc An Ngon, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Cuisine of the Soil

A Michelin-star experience at L’Escale By Thierry Drapeau

A shiver of delight struck food lovers in Asia when Michelin released its first restaurant guide to Bangkok just a few months ago. However, in a case of “so close, yet so far”, a Michelin-starred meal for gastro-minded […]

By |July 9th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Eating History

Rewriting the rule book at Caravelle’s Reflections Restaurant

Traditions are great. They create structure and stability, and give us a sense of familiarity and safety. That applies to everything from centuries-old institutions, say the British monarchy, to your favorite restaurant where you can always count on your usual table […]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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How Green Are Green Wines?

Clearing the confusion and mystery around what makes a wine environmentally friendly and qualify as “green”

Over the past few decades we have had an explosion of what I like to call “green wines,” which, depending on the country where they are produced, may be labeled as organic, […]

By |June 20th, 2018|Cheers, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Xin Ciao

Two classic cuisines—Italian and Vietnamese — come together beautifully at this charming eatery in District 2

We headed over to Pho Ong Tay (39 Vo Truong Toan, Thao Dien, D2; 090 246 2934), for a late lunch. I knew little about Pho Ong Tay, only […]

By |June 11th, 2018|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |June 7th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments