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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 […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Buon Appetito

Come for the wood-fired pizza, stay for the barbecue ribs and wings

Italiani’s Han Thuyen (17 Han Thuyen, D1) is just a short walk from the tourist and selfie mecca of Notre Dame. The un-prepossessing exterior belies an achingly cool interior—the bare brick cladding, exposed lightbulbs and a […]

By |March 15th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |March 11th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|1 Comment
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Dine by the Waterside

A rustic riverside restaurant that majors in delicious Vietnamese barbecue.

Perched conveniently on the northeastern shore of the Thao Dien peninsula, The River Restaurant (199 Nguyen Van Huong, D2) is District 2’s newest Vietnamese riverside eatery. With a fully-stocked bar and an […]

By |February 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|1 Comment
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Sip Spain

Rias Baixas is located in the Galacia region of Northwestern Spain and enjoys a cool, coastal climate and is best known for producing Albariño

Unless you’re a fanatic for special great wine, and you like doing research, you may not be familiar […]

By |February 13th, 2018|Cheers, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Northern Comfort Food

Rice Fields brings regional Red River Delta dishes to Saigon

Across the street from Bitexco Tower, up two flights of stairs and behind a curtain of hanging beads is Rice Fields – Homecooked Vietnamese Cuisine (75-77 Ho Tung Mau, D1). Here, in the heart of the […]

By |January 21st, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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My Little Tomato

Tapas take on a sexy new look and flavor with the arrival of Tomatito and its colorful award-winning chef, Willy Trullas Moreno

The “Sexy Tapas Bar” Tomatito Saigon (First Floor, 171 Calmette, D1) is about to open in the heart of the new burgeoning bar/restaurant neighborhood south […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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A Gesture of Goodwill

Blanc’s hearing impaired staff combine gestures with gastronomy

I usually bristle when my requests directed at Vietnamese service staff fall on deaf ears, but for once, I don’t mind. I’m at Blanc, the five-month old restaurant that features almost all hearing-impaired waiters. Co-owned by Vu Anh Tu and […]

By |December 13th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Who is Marcel?…

…and why are his burgers so delicious

Marcel Gourmet Bruger (132 Calmette, D1,) occupies a small space on a busy street between a construction site and a Vietnamese spa, but step foot inside and you’ll swear you’ve fallen asleep and woken up in a Wes Anderson […]

By |December 1st, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Put a FORK in it

Big flavors on small plates at this new tapas restaurant in downtown Saigon

When Tony Fox opened his doors a month ago in the much loved but now defunct Portofino, it was with a specific purpose: bring something new to HCMC. As we sit under warm […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments