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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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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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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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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
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Let’s Do Brunch

Brunch is no longer reserved for Sundays

I booked the Craft Beer Brunch at Rbar at the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon (8-15 Ton Duc Thang, D1) as a treat to ourselves at the end of a hard week, hoping beyond hope that it would live up to expectations. […]

By |May 29th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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 […]

By |May 28th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Hip To Be Square

Conquering Novotel Saigon Centre’s Seafood Buffet

There are two kinds of people in life—those who plan and those who embrace the spontaneity of the unexpected. I fall into the first category and on a warm Friday evening, find myself mapping out a strategy to conquer the wonderfully formidable […]

By |May 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Rice is Life

Highlighting the pure, delicious simplicity of rice and comfort food

In Vietnam, rice is life. Even a map of one of the world’s top rice-exporting countries looks like two rice baskets hung on a long pole, anchored by the rice-growing regions of the Red River Delta in the […]

By |April 26th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments