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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
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Luxury Lunches

The perfect excuse to skip work and while away a Saigon afternoon

For any foodies in Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll definitely want to check out Saigon Kitchen located in the beautiful Hôtel des Arts Saigon (76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, D3; www.hoteldesartssaigon.com). Saigon Kitchen focuses on serving […]

By |April 17th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Hanoi, Haiphong in Hong Kong

In search of the flavors of Vietnam within the bright lights of Hong Kong

You’ll find little Saigons and Little Hanois all over the US, Europe, Australia and Singapore, but not in Hong Kong. A punishing immigration policy that favors those who will contribute significantly to the economy, coupled […]

By |April 10th, 2018|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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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