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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|0 Comments
  • Rice Fields

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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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
  • Le Signature

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

Spread the Madness

A place where food has substance, big appetites are essential and the view is as superb as the service

MAD COW WINE & GRILL sits on the 30th floor of Pullman Saigon Centre (148 Tran Hung Dao, D1), and the mood is set […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Seafood BBQ Buffet at An Lam Retreats Saigon River

So often, the phrase “culinary experience” is used to describe what turns out to be a simple meal.

However, An Lam Retreats Saigon River’s newly announced Seafood BBQ Buffet is truly a “culinary experience” in every sense of the phrase.

Organized every […]

By |September 29th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments
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Food is Life

With a new head chef at the helm, Bistro Sông Vie’s new menu elevates fine dining to the next level

Eating at Bistro Sông Vie (197/2 Nguyen Van Huong, D2), the all-day dining restaurant at the Villa Sông boutique hotel in Thao Dien feels like […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Restaurant Reviews, Wine & Dine|0 Comments