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 the moment you enter the restaurant: warm lighting, edgy urban decor, exquisite panoramic floor to ceiling

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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 second and fourth Saturday of the month, the evening begins with a speedboat

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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 a sojourn in another world. Walking through the  hotel compound we past along a roofed

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Burger Bound

Over-achieving Hungry Bunny serves top notch burgers and American comfort food An Outpost of American comfort food just a short hop away from any location where the menu prices would have to compensate for higher rents, Hungry Bunny (1 Nguyen Cuu Van, D1) is a jewel-in-the-rough venue you’ll definitely want to hunt down, if only to get in early before this takes

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Flavors of Home

Vietnamese comfort food that makes you feel at home It was evening and we meandered down an alleyway where we came upon Secret House by Secret Garden Vietnamese Restaurant & Café (55/1 Le Thi Hong Gam, D1), a new establishment by Huy, who has already made a name for himself with popular restaurants Secret Garden and Mountain Retreat. Born in the north of

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Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

A look into Taiwan’s fascinating food culture “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are,” wrote 19th century gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. So it is that I find myself in Taiwan, the home of bubble tea and instant noodles, the world’s lowest fertility rates and highest math scores, in a quest

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Banh khot

The Home Plate

How banh khot represents family, comfort and childhood. “Home is where the heart is,” that’s what they say. For most people the aphorism is applied to an actual home but for restauranteur Ms. Dung Pham home can come to you one spoonful (or chopstick-load) at a time. Tucked away in a small street in District

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Holey Bagels

Stuffed, saucy or schmeared—have them however you like them at Saigon Bagel Of all its signature foodstuffs—pastrami sandwiches, New York pizza—bagels are arguably the most synonymous with Gotham, and the best bagels in NYC are now being duplicated in Saigon. Originally brought over by Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the bagel is a round piece of

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It’s Better at The Top

It’s your typical rainy season evening when we go to visit OnTop Bar at Novotel Saigon Centre (167 Hai Ba Trung, District 3). Thunder roars through the city as lightning fills the sky and, naturally, it has us a bit concerned that the inclement weather will detract from the experience of a rooftop bar. Nevertheless, we ride the elevator to the

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NU is New

Asian fusion cuisine with a splash of drama There’s a flair of the dramatic and creativity that’s on full display as soon as you walk into the newly opened NU Bistro (2nd floor, 25 Ho Tung Mau, D1). Situated just off Ham Nghi and up a small staircase, the main doors open to a colorful

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