Restaurant Review: Nineteen Brunch at Caravelle Saigon

From delectable seafood and mouthwatering roasts to decadent desserts, the Caravelle’s NINETEEN brunch buffet is a must

A four-foot long salmon resting beautifully on a platter of buttery white wine sauce, accompanied by over a dozen giant mussels, presided over the entrance of restaurant NINETEEN at Caravelle Saigon (19 – 23 Lam Son Square, D1), luring me and my companion into a paradise of unlimited indulgence.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_salmon_DSC7990_NT

Once we pass the salmon we find ourselves in an elegant, modern space designed as a culinary tour.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_DSC3082_NT

One section housed the cured meats and carving station with Spanish ham, salamis and an eye-popping array of French cheeses, including goat, tomme de savoie and wonderful brie—spread this on the freshly baked bread that accompanies it to start one of the best Sunday brunches in Saigon.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_Cold cut_DSC3116_NT

The highlight of the buffet was strategically placed in the center of the restaurant: cuts of perfectly marbled meats and fresh seafood ready to be grilled or steamed to my liking.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_DSC3063_NT

Tuna, salmon, oysters, crab, lamb, an assortment of shish kebabs and lobster— all deliciously unlimited!

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_oyster_DSC8022_NT

As a fan of surf-and-turf, I ordered a lobster and grilled lamb chops. The lobster was a grandiose buttery, juicy affair, tender and perfectly cooked. The lamb chops were absolutely perfect, with a layer of golden decadent fat around the edges, complementing the tenderness of the meat itself.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_canada lobster_DSC3106_NT

Located behind the raw meats and seafood, we found the artfully arranged cooked meats: American roast beef, honey glazed Virginia ham and stuffed roasted chicken served alongside several sauces and gravies (my favorites were the traditional gravy and the mushroom gravy.) If you’re like me and crave the all-American Thanksgivings and Christmas dinners from back home then this is the stop for you. The honey glazed ham was just like my Grandma’s ham that I used to wait all year to get my fingers on—it was sweet, it was tender and it melted in my mouth. The roast beef, doused in a ladle full of gravy, was also a mouthful of delicious nostalgia. At this point we decided to enjoy our bottomless glasses of sparkling wine and take a short break from eating.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_BBQ_DSC7968_NT

Before wrapping up our three-hour long brunch, we headed over to the sushi section before ending at the desserts station. The dedicated sushi masters behind the counter rolled and sliced expertly to keep the sushi station continuously filled. There were tuna and salmon sashimi, as well as a plethora of different rolls, all of which tasted out-of-the-ocean fresh.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_sushi_DSC3109_NT

I then ordered a delicious cup of Lavazza coffee and walked over to the dessert island. The inviting aromas from the red velvet cakes, flowing chocolate fountain, fresh fruits and beautifully decorated puddings were sweetly sinful. Having overindulged on too many savory dishes I opted for a small mango mousse cake that was a masterpiece of taste just as much as it was a visual delight.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_DSC3069_NT

Spending an entire Sunday afternoon with friends enjoying delicious unlimited food and drinks surrounded by topnotch service at NINETEEN is now on my top five things to do on the weekend.

Oi Vietnam-August2016_Caravelle_DSC3076_NT

The NINETEEN Sunday Brunch buffet is priced at VND1,490,000++ with unlimited flow of champagne, craft cocktails, selected house wine and beer; VND1,090,000++ with unlimited flow of selected sparkling wine, craft cocktails, selected house wines and beer; VND990,000++ with unlimited flow of non-alcoholic cocktails, soft drinks and juices, excluding alcoholic beverages; and VND890,000++ excluding beverages.

From now until the end of August, for bookings of five people or more, from two of the four package options (VND890,000++ and VND1,490,000++), guests will receive a 20 percent discount.


Share this story, choose your platform!

About the author:

Leave a Comment

Using Seasonal Ingredients for Your Sunday Dinners

Sunday dinners are a cherished tradition in many households, a time when families gather to enjoy a meal and spend quality time together. Elevating these occasions with seasonal ingredients can enhance the flavors and nutritional value of the dishes while supporting local agriculture and reducing environmental impact. This article explores how incorporating seasonal produce into

Read More »

Wine & Dine Jackpot Nights: Hosting a Casino-themed Dinner Party

Throwing a memorable dinner party is an art form, and what better way to elevate the experience than by adding a dash of excitement with a casino-themed twist? Imagine the thrill of a night filled with high-stakes games, laughter, and the clinking of glasses. If you’re ready to take your hosting skills to the next

Read More »

October 2023: Kita Food Festival in Singapore and KL

KITA FOOD FESTIVAL TO HOST KITA CONVERSATIONS WITH WORLD RENOWNED FOOD THOUGHT LEADERSSingapore 23 Oct & Kuala Lumpur 30 Oct September 27,2023, Singapore & Malaysia: Kita Food Festival is bringing a host of world-renowned chefs and food thought leaders together for Kita Conversations as part of the overall food festival which will be held in

Read More »

Does Coffee Cause Inflammation? Myths and Misconceptions

This delicious morning brew is a must part of our daily routine. The beverage is hard to say no to because of its luscious taste and aroma.  Plus, it gives you the energy boost you need to start your day! While drinking a cup of rich, creamy coffee may give you a shot of stamina,

Read More »