Love to Eat

At Loveat in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Mediterranean food meets Italian flair. The best thing about the breadth of Italian cuisine is that no matter how many restaurants open, they can all maintain a point of difference. Loveat, (29 Hai Trieu, D1), located directly opposite the main entrance to Bitexco Tower, positions itself as “Mediterranean … Read more

Eating in a Venetian Bàcaro

A new Venice style restaurant to indulge in. The founder of Ciao Bella who last wooed us with the new Mediterranean concept Saffron has now opened a third European concept – Portofino, just a few doors down from Ciao Bella on Dong Du. Where Ciao Bella offers hearty home-style Italian fare and Saffron dishes from around … Read more

The Hard Ride

Vietnam’s latest status symbol In late November 2013, Lawson Dixon was a worried man. Five years after first approaching Harley-Davidson US for the rights to open a franchise in Vietnam, conquering a grueling vetting process which saw 70 other applicants eschewed in favor of the family-owned UAE-based company Lawson works for – and overseeing a … Read more

Steak Your Claim

Japan’s delicious fusion take on the American Salisbury steak… With a proliferation of Japanese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, it’s hard to imagine a new one offering something unique. But in the delightful little restaurant lane off Le Thanh Ton St in District 1, Yoshiki Kondo manages just that. He is General Manager of … Read more

Two-Live Crew

The story of how a singer met a musician to form a hit sensation. Thanks to their musical career and popularity, Sitti Gomez and musical partner Jason Jazz are amongst the most visible Filipinos in Ho Chi Minh City. Sitti, 29, and Jason, 33, have entertained expats in the city’s entertainment venues for nearly four years. … Read more

Curry Cravings

A tempting place to satiate your Indian food cravings whether at home or dining out. Baba’s Kitchen (164 Bui Vien, D1, tel: 3838 6661), one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants, has shed the shackles of District 1, opening a modern takeaway and delivery service facility in District 2. Backpackers in transit through the … Read more