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Enjoy a Luxurious Sunday Lunch with Family and Friends

Restaurant Nineteen is located in the ground floor of the Caravelle hotel in District 1, an ideal place for people and families to get together and enjoy a “lazy” Sunday with top quality food and great service - without having to break the bank to do so.

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French Passion for Food and Wine at Dong Khoi 38

38 Dong Khoi Wine bar and restaurant opened its doors a year ago in the heart of Saigon where it has been making food a wine lovers happy ever since.

This French wine bar, that serves amazing food, focuses on the wines of Bordeaux (France) as reflected by its wine list where around 60% come from that region, most of which are exclusive and can’s be found anywhere else in Vietnam. In its dark cellar, one can find wines ranging from the inexpensive but delicious, to famous ones like Chateau Margaux 2002 or Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2007, that you can order at the bar or to take away (with a 25% discount on bar prices).

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Deliciously Sweet Oc Huong

As we continue to rifle through the hundreds of entries on John Russack’s street food blog, Down the Street and Back Again, he suggested we take a look at Oc Huong, sweet snails, one of his favorite dishes.

On a hot and steamy day, John and his friend were strolling around District 1 looking for shelter from the heat. An Oc (snail) restaurant called out to them with the promise of cold beer and seafood.

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Cirrus: Lift to Culinary Paradise

While I usually place my conclusion at the end of a restaurant review, today I will do the opposite as I do not want you to miss out: this new restaurant is likely to become one of Vietnam’s best, and should earn a few Michelin stars along the way. If you like fine food, try to visit before their waiting list starts to fill up!

Cirrus quietly opened its doors two months ago, and they have been limiting their booking to a maximum of thirty guests per night in order to ensure that the experience is amazing. Mission accomplished.

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One Stop Portal to Get Food to Your Door!

Are you hungry but feeling too lazy to cook or even to go out, but you do not speak Vietnamese or don’t want to spend hours check which of your favourite restaurants have a “working” web page? Well if this describes you, as it does me, you may be very happy to know that someone has done a lot of the hard work for you, and made the experience of ordering food online in Vietnam a very easy one.

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Feeling Under the Weather? Grab a Bowl of Cháo!

Local blog, Eating Saigon, recently posted a piece about their love for cháo, one of Vietnam’s favorite comfort foods. The rice porridge, which plays the same role as chicken soup in the West, is the dish locals tell you to eat if you’re getting a cold. In reality, it’s delicious whether you’re sick or not.

The guys over at Eating Saigon have a deeper appreciation for the dish than most, frequenting the stall of the affectionately named, CháoLady. Here is their vivid description of the dish:

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Shang Palace: Best of Hong Kong in Saigon

Although I have never had the pleasure of visiting China, I have been eating Chinese food for decades, in several different countries, especially with the help and advice of some of my Chinese friends. The reason I am telling you this is because something I thought impossible happened this week: I was truly impressed with the Hong Kong food offered by Shang Palace in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

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The Magical Story of Cao Lau

Cao lau is one of Vietnam’s most sought after and enchanting dishes. It is unlike any other Vietnamese food, employing steamed noodles and special ingredients that can only be found in the UNESCO world heritage village of Hoi An. With so many conflicting stories of its origin and mystery surrounding it, the dish has reached almost legendary status. Luckily, David Farley did his due diligence and wrote a fantastic piece about cao lau for AFAR.com.

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Mekong Merchant: A Slice of the Mekong in District 2

I recently visited Mekong Merchant in Thao Dien, District 2. Upon entering, you cannot miss the big open air patio surrounded by thatched buildings and shady trees. The natural setting features ample space and a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere where staff provide outstanding service and lots of smiles.

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Sushi Oishi! Akatonbo

I’m not a food snob, I promise. Oh, one exception though – Japanese food. I was fortunate, due to the randomness of life, to have lived across from a sushi joint manned by a team of Rastafarian chefs. Perhaps they could not find their niche in their homogeneous homeland so they began their self-imposed exile in Brooklyn, New York. After 3 years of friendship and sushi gorging, I got to know the food pretty well.

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Vietnamese Street Pizza: Bánh Trứng Tráng

Bánh Trứng Tráng

Down the Street and Back Againis a blog written by John Russack, an American pilot who, for 365 days, sampled a new Vietnamese street delicacy. His long journey has recently come to an end, but to get to the elusive 365 foods, he embraced his role as street food ambassador to the fullest - trying everything from grilled crickets to fertile duck eggs. Epic.

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