Occupying a corner of Annam Gourmet Market in Saigon Centre, Annam Café Gourmet combines quality coffee with simple yet tasty food. Opened last July, this compact space is an ideal resting stop for shoppers looking to recharge their batteries or have some lunch.

 

Designed to create a contemporary ambience, with wooden tables, chairs and leather sofas, Annam Café Gourmet’s menu focuses on French-inspired, European cuisine, created by well-known five-star chef Sakal Phoeung. The focus here is on quality, imported ingredients that provide a taste of home. Apart from salad (VND170,000 for tomato and mozzarella), tartines (VND140,000 for tartine Mediterranean), main courses (VND170,000 for the beef lasagna), cheese and a cold cuts board (from VND290,000), there is a huge selection of hot and cold sandwiches.

 

The café also caters to wine lovers, serving up wine from France, Italy, Spain and Australia. The beer selection is comprehensive including local (VND35,000 for 333), imported (VND120,000 for Coopers Pale Ale) and dark beer (VND170,000 for Chimay Blue).

 

More Than Just Sandwiches

 

The first dish we try on our visit is the American breakfast (VND250,000) — a mix of omelette, bacon, ham and sausage. This combo is an ideal size for sharing as it comes with three different breads including a French-toasted baguette, croissant and a pain au chocolat.

 

By the time our smoothies — mango mixed with banana and passion fruit (VND75,000) and orange mixed with pomelo, strawberry and yogurt (VND75,000) are placed on the table, our second dish arrives. It’s a Paris-inspired bistro-style dish (VND120,000) with a French baguette, white ham, Emmental cheese and a jar of salad.

 

Our final dish is panini stuffed with Parma ham, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes (VND150,000). The sandwich looks simple but the taste is light and fresh.

 

Annam Café Gourmet is a great venue to stop by for a quick coffee or for those looking for tasty, European comfort food made with quality ingredients. 

 

Annam Café Gourmet is located at B2-11/12 Saigon Centre, 65 Le Loi, Q1, HCMC


Photos by Bao Zoan

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