“We want to bring more options to the customers, and more time to enjoy,” says Robert Conte, Hotel Manager at Le Méridien Saigon
He suggests starting this VND2.5 million adventure at the mezzanine floor Latest Recipe. The decor is predominantly white — walls, marble tables, and chairs. The cuisine is modern international. Executive chef Frederic Meynard presides over an international buffet complete with a seafood bar, chocolate corner, cold cuts and cheese section, grilling and carving stations, and a martini bar. Seafood comes from Vietnam and overseas, with the Canadian lobster being a favourite, specially cooked up with garlic and butter.
While enjoying the free flow of Taittinger champagne, customers can move on to the artisan pastry and wide variety of cheeses and cold cuts on offer.
If this sounds enough without trying the other restaurants, you can get a single ticket for VND1.7 million.
But if your tastes are more Asian, then the intimate yet contemporary setting of Bamboo Chic suggests itself. The cuisine is modern Chinese and innovative Japanese and head chef Lai Kuan Geo puts on a show as he prepares your teppanyaki. Dim sum is made to order — with options like black truffle, foie gras, crab and scallop, abalone sticky rice, and turnip cake. The restaurant also serves interesting desserts like durian pancake, cinnamon or matcha tarts, and black sesame ice cream mochi.
A range of noodle dishes and soups have been created with the dual aim of satisfying the appetite and offering health benefits, and an innovation you won’t forget is the saketini — a mix of sake and martini served in a bowl rather than a glass. Or you could try the Secret Handshake, the restaurant’s fruity signature cocktail.
If you limit your visit to the charms of the 9th-floor Bamboo Chic, your ticket will cost VND1.1 million
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Back down on the ground floor, Latitude 10 is ideally designed for just lounging around and enjoying a wide range of café-style food and drinks, or something a bit stronger. It has quite a futuristic feel to it with the modern tables and chairs. This is also a child-friendly lounge as it has a Kids’ Club with a playpen and other sources of entertainment for children from four to 12 years old. Among the spread of sweets, the chocolate fountain and make-your-own éclairs section are crowd-pleasing for both young and the young at heart. A single-entry to Latitude 10 costs VND750,000.
So, if you’re wondering where to take a gastronomic tour of the world in a single afternoon and satisfy the full range of culinary experiences, Le Méridien’s Sunday Discovery Brunch has you covered.
Le Méridien is at 3C Ton Duc Thang, Q1, HCMC. For more information and bookings, go to leMéridiensaigon.com or call (028) 6263 6688
Photos by Olga Rozenbajgier