Show me a man who hasn’t waxed lyrical about a pattie of meat and two bits of bun in his hand, and I’ll show you a man who hasn’t lived. A good burger is simply good food, so it’s no surprise that it’s been on the surge here for a while in food-loving Vietnam. Yet, far from being sated, in Ho Chi Minh City the public’s hunger for a high quality and still affordable burger option has remained. Enter Relish & Sons.
With our mystery diner taking a well-needed summer hiatus, this month we send Noey Neumark to Hanoi’s latest purveyor of the mighty pizza, Papa Roma. Photos by Julie Vola
One of Tay Ho’s most popular venues gets the nod from our undercover reviewer. Photos by Trung Del
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164 Cong Quynh, Q1, Tel: (08) 3837 3248
The service is often slow, and the staff are often surprisingly lazy, yet the food here is so good and so unique to this city, that no-one seems to mind. The perfect place to feast out on gyros and all things off a skewer. Cheap, too.
80 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Tel: (04) 3926 0580
5.30am to 10.30pm
Perhaps the only restaurant in Hanoi to cater to vegetarians that doesn’t focus on faux meat. Features a wide range of juices and shakes in a crunchy granola backpacker atmosphere. Has Asian favourites like vegetarian pho, Ma-Po tofu and Thai glass noodle salad, along with some falafel and western influences. Vegetarians and carnivores alike will find something to try on this menu.
The Moose & Roo Smokehouse will host The Great Aussie BBQ on Saturday, Apr.25.
51 Hai Ba Trung, Q1, Tel: (08) 3824 8358
Sporting food from around the Mediterranean rim, this compact and cozy eatery with pots hung from the ceiling is a popular choice with expats and tourists alike. Reservations advised.
A vegetarian restaurant that avoids the temptation to serve up faux meat? Our mystery diner gives Aummee the onceover, and returns for more. Photos by Julie Vola
Fans of Dim Sum have a new location to call home, and it includes a view of the Saigon harbour. Serving a blend of authentic Hong Kong and Shanghai-style delicacies, this addition to the local restaurant scene might have you reaching for your Jackie Chan tapes.