Scott and Binh’s is one of those restaurants that people travel to for the food. Set in the Bizu Boutique Hotel’s Phu My Hung location (15-17 Cao Trieu Phat, Q7), the 20-minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City’s centre is well worth it for American comfort food they specialise in, especially if you need to take a breather from Asian cuisine.
With the never-ending construction on Nguyen Hue, Bitexco-area lunchers are being forced to find options away from business lunch hotspot Dong Khoi. And with this new state of affairs, the lunch game south of Nguyen Hue is improving.
Well-known and equally well-loved Algerian restaurant Bahdja has upped roots and moved from District 1 to District 3.
If location is the key to a restaurant’s success, then on first sight, MAD House, the latest addition to the District 2 drinking and dining scene, could be either a winner or a disaster.
From the sixth-floor restaurant balcony of Cau Go Vietnamese Cuisine you can neither hear the stabbing horn section and bub-a-bub beat of a million rumbling motorbikes, nor the roosters playing their wailing call-and-response with the cats in heat.
Is it a shift in the global axis of power? Probably not. But the opening of the Moose & Roo Smokehouse in the American Club, an American Embassy-run piece of land in downtown Hanoi, has certainly arched a few eyebrows. Run by a Canadian, a Scot and an Australian, is this a departure from the Americanism of the club? The answer is no.
The GEM Center opened in late November at the northern end of District 1, and in the month-and-change it’s been around it’s blown us away.
Cyprien Pierlovisi loves his food. He was toiling away in French kitchens from the age of 15, before he moved to a London pub and worked behind the bar. This was followed by stints opening successful restaurants and wine bars across Europe.
The dining in the dark concept has hit Saigon hard recently, with two new theme restaurants opening since September (Blackout is the other, at 74/7D Hai Ba Trung, Q1, HCMC, sharing space with La Camargue).