Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

Temple Club: High End but Approachable in Ho Chi Minh City

In a city of excellent high-end restaurants, I had my best Ho Chi Minh City meal at Temple Club. The beautiful restaurant is located on the second floor of a yellow building, above the...
Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

Mandarine: Experiencing Déjà Vu at Grand Saigon Restaurant

The food was excellent at Mandarine in Ho Chi Minh City. One problem; the experience was quite similar to my dinner at Hoi An two nights before. Mandarine and Hoi An have the same...
Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

Hoi An: Special Meal at Substantial Saigon Restaurant [CLOSED]

Décor, presentation and flavor all converged to make this a special meal. I was led upstairs to a lovely room with dark, carved wood, substantial chairs and tables and instruments mounted on the walls....
Ice Cream Ha Noi

Kem Trang Tien: Keeping Coo Near Ha Noi’s Hoan Mien Lake

At about 10 p.m., Vietnamese teens were spilling out of the Kem Trang Tien ice cream parlor a block from Ha Noi’s heart, Hoan Mien Lake. Parked motorbikes were stacked just inside the front...
Restaurant Ha Noi

Quay Thuc Pham Cong Nghe: Banh Cuon + Kiddie Chairs

In the general sense, the walls were yellow, but they were so chipped and discolored, I couldn’t be certain. Makeshift shelves were lined with bottles of hot soda and water. It was 90 degrees...
Restaurant Ha Noi

Bun Cha Hang Manh: Bubbling Woks and Pork Patties

When I arrived at Bun Cha Hang Manh at 8:45 AM, a woman was using metal tongs to pluck cha gio from three bubbling woks and place them on trays. Easily over 500 cha...