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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. One problem; the experience was quite similar to my dinner at Hoi An two nights before. Mandarine and Hoi An have the same owner. Even the Mandarine manager...
Restaurant Ho Chi Minh City

Hoi An: Special Meal at Substantial Saigon Restaurant

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...