Mystery Diner

Mystery Diner

The Mystery Diner is a person hailing from a country that may or may not be Vietnam. S/he can be seen frequently in the restaurants and cafes of Hanoi and HCMC, searching for the most delicious meals each city has to offer. Look for the masked figure in a cape, lurking in the darkest corners of your neighbourhood com tam or pho joint.

Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:34

La Badiane

Our masked gourmand ventures into one Vietnam’s consensus best spots to see what’s up. Photos by Trung Del

Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:19

PéPé La Poule

Fusion cuisine? It’s a designation that has many a chef running for the hills. But as our mystery diner can attest, at Pepe La Poule it is the name of the culinary game. Photos by Julie Vola

Monday, 16 February 2015 19:15

Au Lac Do Brazil

When Au Lac Do first opened, they saw a gap in the barbecued meat market. Our undercover reporter checks them out to see if eight years later, they’re still hitting the spot. Photos by Julie Vola

Monday, 02 February 2015 18:58


Location is not everything, but sometimes, food is. Our undercover food reviewer heads to the recently refurbished yet slightly out-of-the-way Vesper Gourmet Lounge, and discovers a restaurant working at its very best. Photos by Glen Riley

Sunday, 11 January 2015 18:13

Halia Hanoi

The Singaporean-inspired Halia is one of the few top-end restaurants on Xuan Dieu. But with so much local competition, how is it matching up? Photos by David Harris

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