Simon Stanley

Simon Stanley

Born in the middle of nowhere in the middle of England, Simon spent the first decade of adulthood living in a neon-lit London office before hauling on a rucksack and travelling around the world with his partner. After a year on the road, and another grey British winter on the cards, he returned to Vietnam to swap suits and ties for pho and flip-flops. Simon is now a freelance writer based in Ho Chi Minh City.


Friday, 24 April 2015 23:32

Acacia Veranda Dining

The craziness of a Saturday night in District 1 is just a murmur eight floors below, as we take our seats in Acacia’s recently remodelled indoor/outdoor dining area. Gentle pockets of light illuminate cosy nooks of rattan and bamboo. Cool grey hues contrast with tropical greenery. I’m picking up a contemporary Malibu-beachside vibe. It is intimate yet casual; formal, but without the formalities.

Monday, 13 April 2015 18:33

The Best Banh Mi in Saigon

Simon Stanley eats his way through the city’s top banh mi joints... and chooses the best. Let the crumbs fall where they may. Photos by Francis Xavier

Thursday, 05 March 2015 18:35

Com Ga Xoi Mo

Fried chicken with rice. Photo by Glen Riley

This month, Simon Stanley samples Saigon’s take on a classic — fried chicken and rice. Photos by Glen Riley

Monday, 16 February 2015 19:26

Street Sushi

With sushi stalls popping up all over town, Simon Stanley heads to Saigon’s seafood hub in search of the original kerbside Japanese experience. Photos by Glen Riley

Thursday, 12 February 2015 19:23

Propaganda Vietnamese Bistro

Imagine a slice of Vietnam lifted out of its tiny plastic chair and taken around the world. It picks up a taste for wine and some culinary finesse in Paris, it scours the vintage vinyl stores of Brixton, Kingston and Harlem for its tunes, and kicks back over brunch in a trendy Brooklyn diner. This is how I imagine Propaganda was born.

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