When hitting the buffet, I have a method. A light plate at first; some sushi, some charcuterie, maybe some oysters. Some coffee somewhere in there. No Bloody Mary yet.

It’s clever, but it’s not foolproof. The occasional ‘Champagne on the Lawn’ picnic brunch — with some super-tempting plump sausages sitting next to the grill — can complicate things.


Last month’s blankets-on-the-lawn brunch blowout was the latest buffet innovation on InterCon’s 2015 slate. The month before it was a VND2.75 million++ super brunch — eight hours, three “culinary zones”, 15 live stations. They’re shaking things up a bit on the hotel brunch front, and it seems to be working.



But it’s reaping havoc on my brunch technique. So on days like the picnic brunch, I just say to hell with it, grab as many bacon-wrapped things as I can, and make the most of it.


— Ed Weinberg


The InterContinental Asiana Saigon is on the corner of Le Duan and Hai Ba Trung, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City. Market 39 has the regular buffet — breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, with brunch happening on the weekends. Visit intercontinental.com/saigon for more specifics

Ed Weinberg

Ed Weinberg is a writer with passing interest in psychedelic realism, indie comics, jaunty coming-of-age tales and those crazy Russian writers. After graduating from McGill University in 2004, he's worked in magazine editing, freelance writing and odd jobs. He is currently living in Ho Chi Minh City and working on a longer thing about two months spent looking for the largest, oldest (fake) pyramid in the world in small-town Bosnia. Follow his whimsicalities at @presidentninja

Website: worldeddy.tumblr.com

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