Upstairs at Relish & Sons. Photo by Kyle Phanroy

Show me a man who hasn’t waxed lyrical about a pattie of meat and two bits of bun in his hand, and I’ll show you a man who hasn’t lived. A good burger is simply good food, so it’s no surprise that it’s been on the surge here for a while in food-loving Vietnam. Yet, far from being sated, in Ho Chi Minh City the public’s hunger for a high quality and still affordable burger option has remained. Enter Relish & Sons.


100% Aussie


Situated in the hustle of the CBD, this modern eatery would fit in on any high street I know — though most likely in Melbourne or Sydney, given its owners heritage. With four Australians behind the six-month-old Dong Du burger joint, I asked them why they started it.


“We literally walked up and down the road,” said one, “round Hai Ba Trung and down Nguyen Hue. We just couldn’t find a decent burger place. That’s where the original idea came from.”


Together the four of them are responsible for the 100 percent Australian beef burgers, cheesy fries, breakfast quesadillas and strawberry cheesecake shakes you can also find on the menu. It isn’t always all about the burger.

Relish & Sons is the first gourmet burger restaurant in Saigon. Photo by Kyle Phanroy 

Oh Yes It Is...


However, with names like ‘The Classic’, ‘The New Porker’, ‘Lamb Baagaa’ and ‘Mother Hen’, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to the ultimate burger experience. And what an experience it is. When we visited I got involved in a ‘New Porker’ (VND150,000). This burger (served with the crispiest fries of course) rewarded me with that melt-in-your-mouth meat experience, side-armed with BBQ onions, apple slaw and just enough chilli to keep things interesting. On top of this, and this goes for all of their burgers, there’s an in-house relish made from scratch (oh I get it). These invariably have you biting in for more because you’ll want to know where that delicious bit of flavour is coming from.


After the New Porker, we weren’t allowed to visit without trying ‘The Classic’ (VND160,000). This burger plays it a tad straighter, letting the 100 percent Aussie beef do more of the talking, next to the all important melted cheddar cheese, mustard, gherkin and a signature relish, all on their locally baked buns. This burger is a worthy contender.


Also available for smaller appetites are sliders, (that’s a mini burger for first timers), sandwiches, and I personally recommend the Forager Salad (VND80,000) for the between times. Of course, what burger joint would be complete without an all-day combo deal (VND190,000), which gets you any burger with chips or onion rings plus a soft drink or Platinum Pale Ale Draught.


Relish & Sons? I’m yours.


Relish & Sons is at 44 Dong Du, Q1, HCMC

Relish's cheesy fries are to die for. Photo by Kyle Phanroy

More than just burgers... Photo by Kyle Phanroy

On of the beauties of Relish & Sons is the freshness of its interior. Photo by Kyle Phanroy

Jon Aspin

Over the last 10 years, staff editor Jon Aspin has been producing ‘sparkling’ copy for everyone from mega rich beer companies and consumer electronics giants to local caravan dealers and Swedish Phd students. Born in the North East of England but raised in Australia, Jon has now worked on three continents, and remains curious about the others. Arriving in Vietnam 'on sabbatical' sometime during 2013, Jon soon got appointed ‘captain’ on a movie about a war and has tried not to look back since.


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