Many Vietnamese coffee drinkers are casual about what goes into their daily brew. But for one man from Dalat, it is unthinkable that consumers in the second-largest coffee exporting country in the world have to drink additive-filled coffee.

Cousins

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Now with a second restaurant, the well-established Tay Ho establishment Cousins is upping the dining scene away from the lake. Our mystery diner finds out what’s going on. Photos by Julie Vola

Ditch the meat and get some greenery inside you. Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo search out six dairy and meat-free salads that make a tasty meal

An interesting touch to the recently opened Spice Temple is that the whole ground floor is reserved for motorbike parking, which is rare in the golden area of Saigon. Just a few metres off Nguyen Hue walking street and set in a three-storey building, Spice Temple oozes modernity and elegance through the use of subtle lighting, high windows and wooden geometric wall decorations.

Recently opened, the swank, sophistication and cuisine of Twenty21One has gained itself some positive feedback. So what does our mystery diner think? Photos by Bao Zoan

If you fancy going for a beer and a game of billiards, on the far side of town, then head on down to Heyday Beer Club.

Xoi Xiu

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A Vietnamese staple, xoi or glutinous rice is eaten at any time of the day. One tasty version served up with meat can be found at Xoi Xiu. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Leah Rolando

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