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For a city nestled within South-East Asia, Saigon has a lot of fantastic Italian food restaurants, and Pendolasco is no exception. The establishment has been serving up delicious pizza, pasta, and seafood to the city for almost 20 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. With a second location in District 2, delivery, and a gigantic menu, the Pendolasco team has you covered no matter what Italian food it is you’re craving.

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Tran Cam Thu visits a 50-year-old sweet shop that pays homage to the sugary snacks of Hanoi’s past. Photos by Boris Lopatin

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Can Vietnamese food reach the dizzy heights of haute cuisine? Our mystery diner finds out. Photos by Rodney Hughes

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BirdCage is probably one of the most unusual late-night spots in Hanoi. In order to get there you have to turn into a small dirt road off Au Co, and drive down a field. You’ll all of a sudden see the lights and hear the music. There is a curtain of vines that you walk through before entering the bar, that with its off-the-beaten-path location, really makes it feel like you’ve discovered a hidden gem.

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Even street food goes in and out of fashion. Words by Nick Ross. Photos by Siân Kavanagh

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Owner and executive chef Hoang Nguyen opened Cutisun just over three years ago. Since that time, it has expanded from a modest single-room diner to having five dining rooms spread across two restaurants opposite to each other. The name, incidentally, comes from Hoang’s childhood moniker — cu ti sun refers to a small boy whose teeth have gone black from too much candy.

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The name threw me; I must be honest My Chicken Run is not a name to inspire culinary confidence. Perhaps because I have mucked out actual chicken runs, I associate the name with, well, unappetizing things.

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