Britain’s prime contribution to world cuisine, deep-fried fish in batter (usually haddock or cod) accompanied by chunky fried potato chips has had a home in Ho Chi Minh City since in the form of JJ’s Fish and Chips since 2013. Starting out as a street stall in Bui Vien, JJ’s now has its first “chippie” restaurant in the city.
Stacked above Maison Marou Chocolate, Café-Restaurant occupies a sought-after location in a French colonial building on Calmette. With a spectacular view over Ben Thanh Market and the northwestern part of District 1, the building has been carefully restored and preserved. It’s a combination of old architecture and contemporary décor, with traditional tiles interleaved with a modern resin floor, oak furniture with blue cushions, large windows and classic hanging lamps.
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Ke Quan fills a niche in Tay Ho, where street food abounds, but quality, affordable Vietnamese fare with style is missing. A joint project between Cesar Aubry of Le Soleil, Bui Thi Dong Thanh, or Te, of Ray Quan, and designer Ha Huu Tam, the place is as diverse as its ownership.
A new restaurant in a newly rebranded five-star hotel, which according to our mystery diner is already singing a pretty tune. Photos by Julie Vola
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Located in Long Bien District, less than 10 minutes’ drive from Hoan Kiem, La Bodega is open from Friday to Sunday evening. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza, salad and handmade fresh pasta in a green, peaceful garden.
The recently opened Bep1919 is a new oasis of Vietnamese food and culture in Hoi An. Set in the heart of the iconic walking streets of the old town, this charming restaurant is the ideal place to soak up the past of Vietnam.
Bancong Deli serves healthy comfort food from around the world. Brunch is served all day long, with a full English breakfast (VND130,000), sausage rolls (VND50,000), and pies (VND95,000). ‘TV Dinners’ are available to eat-in or takeaway on those nights when you just can’t cook: choose a main, like chicken cordon bleu or eggplant parmigiana, and two sides for VND160,000.