Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | eating guide

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Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon

| 01 Jul 2015
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Le Bordeaux Restaurant, Saigon
72-D2 Street, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City
+(84) 838 999 831
Lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday

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Price guide: $$$$$ Around 50USD pp food only

Our rating
01 Jul 2015

Le Bordeaux is a Saigon survivor - 20 years of serving quality French cuisine in a formal European style space, around 15 minutes by taxi from downtown. Contact them and they'll sort out your taxi to the restaurant.

Note: The information provided in this review was correct at time of publishing but may change. For final clarification please check with the relevant service

Review

When Vietnam opened up to the world in the 1990’s, Phuc (pronounce the “u” as you would in “put”), a young French Vietnamese who had fled his homeland by boat in 1978, decided to come back for a look. Soon after, he made the decision to abandon his successful career as a chef in France, to open Le Bordeaux in Saigon. He hasn’t looked back.

Twenty years later, Phuc is still working the kitchen and greeting guests - in French and Vietnamese.

Despite its distance from the city, Le Bordeaux is a Saigon success story that seems unaffected by the city’s competitive restaurant scene. And lots of travellers make the journey to sample Phuc's fare.

Phuc has created a formal French dining experience in the teeming suburbs of Saigon. The contrast is striking as you arrive. Outside is this city’s unmistakable urban chaos. Once you step inside, you could be anywhere in Europe. And the pricing is up there with Europe as well.

The menu is concise with influences from across France. On my most recent visit, I ordered asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, light salad with foie gras to start. My main was country style duck confit, sautéed potatoes with garlic and parsley and for dessert I went with the Grand Marnier soufflé.

You’ll likely drop at least $50USD on food per person if you’re having 3 courses.

There’s a good selection of wines too, mainly from France.

If you want to see how an experienced French Vietnamese chef does French cuisine in his hometown, dress up a little and check out Le Bordeaux. The food’s delicious, the service is attentive and Phuc is a great host. The formality is a little odd in Saigon, but that just adds to the novelty.

Note: Le Bordeaux is a little out of town. You’ll need a taxi. Organise the taxi with your hotel to ensure no confusion. The restaurant will also organise a taxi on request and cover the charge for the arrival taxi. Contact them for more information.


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Rusty Compass reviews are always independent. We list the stuff we think you should know about. We’ve paid our way on many visits to Le Bordeaux. On our most recent visit, owner and chef Phuc provided a delicious complimentary lunch. Le Bordeaux was listed on Rusty Compass for four years before our first freebie. No inducement financial or otherwise was received to write this listing and review.

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