Mad House restaurant, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Mad House restaurant, Saigon

| 02 Sep 2015
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Mad House restaurant, Saigon
6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 3519 4009
Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Price guide: $$$

Our rating
02 Sep 2015

Clean Nordic flavours and a serene garden setting make Mad House another reason for adding Saigon’s District 2 to your culinary plans.

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Camilla and Casper, the Danish couple behind Mad House, may be some of the best credentialed young restauranteurs in Saigon. Both cut their teeth in known Danish kitchens before doing a few years working at Saigon’s Chill rooftop restaurant.

They’re now proud exponents of a Saigon adaptation of the New Nordic cuisine. Casper runs the kitchen and Camilla takes care of the restaurant floor.

Mad House successfully mixes both cafe and restaurant styles. The feel is relaxed and the space nicely done. There are salads, sandwiches and a concise but tasty mix of mains. Everything we tried over several visits, was fresh and lovingly prepared - and well priced too. You could come here for a leisurely breakfast or lunch, or a more dressed up dinner.

The mains include chicken thigh, spicy tomato sauce, couscous, cucumber and tomato relish, or braised wagyu beef shank and pearl barley risotto and beets. And there are are couple of pasta options too. Camilla named the beef tatar as her favourite. The menu is regularly refreshed - these should give you a sense of what’s on offer.

The food’s topped off with an extensive wine list as well as cocktails, juices and other liquid goodies.

Mad House is located in a garden villa in Saigon’s expat area. It’s a little hidden away but the villa and its spacious garden with indoor and outdoor dining are big pluses.

And in case you’re wondering, “mad” means food in Danish.

Travel tips
District 2 is Saigon’s expat enclave and is around 15 minutes by taxi from downtown Saigon across the river. It’s becoming an increasingly important culinary centre - especially for international food. Better if you have maps on your phone as it’s down a small lane. Mad House has a kids room and a garden area that’s also good for kids needing to let off some steam.

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