Mekong Merchant, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Mekong Merchant, Saigon

| 02 Jul 2019

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Mekong Merchant, Saigon
23 Thao Dien St, An Phu, District 2, Saigon

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Price guide: $$$$

02 Jul 2019

Probably the oldest surviving expat cafe in Saigon’s D2 - Mekong Merchant predates the current cafe boom by at least a decade - and remains a good choice for quality cafe fare and a casual, cool vibe.

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Mekong Merchant was more than a decade ahead of the cafe and restaurant boom that is now sweeping Saigon’s District 2. It’s the archetypal expat hangout and it may well be more popular than ever - despite the competition.

After more than a decade, Mekong Merchant is part of the D2 landscape and the food and vibe are holding up well against the competition. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch is a mix of pastas, salads, pizzas and burgers - classic cafe fare. At night the mood switches and a menu of tapas with a handful of other mains is served.

Mekong Merchant, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Mekong Merchant, Saigon

 

Australian chef Jay Taylor runs the show and has given the place a timely lift. The dining area is set back off the street and has a relaxed, vintage vibe with lots of stone and timber.

Mekong Merchant was an early project of lawyer Anna Craven and her partner Lawson Johnston. They also own The Deck, a popular upscale eatery on the river, also in District 2 just over 1km away.

District 2 is 15 - 20 minutes from downtown Saigon by taxi -depending on traffic. It’s the longstanding main expat area of Saigon.

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