Quince Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Quince Saigon

| 27 Apr 2019
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Quince Saigon
37bis Ky Con, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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Price guide: $$$$

27 Apr 2019

Quince landed in Saigon to great acclaim in 2017 and continues to please the city's fickle foodie folk. The fare from the wood-fired open kitchen is getting big ticks. They’ve also nailed decor and service. The place has a feel of casual cool. Quince is located slightly away from the main dining scene downtown in a colonial-era space.

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Within a couple of years of opening, Quince is already one of Saigon's most polished restaurant experiences. It's a welcoming, casual polish. Nothing stuffy. And it’s quite a way back from the city’s most expensive eats. Expect to pay more than $50 - $70US per person for 2 - 3 courses and wine (depending on your taste in wine of course).

Sit at the bar and watch your meal unfold in the open kitchen.

Quince Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Quince Saigon
 
Julien's in charge of the open kitchen - Quince Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Julien's in charge of the open kitchen - Quince Saigon
 
Quince Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Quince Saigon

 

I like the fact that they show as much interest in doing clever things with their salads and vegetables as the meaty stuff.

The menu’s concise - a single page - and main courses range in price from around 20US to 40US. Highlights include Iberica Pork Secreto with sage chimichurri and rhubarb compote, and Omaha Prime Sirloin with mustard and salad.

Quince is the offspring of a popular Bangkok eatery of the same name. The owners, a group of youthful restaurant and finance veterans, have taken over one of the city’s best spaces - a colonial era building that's located slightly away from the city's popular dining areas. The space has seen a number of restaurant and bar failures over the years. These guys seem to have broken the curse.

Apart from a cool fitout, Quince has managed to get the acoustics right. Even when it’s busy, you’ll be able to hear the people around you.

About 5 minutes by cab from the centre of Saigon, Quince is located in an atmospheric old neighbourhood that may well become a new dining hub in the city.

 

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