Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks - review by Rusty Compass
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Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks

| 10 Jul 2018
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Recent restaurant and cafe openings in Saigon - our picks
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10 Jul 2018

Here are our picks of Saigon's best new restaurants. This has long been a great city for foodies. And it keeps getting better. And the offerings are as diverse as they are delicious - from new takes on old-school dishes to old school dishes in fresh digs, to cool international eateries.  Our listings are always handpicked and independent. Read on!

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Quince Saigon

It’s rare that a new restaurant wins near unanimous acclaim from Saigon’s international dining community - expat and local. From my straw polling though, Quince is getting an unusually warm welcome. The fare from the wood-fired open kitchen is getting big ticks. They’ve also nailed decor and service. The place has a great feel.

Quince is already one of the most polished restaurant experiences in the city. 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.

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

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, or 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.  

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.

Address: 37bis Ky Con, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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


Al Sham Middle Eastern Restaurant

There can be something reassuring about a busy restaurant that still has its Christmas decorations up in late May. It probably means the punters are coming for something other than cutting edge decor. And so it is at Al Sham, a simple eatery on the fringe of Saigon’s backpacker district that's churning out some of the city’s best Middle Eastern cuisine. 

I enjoyed my first visit so much I was back again a week later. And I’ll be back again soon. It looks like others feel the same about this place.

I grew up in Auburn in Sydney’s western suburbs - a centre of Middle Eastern cuisine. I’ve never quite found the Middle Eastern flavours I was looking for in Saigon - until now. And I was a bit slow to finally make it to Al Sham. It’s been receiving great reviews for a couple of years

The owner Badeh is friendly and hands-on. And he seems to gather groups from Saigon’s Arab community each night  - making sure the cuisine stays true to its roots.

Address: 300 Võ Văn Kiệt, Phường Cô Giang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. (Near the corner of De Tham in the backpacker district).

Photo: Mark Bowyer Al Sham Restaurant,Saigon
Al Sham Restaurant,Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Al Sham Restaurant,Saigon
Badeh from Al Sham, Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Badeh from Al Sham, Saigon


Rusty Compass listings are always handpicked. We recommend the places we think you should know about - that’s it. We paid our way at all the venues listed here  - except Vietnam House (see above) and no money changed hands for these listings. We photograph the places as we find them without lighting, production, setups or the involvement of the venue. The intention is to capture the places as they are.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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