The Deck, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | eating guide

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The Deck, Saigon

| 10 May 2016
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The Deck, Saigon
38 Nguyen U Di, Dist. 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Price guide: Approx US$25 - US$50 pp food only

10 May 2016

A perfect riverside escape from the intensity of downtown Saigon for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Late afternoon cocktails as the sun goes down are a delight. The Deck is one of Saigon's most successful restaurants - big crowds converge on weekends.

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Saigon’s District 2 may be 15 to 20 minutes from downtown, but The Deck is one of several venues in this expat enclave, that’s well worth the cab ride.

It’s the city’s best riverside meal and a perfect contrast to the dusty cacophany of life back in the centre of town.

This little serene stretch of the Saigon River, with the rising city in the distance, is a treat. The scene is almost rural, broken up by passing barges. The sunsets are a delight. You can easily settle in here for a while.

Casual dress is fine, but you won’t be out of place if you dress up a touch as well.

The Deck describes its menu as “pan-Asian” - there’s a broad selection - including small plates, salads and vegetarian options. The food’s good - but it feels like the price premium is more about the setting than the culinary effort.
Pop out in the late afternoon for happy hour cocktails at sunset, and if you’re settled, stay around for dinner. Otherwise you can check out one of the other very good options in the District 2 area.

Staff are friendly and professional.

The Deck is very popular - especially on weekends - and recently doubled in size, devouring another handsome slice of riverfront.  Recommended.

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