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Restaurants & Bars

Saigon - one last dinner

Nyleve | Feb 6, 201505:23 AM

We arrived back in Saigon after a month of travel and just wanted a simple meal at the end of a long bus ride. We left the choice of restaurant to a friend who lives in Vietnam and was meeting up with us that evening. I'm not going to bother mentioning the name of the place he took us, but it was one of those dreadful places in the backpacker area, with loud music and boring, if not terrible, food. So I wasn't about to let him choose a place for our last meal before flying home. Instead we went to a restaurant called Cuc Gach Quan, which sounded interesting from the reviews I read. It's in District 1, but a fairly long taxi ride from where we were staying, down a dark side street. Turned out to be a great choice. The place is beautiful - rustic but very tastefully designed. The menu is extensive to the point of confusing, but with many items that we'd seen nowhere else. They serve dishes that are traditional but unusual, and we loved the food. For starters we had some kind of cold mustard-leaf rolls filled with beef and a morning glory salad which were both delicious. We had eaten a lot of morning glory during our travels, but never raw before. We also shared an eggplant dish, shrimp in coconut milk, pork ribs cooked in a clay pot and something else I can't remember. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a rush to leave - friends had to get to the airport - so were unable to try any desserts. Price was very reasonable - I think it worked out to about $12 per person, with cocktails to start, wine list is a bit expensive so we didn't bother with that. Highly recommended and worth the taxi fare to get there.

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