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Saigon’s Fusion Restaurants: Try Something New and Taste the Old


In Ho Chi Minh City, the restaurant scene is growing to serve fusion cuisine with unrivaled creations and delicious inventions. These restaurants are mainly located in the city center, to serve tourists visiting from all over the world, including those tourists who are food-lovers seeking to experience new tastes from unparalleled dishes. Here are a few outstanding restaurants with extensive menus serving fusion cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Garlik Restaurant De Tham

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Located in the middle of the noisy city center, The Garlik Restaurant has captured the peace and romance of a small space paired with a remarkable cuisine. With a mission to serve Vietnamese dishes in a modern and creative style without forgetting Vietnam’s traditional values, The Garlik Restaurant De Tham is definitely any diner’s destination that encapsulates this dynamic city.

The Garlik Restaurant De Tham prides itself on having a rich menu with a lot of different flavors and variations, which is a unique take on the two cuisine cultures of Vietnam and France. Let me just mention a few stand-out dishes: Hoanh thanh gan ngong (wonton with goose liver), green avocado salad with shrimp eggs, grilled five-spice beef, grilled prawns with salt and chili, Barramundi sauteed with passion fruit sauce, and French roasted quail. Using high-quality raw materials selected from reputable suppliers, The Garlik Restaurant De Tham has very skillfully entered the restaurant market to convey fully the culinary essence of the three regions of Vietnam. Saigon customers should count themselves lucky. Not to mention, the chef of this restaurant is Chef Nguyen Thanh Tung – Iron Chef Vietnam 2012.

Its space is inspired by the European style, The Garlik Restaurant Restaurant De Tham welcomes you into a quiet, relaxing and romantic corner. The restaurant has two dining areas with two very different styles. You can choose a small, cozy room with warm tones, resonating with a soft golden light or a dining room with modern and liberal beauty with white paint and classic furniture. Each corner brings diners a distinct experience to compliment an incredible menu.

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Address: 216 De Tham street, Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1, HCMC
Contact: The Garlik Restaurant Restaurant
Price range: 300,000 – 500,000 VND 

The LOG Restaurant 

The LOG restaurant is like a cozy wooden house that combines the luxurious dark brown of wood and the rich green of a forest. Needless to say, the interior is peaceful with golden light and the gentle fragrance of Meranti wood. To many diners’ delight, there is also an outside area which is shaded by trees and filled with a slight wind.

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Each dish is a work of the chefs’ art based on their passion for food and creativity. Therefore, the entire culinary experience of this restaurant does not just stop at the taste, the food itself is presented in artful style. The fusion dishes are crafted from ingredients and typical processing styles of many countries. Enthusiastic chefs finish off the dish with meticulous attention to detail. 

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Inspired by the image of a wooden house, The LOG in Ho Chi Minh City is a place that you cannot ignore. Whether it is the delicious buffet or the diverse a la carte menu, this restaurant will win your taste buds and your heart.

Located in GEM Center – a modern architectural building for events, The LOG is a fresh respite because of its open space and green interior. This restaurant is separated from the noise and bustle of the city. You will be surrounded by jazz music and the sounds of your beloved friends.

Address: GEM center, rooftop, 8 Nguyen Binh Khiem street, Da Kao district, HCMC
Contact: The LOG
Price range: 1,000,000 – 2,000,000 VND

Xi Xup Saigon

Located in the heart of the crowded city, Xi Xup is yet another peaceful (do I sense a pattern?) and warm little corner where diners can hide away and enjoy unique dishes. This restaurant is only open in the evening, which nicely parallels the black and gold decor. 

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The owner of the restaurant is a designer, so it’s harmonious in its attention to detail; you can expect high class from the spoons and plates too. Now this place is a little different from the others. The dishes served at Xi Xup have very strange names, strange preparation methods, and also strange food presentation. When I say strange, I really mean unique. All the dishes here are invented by the inspirational chefs. You can’t find Xi Xup’s dishes elsewhere, for example, pumpkin flower stuffed with goat cheese over a shell sauce, rainbow LGBT noodles with beef soup, and vegetarian Laksa curry to name a few. In addition, the restaurant also created many very unique drinks. The price here is also relatively lower compared to the other fusion restaurants on this list. So maybe there is a little room to have a cocktail or two?

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Address: 1st Floor, 31B Thu Khoa Huan street, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, HCMC
Contact: Xi Xup Noodle & Tapas
Price range: from 70,000 – 150,000 VND per dish.

Saigon Fusion – Kitchen & Bar

Famous for its European-style steaks, Saigon Fusion – Kitchen & Bar brings diners special culinary variations. You can choose between three types of beef: Australian beef, American beef, and beef from a black cow. The real secret is in the sauce. The sauces are prepared following the monopolistic recipe: five variations of pepper sauce, red wine sauce, mushroom sauce, and blue cheese sauce.

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Along with impressive European flavors, the restaurant also serves diners Vietnamese dishes that cover the best dishes from all three regions of the country. You can count on its nutritious bowl of pho (beef noodle soup), stewed cobia in sauce, broken rice plate with chicken cooked with ginger sauce, and rolled egg or fried sweet and sour pork. All these flavors will give you a delicious traditional meal.

Contributing to that success, professional chef are indispensable. These food artists have been constantly exploring and creating new combinations of materials that yet, are just a little bit familiar. All these dishes are balanced in taste and sharpness, between the cultures of Asia and Europe.

Address: 81 Nguyen Thai Binh street, Nguyen Thai Binh ward, District 1, HCMC
Contact: Saigon Fusion – Kitchen & Bar
Price range: 350,000 – 500,000 VND 

Bloom Saigon Restaurant

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This restaurant is definitely special. This is because while it does serve delicious food, its mission brings warmth to diners. Bloom stands for “Because Love Overcomes One’s Misfortune” and Bloom does just this by helping disadvantaged children. 100% of the profits of the restaurant will be used in projects to help disadvantaged children such as scholarship programs, and school and bridge construction programs in the central and southwestern Vietnam provinces.

You can expect a European style: luxurious, noble, and classic. You will be immersed in a quiet space, away from the noise of life to enjoy delicious food with the softness of melodious music. The lighting system is designed very carefully, making for an elegant space. As night falls, the bright yellow lights shine through modern windows.

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Bloom Saigon Restaurant specializes in Vietnamese cuisine and some Asian fusion dishes  which are made of qualified fresh ingredients. This restaurant is also committed to not using MSG or preservatives. The food here is selected from the unique recipes of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. 

Address: 3/5 Hoang Sa street, Da Kao ward, District 1, HCMC
Contact: Bloom Saigon Restaurant
Price range: 150,000 – 250,000 VND 

The Other Place Restaurant & Cafe 

This restaurant is located in the old market on Ton That Dam street, District 1. The theme color of the shop is cute pink. Although the space here is quite small, there is a view to the old market outside. This is a new restaurant and its menu is quite small but every dish is of very high-quality. Most of the food is inspired by the European-Japanese culinary scene, so if you’re looking for something new in this big city – you’ve found it!

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The menu is written in English and is explained in detail, including how to prepare the dish. The owner is very friendly and enthusiastic; if you don’t know what you want to eat, she’ll introduce you to some of the restaurant’s special dishes. All the food in the restaurant is home-made, even the bread. Everything from the yeast to the baking process is done on site.

Just to give you a taste of what’s to come, here are a few dishes: Fish Soppa (non-bone fish with awesome sauce), Tonkostu Carbonara (home-made noodles with pork and fish eggs), Beef Sukiyaki (beef cooked with egg and ketchup), and Katsu burger (fried pork with mushroom, cabbage pickled, and ginger sauce). In addition, The Other Place also serves unrivaled desserts such as Hot and Fluffy (soufflé pancake) and salted egg ice-scream.

Address: 93 Ton That Dam street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, HCMC
Contact: The Other Place Restaurant & Cafe 
Price range: 120,000 – 180,000 VND

I hope this article gives you some names of delicious places to come for dinner. Change up your culinary adventure here in Vietnam! 

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