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“Consistently Good”
Review of Mekong Merchant

Mekong Merchant
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Ranked #264 of 4,981 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Good location with easy access from street, lovely open and covered setting in the courtyard, children's playroom, one air-conditioned area, professional and attentive staff, kitchen that opens onto the courtyard, good and quick service, good choice of drinks and cocktail specials, excellent prices, good quality locally sourced homemade food.
Reviewed March 9, 2019

I have eaten in Mekong Merchant endless times due to the pretty courtyard, viby atmosphere, wonderful friendly and helpful staff and because of its consistently good food. Breakfasts are particularly good - well cooked bacon as requested, eggs nicely sealed on top so that they are still soft and runny and without that slimy texture often associated with sunny side up fried eggs, golden brown sausage well cooked all over as specially asked for, and super tasty, and soft hot fried tomato. I usually skip the mushrooms as I only enjoy button mushrooms but the chef normally adds a little extra bacon or something else as I am not having the mushrooms. The breakfast is served with a very generous basket of mixed bread, including a croissant, and hot delicious coffee and juice. I would say that there is only a token pat of butter and I always have to ask for one or two extra pieces but this is a general feature of most restaurants. As far as other meals are concerned, the pizza is pleasant enough and the chef will cook any variation you might ask for, for example Hawaiian pizza is not on the menu but the chef will happily add ham and pineapple to a Margarita pizza and the staff are wonderfully accommodating. I also particularly enjoy the lentil soup and goats cheese salad, which has wonderful greens and delicious beetroot with it in a very tasty salad dressing. I have just returned to Ho Chi Minh City after 4 years away and very disappointed to find that Mekong Merchant's fantastic Eton Mess is no longer on the menu but nearly all of the other old favourites are still there, including their can't be beaten mince pies at Christmas time! Due to the tasty food and wonderful staff and manager Juan, eating out at Mekong Merchant is an ongoing pleasure.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Thank Leean W
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Jay T, General Manager at Mekong Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2019

Thank you Leean for all your lovely comments and definitely some insiders knowledge on customer favourites and popular items. Great to hear you love our breakfasts and the food offering here at MM. We put a lot of love into everything we do and it is a massive passion for us.
Also great to hear your lovely comments about our service team, we are very lucky to have an amazing team which we refer to ourselves as "the family".
On a side note as you may have heard the Christmas Puddings are made to the same recipe as was served to the Queen and are aged for nearly one year to bring out all the lovely flavours.
Ive taken your notes on the Eton Mess, have you tried our Mekong Mess though? Similar style and keep your eyes out we often try lots of new things through our weekly specials.
Thank you again for leaving a lovely review which I have printed and put on our HR board for all to see.
See you soon at MM :)

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Reviewed February 22, 2019

The food options are pricey but a good place to hangout with families and friends.the portion size of the food is small so make sure to order more before..the food is good and fresh..I love the drinks menu..so far a nice restaurant

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank nidz26
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Jay T, General Manager at Mekong Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2019

Thank you nidz26 for taking the time to review Mekong Merchant.
Glad you enjoyed hanging with family and friends here. Something we enjoy also under the big trees.
We put a lot of love into everything we do here and glad to hear you had a great experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
The MM Team,

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Reviewed February 17, 2019

We live in HCMC. This is our weekly breakfast spot and sometimes lunch and dinner too. Love their egg bacon muffin and muesli. We've only had good experience here. They've also got a very good selection of wine and some of the cheapest. Environment at night is really lovely with the fairy lights. Price is also very reasonable. No matter how busy they are, they are always quick to take orders and serve. Very good service.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Thank drseethaking
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Jay T, General Manager at Mekong Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2019

Thank you drseethaking.
We are very happy to hear you love dining with us here. Good to hear you have experienced all times of the day and I love it at night time also. Very relaxed and does not feel like we are in the middle of a busy city.
I will pass your lovely comments onto the team as they always love to hear great feedback for all their hard work.
Hope to see you soon
The MM Team

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Reviewed January 26, 2019

Osso Bucco is Osso Bucco and not noodles with slices of meat as last Saturday. It seems that some changes in the management and kitchen affect the quality of service and food. The manager left the quite full restaurant at 2000h; we are not sure however whether he was the manager as no introduction or welcome was received. Food is without taste, e.g. no salt in the mashed potatoes. The service in general is friendly though not very professional (lack of training). it used to be (15years ago) an outstanding place with professional management and service.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Thank HansStoessel
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Jay T, General Manager at Mekong Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review HansStoessel,
We are sorry to hear some of your expectations were not met during your recent visit. The Osso Bucco was on the specials and was Osso Bucco Papadelle Pasta. Sorry if there was some confusion and it was not as you expected.
To answer you question on staffing there has not been any changes in kitchen or floor in terms of both staff and management in fact a lot of our team have been with us since we opened 14 years ago.
Im sorry if we didn't meet your expectations on this visit and I'm sure if you would like to try us again we will exceed those expectations.
The MM team,

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Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

A really nice place with a really nice food. Servers are sympathetic. Perfect atmosphere and decor in a pleasant French neighborhood

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank chris4810
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Jay T, General Manager at Mekong Merchant, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2018

Thank you for the review Chris, Great to hear you enjoyed our food and service. Thanks for enjoying the atmosphere and decor also. Let us know what we need to do to get that 5th star :)
Hope to serve you again soon.
The MM team,

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