We are presently on our fourth trip to Vietnam and we just enjoyed our third visit to this wonderful restaurant.
The seafood here is the best we have found in our visits to date and we already look forward to coming back for another treat next year.
The menu is extensive and choosing what to eat is the toughest part of the evening. We would recommend all the choices we made. We started with the egg rolls which are like very crispy spring rolls, absolutely delicious. We followed up with tasty “Rocket Rolls” stuffed with pork, mushrooms, glass noodle, accompanied with salad & baby tomatoes. Next we shared Sautéed Scallops, 7 fresh scallops still attached to their shells with a variety of tiny flavoured additions, the flavour was amazing. Crispy deep fried squid was our next treat. The squid was fresh and cooked just as it should be ie "crispy”. We had these dishes with the probably the best seafood fried rice we have had (ever) and all were finished off with a complimentary plateful of fresh pineapple slices. For drinks we had a bottle of Heinekin and a bottle of Chardonnay.
One or two other reviewers commented this place is not cheap. Our bill for all of the above was US$41. Including a tip of around D150K our total cost was less than US $50.
One reviewer commented this place lacks atmosphere (?). Sure it is a big restaurant which covers 3 levels, but if you would like a superb setting in a romantic environment, then ring early and request a table under a tree in the garden. Such a setting rates highly for special occasions.
The staff were efficient and almost running to keep up with the orders but doing a superb job of keeping up the service. One strange custom we observed was the waitresses dropping huge iceblocks into the beer glasses of all the locals. Odd to Australians but it’s the way the locals like it.
We visited on Thursday night and the place was almost full. Interestingly, 90% of the customers were Vietnamese, very different from the touristy restaurants we have visited around District 1. From our riverside hotel it was about 10 minutes by taxi. 60,000 Dong on the meter and with a 40% tip it still costs less than US $5 to get there.
There is so much to choose from on the menu here and each visit we promise ourselves next time we will try the Frogs Legs, the Eel, or even the Chicken Feet but when the time comes it’s hard to resist the tasty items I’ve mentioned, and we know from experience they do some fabulous crab and fish dishes!
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