Monday, October 10, 2011

Hoa Tuc Restaurant - A Winner

After more than three months of various dining experiences in Saigon, I picked my favorite. Hoa Tuc was our dining choice on my birthday and we loved it.

Hoa Tuc Specials (c) Domitille Parent. source: Flickr.
It is tucked away on an alley off Hai Ba Trung Street, in what used to be Saigon's opium refinery. There are four other chi-chi restaurants on the same alley, among which Vasco's and Annz. It has a pretty outdoor garden setting, with very comfy chairs and couches, as well as a charming French period inside.
(c) Hoa Tuc Restaurant

(c) Hoa Tuc Restaurant.
The food is just wonderful. It's true it's on the pricey side for Vietnam, but you get exactly what you pay for. On our first time there, we splurged on 2 cocktails, 4 dishes, dessert, and (many bottles of) beer for 1.200.000 VND (roughly $60). We had
Sauteed shrimp in claypot.
Pomello and squid salad.
Fried tofu with lime, pepper, and mint.
Sauteed leaves with garlic.
...and passion fruit custard. Classy Contemporary Vietnamese cuisine.

Hoa Tuc also offers cooking classes and boasts an almost impeccable waiting staff.  Can't wait to go there again soon, really. It sounds like advertising, but I don't care :D.

Hoa Tuc Restaurant - 74/7 Hai Ba Trung St., Ph: (08) 3 825 84 85;

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