Square One: Fancy Vietnam and a Little Bit of France.
Square One 2 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Вьетнам / 25 сентября 2017
Oh well, yes, I’m perfectly aware that Vietnamese food should be exclusively street food or at most it should be eaten in some really cheap canteens with plastic tablecloths and plates. I do know it, ok?
And almost all the “fashionable/rich” places are no more than a fraud for tourist losers.
Indeed, yet there’s a nuance!
There’s this Vietnamese and slightly French restaurant taking shelter on the second floor of Park Hyatt Saigon, right after the faint beautiful chandeliers. Its design would easily suit a place by Arkady Novikov.
It’s worth taking your time to look for the place.
When I saw Vietnamese spring rolls there (in Vietnam) for the first time, I asked with my mouth open:
And I don’t want to hear about any authentic whatever and street food – afterwards I’ve had spring rolls in dozens of places but never again have I come across such a work of art – with transparent lace dough and a heap of perfect basil, which looked as if printed on a 3D printer.
It’s the same story with Pho Bo, when they pour broth upon the finest raw marble beef right from a teapot, making it not at all raw any more. This is a very peculiar experience.
Everything: incredible chicken, crab tempura, juice mixes, curry, grill, and raw bar – is mad tasty.
This is a place for those occasions when you want to go out properly dressed, climb up the fancy stairs past some crystal and take a seat at a table full of crystal, in semi-darkness, and have… your favorite street food beautifully and deliciously served.
The place is for a long dinner, everlasting conversations, Australian and Californian wines, and spicy smells and flavors that have found their way into the luxe from the Neon Saigon streets.