The stories on the following pages are based on interviews with bar and restaurant owners operating in two suburbs of Vietnam’s two major cities.
Rarely do you get a tiny, street-side eatery that has made itself into a photo opportunity. But that is exactly what has happened at Go Dog, a New York-style hotdog joint on the main drag of Thao Dien.
Eating Thai food in Vietnam in a street food setting just got easier with the opening of Thai Street on Thao Dien.
When Lubu opened just under five years ago, it was the only restaurant on the Lang Bao Chi end of Thao Dien. The Deck, Mekong Merchant, La Villa, Les Trois Gourmand, La Plancha and Papagayo were all up and running, but in this part of the suburb there wasn’t anything. Just Lubu.
Some people go to extreme lengths to hire the right staff. In the case of Peter Holdsworth, man-behind-the-scenes at District Federal, it meant flying halfway across the world.
Revellers drinking at the recently opened Q Bar on Ngo Quang Huy will find themselves in an attractive, high-end open plan bar with great atmosphere. Yet most won’t know about Q Bar’s history, which stretches back more than 25 years.
While the Thao Dien area of Saigon continues its exponential growth, one key street manages to maintain its attachment with the past.
I have been lucky with the street names surrounding my life in Saigon. My elementary school was on Nguyen Du Street.
It’s not only Hanoi that’s getting a facelift