French cuisine just off Giang Vo. The location seems incongruous, but as our mystery diner discovers, the food and service is anything but. Photos by Julie Vola

Asian Streat is a new pan-Asian restaurant specialising in Sri Lankan cuisine, located on the second floor of the building that houses well-known cafe L’Usine on Dong Khoi Street in District 1. The concept behind Asian Streat is to bring the taste of street foods from around the region to an environment more comfortable for diners.

Zoe Osborne and Mike Palumbo do the rounds of Saigon's noodle soup joints and search out the best vegan options in the city.

Sandalwood flooring, leather armchairs, and black walls sporting a library of wine bottles; Den Bar is an old-school alternative to Hoan Kiem’s generally characterless selection of watering holes.

Some streetfood dishes are tasty, while others are on another planet, such as mi quang. Words by Nick Ross. Photos by Zoe Osborne

Situated at the corner of Mac Thi Buoi and Phan Van Dat, on the location once occupied by Seoul House, Soi & Meo Taproom is a hangout opened just after Tet. To explain the name Soi & Meo (wolf and cat), Quynh, the bar manager, says: “It’s inspired by America, where animals are used to name their bars.”

Something feels different upon stepping inside Layla for the first time that sets it apart from other cocktail bars in the same category around Saigon. It could be the floor-to-ceiling windows that bookend the space and allow the last of the fading afternoon light to filter in before the sun dips behind the buildings along Dong Khoi Street below.

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