The heat in Ho Chi Minh City can often feel oppressive, so visiting a bar to escape it all while being accompanied by that most refreshing of drinks — the gin and tonic — sounds like a great fit. The Gin House is the first bar in the city to specialise in the spirit and has been opening its doors to a wide array of gin-based drinks and cocktails since August 2016.

Ke Quan fills a niche in Tay Ho, where street food abounds, but quality, affordable Vietnamese fare with style is missing. A joint project between Cesar Aubry of Le Soleil, Bui Thi Dong Thanh, or Te, of Ray Quan, and designer Ha Huu Tam, the place is as diverse as its ownership.

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A new restaurant in a newly rebranded five-star hotel, which according to our mystery diner is already singing a pretty tune. Photos by Julie Vola

We’ve chosen five dishes that are found everywhere in the city. But where serves them up the best? Zoe Osborne, Matt Cowan and Nick Ross tell all

On a quiet Hanoian street in an unassuming green restaurant, Giang Nguyen surveys her little diner from behind the serving hatch. She is the type of restaurant owner who loses sleep if a customer is less than satisfied. At May Taste (18C, Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho), however, this rarely happens.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s flourishing craft beer craze has a new entrant — Rogue. Owner Linh Nguyen opened the bar in August this year as a sister bar to his alternative event venture, Saigon Outcast.

A weird noodle dish from the Mekong Delta that mixes sweet and savoury, coconut sauce, pork and chilli, banh tam bi is a must try for anyone looking for something a little different. Words and photos by Zoe Osborne

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