Photo by Trung Del

Recently reopened to cater for Hanoi’s late-night enthusiasts, Zone 17 does nine-to-five the other way around.

Photo by Kyle Phanroy

If there is any dish that is a Saigon icon, it’s com tam. But what’s the background behind this local favourite cooked up with steamed ‘broken’ rice? Words by Vi Pham

Photo by Jesse Meadows

“Sorry, I’m eating lobster thermidor and drinking chardonnay,” is not a text message I ever thought I would send in response to a coffee invite, until I went to the wine brunch at Oven d’Or. This place understands Sundays on a level that I have not quite seen before. There’s a fondue station with not one, but two kinds of chocolate fountains, a crepe and waffle counter, an entire suckling pig laid out for carving, an a la carte grill, a sushi bar, and, of course, the help-yourself booze table.

Photo by Trung Del

There’s a restaurant and pub in town serving, yes, you guessed it, cuisine from the UK. Naturally our mystery diner had to check it out. Here’s the verdict. Photos by Trung Del

Photo by Bao Zoan

Situated in a prime location in District 1, Lavastone BBQ & Cocktail House blends into the bustle of the area with its full-length glass front framed by black-painted steel. The space inside has an American industrial ambience combined with classic European-style twists, making the place both attractive yet unusual. The Japanese elements — Japanese rice wine kept cool in a container at the front door and the upstairs furnished with Japanese-style chairs and tables, adds to the effect.

Photo by Bao Zoan

Mixing Western cuisine with Japanese, our mystery diner heads to Dong Du for a date with Sushi Hokkaido Sachi and their outstanding foie gras. Photos by Bao Zoan

Photo by Bao Zoan

If you haven’t dared step foot in the Park Hyatt for fear of being immediately relieved of all your hard-earned cash, fear not. The hotel’s Martini Bar, officially called 2 Lam Son, has a 51 percent off happy hour on all drinks between 5pm and 8pm, every day of the week.

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