The atmospheric Temple Club, housed in an old colonial shophouse.
Hue style (pork and shrimp) salad wrapped in mustard leaves.
Shrimp cooked in Tamarind sauce.
I stumbled onto a very cool, modern cafe, M2C, when a restaurant I wanted to eat at closed in between lunch and dinner. There's outside seating and three floors-each with its own vibe.
Fried spring rolls.
Lemongrass BBQ pork and noodles.
Outside Cuc Gach Quan, which gained notoriety when Brad and Angeliana ate here in 2010. It has a great atmosphere and some tasty food, so worthwhile to seek out.
In the front chicken stewed with ginger, rice, and pork and shrimp salad.
Chill Sky Bar on the 52nd floor.
New friends in the backpacker district.
Lunch at the famous (from Anthony Burdain's No Reservations TV show) Lunch Lady food stall.
Fresh spring rolls, fried spring rools and the soup of the day, which was spicy and had squid, shrimp, and beef in it.
Vietnamese kebabs, served in a baguette.
I decided to meet some new friends at a favorite from my last trip to Ho Chi Minh in 2010, Hoa Tuc. The menu is modern Vietnamese with a wonderful old French colonial building that used to be an Opium factory.
The appetizer was fresh shrimp spring rolls.
One of the mains was grilled Sea bass with avocado mango salsa and sweet potatoes and cassava. Some of the other dishes included: chili marinated BBQ prawns with salt, pepper, and lime, coconut prawn fritters with mango, mint and spring onion sauce, clam and star fruit soup with tomatoes and dill, sauteed flowers, bok choi, and spinach with garlic.
The view from Saigon Saigon rooftop bar at The Caravell Hotel.
Trung Nguyen Coffee is the Starbucks of Vietnam, certainly as ubiquitous. There were two across from each other at the end of the street where my hotel was.