Food & Drink

The Best New Openings in Vietnam 2019

Star power in the kitchens of Saigon and Hanoi, and hotels go uber-mod and historical luxe. These are the best new openings in Vietnam 2019.

the best of vietnam; the best of 2019

Ancient Hue Garden Houses’ verdant setting. Courtesy of Ancient Hue Garden Houses

By Connla Stokes

Dec 1, 2019

EVER-EVOLVING VIETNAM continues to move towards more personality-driven eateries and creativity-minded hotels. Read on for our picks of the best new openings in Vietnam in 2019. 

BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN VIETNAM 2019

T.U.N.G. Dining, Hanoi

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What’s the most magical fine-dining experience in the capital of Vietnam? Well, thanks to Chef Hoang Tung, it’s currently Nordic. At his smart, confident eatery guests will be wowed by a three-part, 18-course seasonal symphony. Although they do reveal the core ingredient and flavor, the exact composition of dishes remains a secret until you’re served. It’s well worth the tease.

tungdining.com; dinner and drinks for two VND4,166,000.

The Monkey Gallery Dessert Bar & Dining, Saigon

The walls are all bare in this sleek, modern eatery in the city center. Why? “So you’ll just focus on our food,” says Chef Hong Le. You’ll recognize French techniques and taste intense Japanese flavors but Hong—born and raised in Saigon—loves to slip local inspirations, both subtle and bold, into the mix. The tasting menu is a wonder.

fb.com/themonkeygallery; dinner and drinks for two from VND277,800.

Sol Kitchen & Bar, Saigon 

Perched at the helm of his wide, open kitchen, the heavily inked head chef Adrian Chong Yen diligently steers the ship as lively punters fill out his restaurant each night. They come for the high-caliber, crowd-pleasing dishes—and expertly made cocktails—all inspired by the Latin American culinary canon but with plenty of Asian touches. The fun TGIF vibes are just the gravy.

solkitchenbar.com; dinner and drinks for two from VND1,620,000.

BEST NEW HOTELS IN VIETNAM 2019

Mai House, Saigon 

Exuding plenty of old-world swagger, and certainly not short on contemporary style, this 224-room hotel is the perfect foil to the frenetic streets of 21st-century Saigon. Don’t miss your chance to indulge in luxury treatments (with a glass of bubbly in hand) at Four Elements Spa, or savor classic French cuisine at C’est La Vie restaurant.

maihouse.com; doubles from VND3,713,000.

Mia Saigon

This hotel on the Saigon River gives you a chance to explore the artsy District 2, or else just unwind in pampered style. With strong French Indochine vibes, Mia Saigon fosters a nostalgic atmosphere, helped along by its tranquil riverside setting. Calm-inducing treatments and wellness offerings at Ô The Spa further facilitate an indulgently reposeful stay.

miasaigon.com; doubles from VND3,024,000.

Ancient Hue Garden Houses 

These five gorgeously furnished period garden homes each pay tribute to Hue’s storied past. Set in landscaped gardens, the setting is utterly blissful—and convenient to the Perfume River, citadel and other historic monuments.

ancienthue.com.vn; doubles from VND6,730,000.

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