My regular reader (Hi there.) will know my fayre of choice is usually found at pavement level, costs buttons and tastes divine. So, what the hell am I doing this lunchtime in a joint where my entree would buy me 40 bun rieu, my main would cover 71 banh my pates and my dessert, digestif and coffee combined would leave scant change from 130 Che?? Well, I’m not paying, that’s why I’m here. Now, if there’s anyone out there who still thinks blogs are bollocks, read on.
When the New York Times are in town and need an accomplice in scoff, who do they call? When BBC TV are researching Vietnam for a new series of Full on Food, who gets a shout? When the Wall Street Journal swing by and ask for restaurant advice, who’s the first stop? When Australian magazine Men’s Journal are looking for Vietnam food features, who’s top of the list? Yup, not Fodor’s and not the Michelin Guide. Would never have happened in life pre-blog. How could it have?
So, it’s official blogging will get you free a lunch and I’m a whore. Matt Gross was kind enough to invite me for lunch. He used to work on New York Magazine, is currently writing a novel and has some fabbo blogging ideas. He’s working on a couple of pieces for the New York Times which we got to talk about at posh nosh central Le Bordeaux. If Le Bordeaux in Saigon and the Le Beaulieu in Hanoi were hooligans I’m not sure which one I’d put my money on to win a good ol’ fashioned pub fight. They’re both quality contenders and probably the best French restaurants this side of Bangkok. I’ll spare you the usual bollocks as I don’t really know what I’m talking about. Here’s most of what we consumed:
Foie gras appetizer
Fish soup and garlic croutons – 120,000VD
Baby seabass stuffed with mushrooms and salad flavoured with nut oil – 150,000VD
Scallops ravioli with fresh herbs – 250,000VD
La soupe de poires Williams au vin rouge et a la canelle – 105,000VD
Marc de Gerwurtzraminer maison Muller et Fils – 120,000VD
All the above was my lot. Matt went for the ‘Menu degustation’ for $38. That started with a Homemade pot salmon & scallops spicy flavouring
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Pan-fried "Foie gras" with raspberry vinegar & roast apple with salt butter
Veal tenderloin in slowly braised shallot juice
Chocolate cake, coffee sauce.
Each dish was excellent. Photos came out a bit crap – sorry – but we were too busy blethering to worry about blogging. The entire deal didn’t stuff, but filled. My digestif, the Gerwurtz Marc, will stick a Howitzer in your gob. Yowsers. And a quick shuffty at Matt’s bill tells me lunch for two, with a bottle of Sancerre, was in the region of $170. Le Bordeaux is at F7-F8 D2 Street, Binh Thanh District. Highly recommended. According to the website, their ‘Mr Georges Menu’ is a cheaper lunchtime option at $10. Big shout to the New York Times for a very enjoyable lunch. View the business card.