K Cafe at 74 A4 Hai Ba Trung street is one of many, many Japanese restaurants in District 1. This is our first visit here since getting a tip off from Robyn at Eating Asia. It’s a lot noisier and a bit more bonkers than any of the other Japanese joints I’ve visited in Saigon. Not the place for a quiet meal, but the menu is quite a bit different from Saigon’s average Japanese resto. I suggest you read Robyn’s post for the full spin. But the salmon skin maki (so good we ordered another) and deep fried crabs (Phwoarrr…) are total winners. The spicy tuna maki veered too far into the spice rack for my delicate puddinglike British tastebuds, but noodlegirl freaked over them. Unfortunately the oysters were way too plump and over decorated – like a bloody pantomime oyster – lacking any essence of ocean and were so dead – the coroner’s report was in, autopsy done and dusted, leaving us bystanders at the funeral. Any decent wake deserves a snort of the hard stuff. The homemade plum wine gives the required jolt and the boiled squid, off tonight’s chalked up specials board – which looks like total shit in my photo – in reality was a marvellous little nibble to gulp down the sweet vino with. Dinner for two cost around 500,000VD. I’d go back for the food, but if it’s peaceful Japanese I want I’d probably go elsewhere. More (crap) cameraphone images.