Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Savouring Saigon: Skewers

94 Thai van Lung street
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84-8488224798

I never expected myself to dine at a Mediterranean restaurant during my visit to HCMC. The plan was to dine French and Vietnamese and nothing else. However, due to unforeseen circumstances such as – the restaurant we were looking for didn’t seem to be there anymore, it was raining and we were hungry led us into this restaurant. I’m glad we were victims of those circumstances because after we were seated and browsing through the menu, it seemed that we had landed ourselves into a mouthwatering dinner.

Skewers Gyros

Nosh: The menu is extensive. In fact, from the framed write ups on the wall said it was the single most extensive Mediterranean menu in HCMC.

For appetizers there is a choice of mezze and dips that you can enjoy with warm pita bread, from which we wanted to have some hummus but we elected for a warm minestrone soup and the baked goats cheese tart. My goat’s cheese tart kept me silent for most part of the dinner because I was too busy eating and enjoying the creamy warm slighty pungent cheese against the crispy tart shell and the slightly sourish sun dried tomatoes. After which, I eagerly awaited my main course.

For main courses, we ordered the skewer gyros, which was ½ chicken and ½ beef in warm toasty pita pockets and their saucy partners and a side of couscous. The Moroccan spiced seabass was served on a bed of lightly seasoned spaghetti. The sea bass was baked to perfection, wonderfully seasoned and succulent; the gyros were tender but a little too salty.

Pay: 450,000 VND for 2 courses and drinks for two of us.
*estimated conversion: S$45, $ 27 USD

Why I would go back: To try the other items on the menu.


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