For lunch, we headed to Cuc Gach Quan for some traditional home cooking. And by home cooking, I meant some high quality cooking you’d expect for special occasions. This wasn’t your run of the mill Vietnamese food. No. It was some well prepared dishes that delivered on it’s hefty price tag. Expensive, when compared to other restaurants around here in Saigon.
The restaurant sits across the street from the office of the owner who happens to be a renown architect. You will notice the refined touches to the delightfully unique French colonial home. Inside the living areas are divided up into dining sections. I wish I took pictures of it, but you can visit their site to get a glimpse. You can even book a specific room on their site for special parties.
Our order consisted of classical dishes my mom used to make with a few others. And I have to say, they nailed the flavors. It felt like I took a time machine back to when I was a kid, gleefully gobbling up bowls of rice while sampling one dish after another. That’s what I really really liked about the dishes here. They are on the smaller side, which might be due to my familiarity to oversized American portions. Still, this meant we could order more and get a complete feast. We did just that. No regrets. The whole meal was a field day. Each dish standing tall on its own and a few that worked so well together.
I have to say, this place satisfied my Vietnamese itch for high quality food.
10 Đặng Tất, Tân Định, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 8 3848 0144
Verdict: It’s on the expensive side. But if you want to have everyday Vietnamese food, stop by for a feast.