From Lamborghinis to Louis Vuitton, District 7 is just a hair different than the rest of Saigon. This is where the wealthiest of the city’s residents reside—mainly Western, yet some Korean and Vietnamese as well. The streets are wider and less congested, the blare of the city is long gone, the sidewalks are unusually clean. This is a decidedly un-Saigon Saigon. The food is as well. These restaurants are high-end and foreign. However, luckily in District 7, with high prices comes great food. These are the best restaurants in Saigon’s poshest neighborhood.
Cham Charm is as luxurious as they come—a slice of Bel Air in Saigon. This sprawling establishment is a high-end, in your face, love letter to Champa culture. Verdant gardens and ornate sparkling fountains give way to a magnificent facade, while tasteful flowering greens dance from the rooftop. Once inside, you’re transported back in time by the ancient artifacts hanging from the ceiling and jutting out from the walls. Famed for the seafood buffet, Cham focuses mainly on international cuisine.
The second location in town lives up to its big brother’s name. El Goucho consistently serves up the best steaks in the city. Located in the glitzy Crescent Mall, this rendition offers up fabulous views over the lake and a nice outdoor seating area. Indoors, the exposed wood provides a cozy atmosphere to consume that marbled rib eye, char broiled to perfection.
Ottavo Re brings a piece of Italy to Saigon. Literally. Most of the ingredients here are flown in directly from Europe. The seafood pastas are fantastic, and the steak will melt in your mouth. Apart from great food and a nice open relaxed atmosphere, OttavoRe has one of the most extensive quality wine lists in the city.
Korean specialties infused with Western comfort make Mint and Paul a District 7 favorite. Having outgrown its first two locations, this larger establishment continues to serve up the same delicious dishes that made it known across the city. The beef tacos topped with a spicy Korean sauce are a fan favorite. One knock against Mint and Paul could be the service. It feels as if some dishes can take up to a half hour to arrive.
Jane’s Bistro is as close to farm-to-table that Saigon has to offer. This deliciously healthy joint serves up a splendid twist of American and Italian cuisines. The affable owners, Jane Nguyen and Michael Rose, bring years of restaurant experience to Saigon, and it shows in their food and the ambiance of their bistro. The atmosphere is comfortable, cozy, and like home. The food is rich and flavorful, boasting organic homemade pasta and fresh caught seafood. Just be sure to leave room for desert; the tiramisu is the cherry on top of one of the best meals in District 7.
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