Our favourite restaurant in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), was The Chopsticks, set in a beautifully restored villa, once the home of the Vice President of the Southern Vietnamese government before 1975. Many features have been retained, like the wrought iron gates and windows, the garden entry, and the sweeping staircase. But the decor is contemporary and chic. Located down a dark alleyway in District 3 of Saigon, you enter through a lanterned filled courtyard.
Vietnam is known for its delicious street food, and was a favourite place of Anthony Bourdain to visit. At The Chopsticks they serve an elevated street food fare. Whether you choose a tasting menu or a la carte, you will be treated too authentic Vietnamese food with fresh flavours, quality ingredients and an innovative menu.
They do a lot of tableside cooking here, which makes for an entertaining experience. The staff is so friendly and helpful and do all the work for you, including the peeling of your shrimp, or cracking open your seafood, so there are no messy hands. They expertly helped guide us through how to eat every dish. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the food, as long as you don’t order the crab and coconut hot pot, which ended being my least favourite dish and it takes a long time to cook and present tableside. A must are the Vietnamese (pandan) pancakes. The cocktail list is creative and there is a large range of wines.
Their setting, as well as their food, is elevated by the quality of the products, the history of the house and the hospitality of the staff. They offer many traditional dishes in a modern, clean and comfortable environment. Vietnam is a huge, busy, and frenzied city. Dining at The Chopsticks is an oasis in the heart of city.