You are struck by the scale of the place as soon as you walk up the small staircase into East West. It’s a grand arena, and the lofty ceilings match its impressive ambition. The trick is to make the large space inviting without being intimidating, and East West have pulled it off.
Occupying a corner of Annam Gourmet Market in Saigon Centre, Annam Café Gourmet combines quality coffee with simple yet tasty food. Opened last July, this compact space is an ideal resting stop for shoppers looking to recharge their batteries or have some lunch.
Since opening almost two years ago, Confidant restaurant and bar has become a home away from home for many expats and locals living in District 7 owing to its warm hospitality and pub-like atmosphere. In an area crammed with Korean barbecue joints, business hotels and spas, Confidant offers something different from other dining options in the area.
You are reminded of the age of this place when you travel up to the 5th floor of the Majestic Hotel in quite possibly the smallest elevator in Ho Chi Minh City. Its wooden panelling gives the illusion of stepping into a time machine — back to when Ho Chi Minh City was still Saigon, and Dong Khoi was the Rue Catinat. But when you walk onto The Breeze Sky Bar it’s an airy space, with plenty of space befitting of the bar’s name.
Even if you’re not vegetarian yourself, you’ve perhaps tried shepherding a vegetarian friend through Vietnamese cuisine. While the more flexible may be able to turn a blind eye to an occasional dab of fish sauce, finding reliable meat-free dishes can be something of a crap shoot.