{Saigon Eats} Cuc Gach Quan

I have just been (for the second time in less than a week!) to one of the most stunning, inspiring, elegant, amazing restaurants, and it’s right in my neighbourhood! I can’t believe I’ve only been introduced to this place two weeks before I depart Saigon, so obviously, a few more visits are in order!

Cuc Gach Quan is a Vietnamese ‘country’ style restaurant, with its menu offering a nod to the way dishes were once prepared – without msg or ingredients affected by fertilisers. The tofu and the soy sauce are homemade, and the juices are natural and pure with no sugar added, but a little jug of honey is served on the side. The food is delicious (especially the lemongrass tofu and the pork in claypot) and the decor is amazing, with antique/distressed wood furniture, gorgeous blue and white crockery and drinks served in glass bottles with rolled up banana leaf stoppers. There’s a fish and turtle pond between the front room and the open kitchen at the back, and a steep staircase leading up to more gorgeous seating. The restaurant is architect owned and designed – and it shows!

I’m in love with this place, and I can’t wait to go back. For more about Cuc Gach Quan, see this piece in Travel + Leisure, or check out some of the feature articles on its website.

Cuc Gach Quan, 10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, District 1, Saigon, Tel: 38480144 or 01657101010


Images courtesy Cuc Gach Quan

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8 Responses

  1. Vivian November 8, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    It looks like a gorgeous, cozy place! I love the decor, and I imagine the foods are delicious.

  2. Liz November 8, 2010 / 6:24 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous setting for some great Vietnamese food. I’ll definitely have to try it out when I’m in Saigon in January. Thanks for this post!

  3. Bronwyn November 8, 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Oooh, sounds delicious! I love the staircase in the photograph…

  4. djer November 9, 2010 / 11:49 am

    oh, it is close to my place. Should try it out soon. Thanks for this post. BTW, have you tried Vietnamese sticky rice? Take a look here. Hope u like it.

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  5. Chloe November 9, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    This looks great! Just discovering your blog a couple of days before we leave for Saigon. Something tells me I’ll spend a lot of time here ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  6. A Girl in Asia November 14, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the comments all!

    @djer – do you have a blog too? Tried to link to the site mentioned on your facebook page but it just redirected me back to facebooK!

    @Chloe – Hope you enjoy Saigon!

    @nmaha – Thank you so much for featuring me in your list – very flattering!

  7. sweetdreamsflyingmachines November 19, 2010 / 4:12 pm

    I was invited to dinner here only a few days after you posted this. It was exciting to try a place I had only recently read so much about. It fully lives up to its reputation. I wanted to lick the clay pot clean. I hope you made it into the attic. It’s even more charming than below. I am looking forward to visiting again soon.

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