Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Vietnamese fusion lunch at Square One of the Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh

A Vietnamese fusion lunch at Square One of the Park Hyatt Saigon
All the desserts I ordered at Square One of the Park Hyatt Saigon
for lunch yesterday, living a #Travelife...

Good morning from Manila, on a lazy long weekend, living a #Travelife. Actually I'm getting my house here in order as the next time I'll be able to do any kind of major housekeeping will be around Christmas time perhaps. 

Next weekend I'll be in Tokyo, and I'll be organising my house there as well for the end of summer and the start of autumn.

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ONE WEEK IN VIETNAM.
TWO HOURS SO FAR IN MANILA.

Writing this blog in the afternoon heat of Manila, it seems so surreal that just over 24 hours ago I was having this wonderful lunch at Square One at the Park Hyatt Saigon with my Travelife Magazine team, living a #Travelife.

Square One is the best Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Ho Chi Minh so of course we had to eat there.


SHOPPING FOR PORCELAIN
AND DINNERWARE SETS
IN HO CHI MINH

But first a morning of shopping in Ho Chi Minh, and at 10 AM, a car came to pick me up at my hotel. 

We went to Vietnam's finest porcelain maker's showroom and I ended up buying a new dinnerware set on the spur of the moment. 

The minute I returned home, I opened up my box of porcelain
to see how these would look with all my other things
from my Travelife....

It was very nice and some intricate designs reminded me of the plates of Hermes or Versace at a fraction of the prices, and I instantly knew it would look nice on my table. These weren't cheap, mind you, but they weren't about to break the bank either.

Apparently the President of Vietnam has the same dinnerware set for his official residence.

LUNCH AT THE PARK HYATT SAIGON


Then I headed to the Park Hyatt Saigon in time for lunch with the Travelife Magazine team, as everyone was out doing their own things (a.k.a. working hard) and we'd arranged to meet at Park Hyatt Saigon at 12 noon

Everyone was there by the time I arrived, and we quickly found our table at the end of Square One. Within minutes, the chef of Square One arrived to greet us and to talk about the specials, and I said to him: "We have very healthy appetites and we eat anything."

A VIETNAMESE-WESTERN FUSION MEAL


That's all he needed to know and then soon, a procession of one wonderful dish after another and after another came out and everything was so good.

We had baked oysters to start, and if you follow this blog, you'll know that oysters have a special place in my heart. They were so delicious I wish now that I'd ordered another plate. 


Then came the Vietnamese food. 

Our recommended Square One appetizers were Vietnamese, including fried egg rolls and fresh spring rolls, plus a few Vietnamese specialties that I was tasting for the first time.


RIB-EYE STEAKS AND SPICY SEA BASS
FOR THE MAIN COURSE


This was followed by a wonderful angus rib-eye steak which came with a pot of excellent mashed potatoes, and some salmon seared very lightly in pepper.


Finally, we had sea bass steamed and then spiced up, Vietnamese style, with chilis and garlic. It was wonderful. We also had these Vietnamese vegetables on the side.



THE DESSERTS OF THE PARK HYATT SAIGON

We were told to save room for dessert as the Park Hyatt Saigon chefs are very proud of their desserts. 

We were already completely full by then, but when I saw the dessert menu, everything looked way too good to pass up so I simply ordered one of everything to share.


The standouts were the palm sugar ice cream, made right on the premises, and a new dessert of Vietnamese coffee affogato -- meaning coconut ice cream with Vietnamese coffee poured over it via a  circular slice of chocolate.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A SECOND TIME
IN SAIGON,  LIVING A #TRAVELIFE



That was so good. 

And the Park Hyatt Saigon itself is so beautiful in an old-fashioned and elegant way. If I hadn't arranged for a car and a guide to pick me up at the hotel at 3 PM for part 2 of my shopping expeditions, I would have done an afternoon tea and perhaps even had a facial at the spa.

"I've got to do this again," I said to myself.

Yes, leaving a couple of things undone provides all the more reason to plan another long weekend in Ho Chi Minh sometime, living a never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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