Hideaway Cafe instantly gives off a modern yet classy vibe, housed in a converted villa, with it's stained concrete floors, white-washed brick walls, sturdy wooden tables and chairs and lovely bar area displaying a nice selection of imported wines. The restaurant is quite well-staffed with a polite and professionally dressed wait staff–more attentive than the average Ho Chi Minh City. Take your pick between inside or outside seating.
I had difficulty choosing from the menu's tempting selection of salads, pastas, sandwiches and main courses all priced pretty typically for quality Western food in Ho Chi Minh City. I decided on the Mediterranean salad with paprika chicken, capsicum, eggplant and greens (120,000đ). The chicken was flavorful and tender, the veggies perfectly roasted, and the greens fresh. Kalamata olives and toasted garlic bread added a little extra something special. All tossed in a nice vinaigrette. It was all that I hoped it would be. I washed it down with a refreshing lemon soda (45,000đ).
My delightful light lunch left plenty of room for dessert. Another tough choice, I went with the sticky toffee pudding (60,000đ). A warm, moist muffin with dates and chopped walnuts, drizzled in sweet toffee sauce, served with a side of heavy cream. Not quite as spectacular as my favorite from back home, but good enough to leave me with a warm, happy feeling.
I could see The Hideaway as a spot for a nice dinner and imported beer or wine with friends or as a quiet spot to have a bite to eat and get some work done. I will likely sneak back to try another of their desserts.