When is desperate crave for some authentic French bistrot cuisine, head without hesitation to “Le Bouchon de Saigon”, in District one, for a feast you will not forget, and will let you wanting more instantly!
Opened in 2012 by a French couple, this restaurant needs no more introduction, and has made it’s reputation with it’s delicate cuisine, delicious fresh products and imported goods.
As much as I don’t miss French cuisine at all, a friend of mine convinced me to give it a try, and invited me there for diner.
And I was blown away by the place, to say the least. Red and white checkered table cloth, wooden wine barrels, brick walls. The minute you walk in, you are no longer in Saigon, but in a narrow street, in Lyon’s old city, on a summer evening. The staff is French, or fluent in French, and they welcome you with a flute of Champagne while you take a look at the menu, designed like a newspaper.
Their wine selection is beyond what I could have dreamt of, and their food absolutely delicious. I had the fish and some home-made ratatouille, while my friend tried the beef steak. We both were amazed by the freshness of the products and the cooking precision of our food. The seasoning was balanced and delicate, and the service discrete and efficient.
They had unfortunately run out of “fondant au chocolat” for desert that evening, so we just asked for the bill.
I highly recommend this place, but do prepare the adequate budget as it is a bit pricy, yet a definite must do! So far my favorite place for excellent French wine and “bistronomie” cuisine in Saigon.