Right on time for the beginning of the rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City, I went out to review Monsoon for you. Okay, I honestly confess, I am a Muppet.
Because I have been there a couple of weeks ago with the same intention, but back then I was ravenous and my Burmese dish looked and smelled so good, that I started digging in as soon as the food arrived. When I realized that I should take photos, it was too late and I had messed up my plate thoroughly.
This time however, I pulled myself together, which was harder than you might expect. Fortunately I had a chat with the waiter last time and he told me the owner is Thai and on a mission to introduce proper Thai kitchen to HCMC. So, of course I had to put that to the test and chose Pad Thai this time.
I never had Pad Thai before, so I have no idea how authentic it was. I only know one thing: It was absolutely marvellous, the taste was masterfully balanced, a smooth experience of a delicious noodle dish, served on a stylish plate. My lunch also included a light, clear soup with carrots and silky tofu and a Vietnamese ice coffee with milk. Yes, it was a set lunch for 90.000đ, simply great value for money.
The place itself is very stylish, the service staff speaks good English and somehow the Monsoon radiates the flair of a slightly upscale restaurant, without getting snotty like so many down town places. I love sitting outside in the shadow of the trees, just awesome.
Maybe I just delete the photos, so I have another reason to visit (Mon)soon again. On the other hand, who needs an extra reason, I recommend Monsoon during the wet season as well as in the dry season.