Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

NYDC

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New York Dessert Café, commonly known as NYDC, was established in Singapore in 1995 by an American couple. Popular for American cuisine, the menu includes their famous mudpies, and a whole range of Western comfort foods.

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Long overdue D2 outlet opens

Reviewed on 2014-03-03 (Updated on 2014-12-07)

For a long time An Phu had played second fiddle to Thao Dien when it comes to gastronomy selections. However, with the opening of the new NYDC at Cantavil Premier, An Phu folks now no longer have to travel to Thao Dien to enjoy a decent Western meal or some lip-smacking good desserts and lattes.

As a longtime fan of NYDC, I am pleased to find that the quality of F&B is preserved in this latest outlet. The café, strategically located by the side of Hanoi Highway also retains its cozy ambience and interior design, which are standard across the board for NYDC.

The daily breakfast sets priced from 89,000đ (excluding 10% VAT) are great value for money. I had an Oven Baked Breakfast (99,000đ) which was a casserole of potatoes, sausages, bacon and tomatoes, baked in eggs and cheese (ala frittata). The breakfast was filling, but tasted nothing too extraordinary. However, the cup of latte (or cappuccino, if you wish) that came with the set was strong and beautiful.

My daughter ordered a Spaghetti Bolognaise (109,000đ) and a slice of Boo Boo (49,000đ). Boo Boo was a chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse and fudge; yummy but the serving was a tad small. I am personally partial to the NYDC’s signature High & Mighty (59,000đ) – a couple dozen layers of bittersweet chocolate sponge and cream served in one slice of sinful calories. The Spaghetti Bolognaise was marginal, as the tomato taste was a bit too much to my preference.

NYDC An Phu is a great place to hang out, but the service’s efficiency can be improved on. With hardly any other worthy competitors within the neighbourhood, this outlet will attract many nearby residents who wish to splurge on some impromptu pick-me-ups.

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An urban lifestyle café

Reviewed on 2013-11-03 (Updated on 2015-08-18)

NYDC has a special place in my heart as my next-door coffee shop where I usually see friends, view people on the street and stare at the colourful pop art pieces. There are several NYDC branches in Ho Chi Minh City but the one on Nguyễn Du street is my favourite.

It is an ideal place to relax on your own with a book, or catch up with friends over a good cup of coffee. As I sit and stare at my colossal ‘Iced Berry Mocha Elephanccino’, which cost me around 80,000₫, I wonder if I am happy with it? Yes, I am, although I would never been able to finish it. It is not because the taste is bad; I won’t say it is excellent either. It’s just that ridiculously big.

NYDC is known for its desserts; the mud pies are delicious, but the Ally's New York cheesecake is incredible. The cheesecake is rich, soft and elegant. The prices are acceptable for a centrally located café like this. Their main courses can also be highly praised; some of my favourite dishes include Meatballs with spaghetti, Grilled New York Steak and Handcrafted Beef Burger.