The Ploughman Garden, for Veggies!

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There are so many little places around HCMC, that you simply cannot find if you haven’t heard about it. The Ploughman Garden is a good example!

Hidden in the little street of the District 2, not even Thao Dien, this veggie place is hold by Seiko, a lovely Japanese women, living here since one year.

It is a mix between a café and a restaurant because of the small size, but it is very enjoyable when you are looking for a nice quiet lunch around D2. I personally really like the style of the place. Seiko cares a lot about compost and she is actually doing her best in order to make the place very ‘green‘. That is why you will find yourself sat on a wood chair, eating on a wood table, surrounded by plants, and recycle material. Very nice!

I came just after the opening, and it was a bit weird as, I could localise the place but when I got there, the door was not completely open and a sign was indicating to ring the bell to come in. These little details make the place very personalized and at-home which is pleasant and make you feel more than just a client. It’s like when you are invited at a friend’s place for dinner, except that you pay for your meal haha!

Anyway, the Ploughman Garden is doing great vegetarian curries, sushi, Quiche, spring rolls, and more…. Great quality food and very fresh 🙂 Definitely a place to go!

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Oh yeah I had a vegetarian curry with cumin rice! and they offered me a mash potato salad with a basil and coriander sauce …

 

 

Find them on Facebook here, and do not hesitate to ring the bell 🙂

 58 Số 1, Trần Não, Bình An, Quận 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

10am -4pm

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Bacoulos and its Set Lunch in D2 – Saigon

You are living in District 2 or close and you don’t know where to eat on a week lunch day? You might be tempted by a French style cuisine that reminds you where you come from: Europe

Well, let me tell you that I have tried the Bacoulos set lunch for 140,000VND.  It was actually quite nice, not the best deal ever (I really like the set lunch on this Japanese place: Tama River in D2 as well where you come out sooo full and satisfied by the quality) but it is a cool quiet place to have a peaceful lunch on a busy week day. And moreover it is not very busy!

The 140,000VND set lunch has its a special menu where you can choose between starter+main or main+dessert with a drink for both. Exactly like at the ‘Time Out’ on Quoc Huong Street which is doing good set lunch for 120.000VND 160.000VND now ... (It’s better to order ‘à la carte’ #toptip)

I had a sole fillet with a lemon and olive oil sauce as my main and feta and tomato kebab for starter with a salad on a side.

The good deal when you go for set lunch is that most of the time, you can have the expensive main usually on the ‘night time’ menu, for cheaper. That what I did 🙂 Sole fish can be quite expensive at a restaurant and having it included in a set lunch is the good way to eat good quality food for a more affordable price. You see what I mean #smart!

There is also this other option of one main for 120.000 among a large list of dishes. Mr. D had a burger and was satisfied of the food quality as well.

If you don’t know where to go on a busy week day, just try Bacoulos, you might be surprised 🙂

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And you where are you use to eat in Saigon? Do you have a favorite set lunch somewhere? I would love to try new places!!

Vietnamese/Japanese Street Food in D1

Foodies in Saigon, this article is for you –  A cheap and good street food in D1.

Located in the little streets of the Japanese/Korean part of Saigon, close to Le Thanh Ton street, Mr D. and I discovered a cool place with a Japanese and Vietnamese mix menu. You will find different kind of Phô or shrimp Gyoza, and other different dishes, for a reasonable price! Food was very fresh and not prepared in advance, even the fried spring rolls.

I had a mix of beef, spinach, soy with a garlicy sauce and rice, Mr D. had a Phô with some fried spring rolls. All dishes were between 45,000VND and 70.000VND, so very affordable for the quality and the quantity of what was in our plates.

A good address to try if you are looking for a place to eat good/cheap food in a Japanese neighborhood 🙂

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Address: Somewhere between Le Thanh Ton and Thai Van Lung (where the green point is 🙂 )

Trendy Café in Town, any Idea?

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ID Café, this new place I have discovered randomly, driving around with my scooter. You will notice the play-on-word with my title #genius haha. Well, I am so glad today to present you this little place, which is simply  G R E A T.  I guess it will be my new office for now 🙂

Amy Winehouse & Hotel Costes in the background, cosy and quiet, great deco and colors, the perfect place to chill or work in a calm environment, far from the noise of the city, even if its location is quite centered.

There have 2 different places in town, one in D1 close to Ben Thanh market, and one in D3. Personally I prefer the one in D3, less noise and more light 🙂

I have the feeling this café is quite well know by the Vietnamese population, but not that much by the expat’ around here, so check their website and Facebook, and go and have a coffee or enjoy a lunch there, it worths it!

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ID Café in D1 – 34D Thu Khoa Huan Street, HCMC

ID Café in D3 – 61B Tu Xuong Street, HCMC

Enjoy 🙂 !