Latest Recipe is in the mezzanine of the the newly opened Le Méridien Saigon, offering views of District 1’s flowing Saigon River and the ever-busy Ton Duc Thang street.
The restaurant centers around all-day buffet dining and is headed by French chef Frederic Meynard. Highlights include Sunday Brunch with superb world cuisine options, and great buffet dinners. Colorful old-school French tiling, a poppy geometric ceiling and plush seating present a nice day-to-night dining space.
Latest Recipe gives off a homey, refined French kitchen vibe, with classic tiles covering the floor, comfy chairs and neutral tones that go well with the wood and yellow accents.
An open kitchen adds to the ambiance, with the chefs preparing various international dishes in front of diners.
The restaurant does both a la carte and all day buffet. The Sunday Brunch buffet is especially noteworthy, with world cuisine represented fairly well, including savory Canadian lobsters, live mud crabs and a “Fine de Claire” oyster bar, and a free flow of Taittinger Champagne, “LeTini” cocktails, oyster shooters, beer and wine. The feast is topped off with Le Méridien’s signature pastries, Ronnefeldt tea and illy coffee. For families who come to the Sunday Brunch with children, there is a dedicated kids corner with various activities.
Le Méridien’s ever popular dinner buffets include highlights on both the Asian and Western fronts. On the Vietnamese end, favorites include traditional Vietnamese beef or chicken pho with rice noodles, bean sprouts and fresh herbs, and banh mi with pickled vegetables, pate, coriander, Vietnamese sausages and chili sauce. On the Western front, the Angus ribeye with rosemary and truffle is a favorite.
Daily buffets feature other favorites like a medley of seafood options, including lobster, crab, oysters and more.
For breakfast, Le Méridien’s Latest Recipe makes sure to promote its Eye Openers, which are European breakfast dishes with Vietnamese side dishes. Breakfast favorites include pandan crepe with coconut, peanuts and cinnamon chocolate; and brioche French toast with caramelized mango, longan honey and ginger.
To help the start of a new day, Le Méridien also offers Eye Opener drinks, including fusions of passion fruit, aloe vera and ginger; and soursop mixed with tangerine and carrot.
All ingredients go through rigorous inspection and selection processes. This includes imported raw items such as beef, lobster and salmon, local specialties like oysters and clams from Nha Trang and Ca Mau sea crabs, and fruits and vegetables.
What People Say
With only six reviews and a 4.5 bubble rating on TripAdvisor, it’s early to judge Latest Recipe solely based on its online presence. Three of the reviews are five bubbles, two are four bubbles and one is three. There are a few minor complaints, one of which is slow service.