At The Reverie Saigon’s Café Cardinal in March and April be taken on a tour of the finest oysters from around the world, had picked for your dining pleasure.
From here in Vietnam and from as far afield as France, Ireland and Canada, this selection offers a chance to sample many varied tastes and textures of this prized delicacy.
The Muirgen oyster, found in Ireland and France appeals to oyster enthusiasts for its sweetness and beige-coloured flesh that is nestled in a meaty jewel, providing a rare gracefulness to the palate. Meanwhile, the Baynes Sound oyster from Canada has a gentle, sugar-sweet taste with a slightly crunchy bite and is perfect for a first acquaintance.
Naturally, Vietnam is represented by the classic Fine de Claire oyster from Nha Trang and Pacific oysters from Ha Long Bay.
Apart from enjoying the oyster natural on ice, Café Cardinal will also present a hot selection of oyster favourites. You can try Rockefeller (slow baked with organic parsley, shallot and bread crumbs); Mornay (gratinated with light homemade béchamel, French gruyere cheese and white pepper); or Fabrice (steamed with chopped organic tomato, capers and olives).
Available from 1 March to 30 April, prices range from VND40,000 to VND150,000.
One of Southeast Asia’s most distinctive, all-day dining venues, Café Cardinal delivers an extensive menu of decidedly French recipes with deliberate detours into complementary Western and Asian cuisines.
Level 6, Times Square Building
22-36 Nguyen Hue Blvd. & 57-69F Dong Khoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (028) 3823 6688
Breakfast: 6:00am – 10:30am (11:00am on weekends)
Lunch: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
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