Saigon Café Brings You a Taste of Australia
For most of us living north of the equator, Australia is a land of mysteries and wonders. For those who have been there, they will remember it as a land of incredibly good food, coming from all kinds of cultures and cuisines that have made their way down under.
Whether it is your dream to visit this fantastic country one day or if you are simply missing its food, don’t miss the chance to join an Australian buffet dinner prepared before the public eye (and stomach) at Saigon Café Restaurant on April 13 and 14.
This classy restaurant inside Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers overlooking Dong Khoi Street has an open kitchen with seven live stations, where you can watch the chefs in action and make personal requests to adjust your order to your preference.
From seafood to salads, Western to Pan-Asian, to Japanese or Indian, free flow beverages to mouthwatering desserts, Saigon Café Restaurant never fails to amaze diners with its redefined concept of a buffet. With an Australian twist, it gets even better.
Meat of Australia
Imagine tasting the Australian favorite meat pie after seeing how it is made by chefs at the action station, who will steal the show with their excellent foie gras. The mini beef burgers with sliced beets and Chiko roll, the Australian savoury snack inspired by the Chinese spring roll are perfect for those who want to try a little bit of everything.
Right next to the action station is the a la minute grill top, with many different ingredients to choose from, including baby lobster, river prawn, salmon and sea bass, lamb cutlet and Australian beef tenderloin. Watch the chefs’ entertaining performance and you will feel even more eager to eat.
The Western hot food station is another interesting stop. The peppered emu casserole is definitely something you don’t come across everyday. You can also try the famous Vegemite-glazed chicken here.
Visit the carvery if you would like to have a piece of a whole roasted leg of lamb with thyme stuffing, or a whole baked salmon, served with roasted vegetables and a selection of sauces including Dijon mustard, hot English mustard, mint horseradish sauce, mushroom sauce, and pepper gravy.
Keeping it Healthy
After choosing your protein-rich main dishes, while waiting for them to be cooked, you can explore other stations to find delicious starters and side dishes.
For an exciting start, visit the larder kitchen and get blown away by a prawn cocktail, Norwegian smoked salmon, or freshly shucked oysters from the newly launched oyster station.
Veggie enthusiasts will be happy with the selection of tossed salads at the Caesar station, including the Australian style potato salad, and a variety of antipasti such as smashed avocado salad and grilled eggplant with cheese.
The Australian sweet seafood soup is a must-try for creamy soup lovers, as is the pea, ham and smoked sausage soup.
Asian Down Under
The Pan-Asian, Vietnamese and Indian stations still serve popular Asian dishes alongside Australian specialties during the Taste of Australia night.
The fresh salmon and tuna sashimi and assorted sushi are irresistible as always, while the Australian shrimps on the barbie will take you by surprise.
If you can’t go a day without rice, have some Vietnamese steamed rice with wok-fried chili and lemongrass chicken, complete with a bowl of hot and sour fish soup.
Save the Best for Last
The dessert station at Saigon Café Restaurant receives a lot of praises from customers for its quality and variety. Save room for some lamingtons, the Australian dessert made from squares of cake dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in dried coconut.
You can also get a taste of the Anzac biscuits popular in Australia and New Zealand, and the pretty mini pavlova, a meringue-based dessert created in New Zealand and named after Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.
Other desserts from around the world include the French creme caramel and peach melba ice cream, a chocolate fountain, Italian tiramisu, and teppanyaki ice cream made on the spot.
The Taste of Australia buffet dinner is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. The event will be hosted at Saigon Café Restaurant, Level 1, Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. Priced at VND1,400,000++ per person, including free flowing house wine, draft beer, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
For reservation, diners can call Saigon Café restaurant at (028) 3827 2828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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