Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to have a fusion of modern Cantonese and Japanese cuisine? There’s a place in Saigon where you can find out for yourself, and you’ll be amazed.
Bamboo Chic, located on the ninth floor of Le Meridien Saigon, is more than just its food — you get to dine surrounded by a spectacular and unobstructed view of the Saigon river. The ambience and colourful, modern European-inspired interior decor makes this a perfect place for a business lunch or a dinner date, and if you like exclusivity in your glass, check out their signature cocktails.
The set lunch meals offer a diverse range of options with interesting names. I went for the “Unlocked” option, consisting of a course featuring Bamboo Chic’s Signature Salad, Miso Soup, Teppanyaki Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce, Chawanmushi (Japanese steamed egg) with steamed Jasmine Rice and a dessert/sweet of the day, all served with a complimentary glass of iced coffee. Prices range from VND 250,000 to VND 500,000.
I didn’t have to wait long before the signature salad and my coffee arrived, and the waitress carefully rearranged the table to ensure there was enough space for my food without even distracting me from my conversation — an excellent skill to master indeed.
The salad was great, even though I was never much of a salad person to begin with. The dressing went very well with the variety of leaves thrown in, and all the different textures made it look as delicious as it tasted.
The set arrived in a bento format and the first thing that struck me was the presentation. The array of colours and the aroma made me even hungrier than I was before I made the order.
The salmon was juicy, as it should be, and the teriyaki sauce provided a sweet aftertaste to the natural saltiness of the salmon. The rice reminded me of the bentos I enjoyed in Tokyo and Osaka. Although Bamboo Chic is a fusion restaurant, the attention to detail, presentation and taste of the food is inherently Japanese.
My only issue would be with the chawanmushi — it was a little too dry, slightly on the salty side and did not seem to match the high standards that were put in place for the other dishes.
The sweet of the day varies and the one I got was an excellent, and dangerously addictive, passion fruit pudding that was a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Although I went for the salmon, other set meals include vegetarian options like “Discovery”, with mapo tofu, “Cultured”, with caramelised pork ribs, “Connected”, with a more Cantonese fare featuring Hainanese Chicken Rice and for those looking for something raw, check out “Invented”, which features the chef’s choice of sashimi, nigiri sushi and maki.
The a la carte menu features more Chinese-inspired fare including dim sum, as well as different kinds of sushi rolls and sashimis. It’s a diverse menu which will certainly appeal to you, regardless of your cravings.
Bamboo Chic’s dinner menu is quite a sight too, featuring fulfilling set meals with vegetarian and a la carte options. Add that to a spectacular view of the night lights and a glass of one of their signature cocktails? You’ve got a romantic setting for a perfect date.
The restaurant scored 4.5 out 5 on TripAdvisor and 4.8 out of 5 on their own Facebook page. Most comments centre around the variety of food available, the stunning views and the weekend brunch experience.
Easily one of the best service you can find in Saigon, with excellent professionalism, presentation and choice of food with a stunning view and decor to match. Pricing is a little on the high side but the experience is worth the price tag. Score: 8.6/10
Bamboo Chic features a private room which is hidden from the main restaurant if you’re looking for privacy.