[Here is the photostream of Ho Chi Minh City 2015, for those who prefer pictures to tell a story. 🙂]
Holidays always come to an end too soon! Today was our last day. After breakfast at the hotel, we chilled a bit in our room before checking out. Left our luggage with the hotel, while we went for some final eats and drinks.
Hubby especially picked Hatvala Tea & Coffee for lunch, as it was supposed to specialise in tea 🙂 Unfortunately, due to the massive construction just outside the cafe, they have stopped serving food 😮 Nonetheless, the staff was very kind to allow us to bring in food from outside. So we went to the Banh Mi stall just next to the cafe, ordered a combination flavour Banh Mi (VND15,000), and brought it into the shop so that we could enjoy the drinks. Hubby had a Iced Latte (VND70,000), while I tried the Mountain Mist Tea (VND75,000).
We had redeemed a 1-for-1 voucher and were very excited to try the food here! Hubby wanted a medium rare Beef Tenderloin with Purple Potatoes, Honshimeji, Broad Beans, Cherry Tomatoes and Veal Jus ($46++), while I was very attracted by the Alaskan King Crab with Angel Hair, Black Truffle Cream and Candied Ginger ($38++).
Alaskan King Crab with Angel Hair
We totally loved the food here! The fresh crab meat was firm and juicy, and the sauce was so addictive with the pasta, that was of the right firmness… I cleaned the plate 😀 Hubby thought that the steak was done very nicely, very tender and flavourful!
While the usual prices were a little steep for ordinary dining, we gotta say that the quality of the food was really quite excellent 🙂 It would make a lovely choice for celebrations *hint hint hubby*
Flat Iron Soho branch
While doing research for London eateries, hubby came across this new craft butchery (opened in 2012) that serves remarkable steak specialising in the flat iron cut but does not take reservations, and there are always long queues.
So on this day when we just returned from Iceland the night before, we decided that we should go try our luck!
Having just gone to the Apple Store nearby, we arrived 10 minutes before opening and there were already 2 people waiting in line. By the time Flat Iron opened its doors at 12 noon, there were 3 groups, and all tourists… In fact, all Chinese from different countries, haha.
There were a few long tables on the ground level for sharing (there is also an upper level with more tables), but since it was relatively empty, each group had a table to themselves. Decorations were minimal, with the food menu stuck to the wall by each table.
Working late today so we ended up at Upper Thomson area again… This time, we decided to try Cafe Etc because of its late closing time!
Wifey left office rather late today and met me at Upper Thomson in the hope of having more food options in the late hours. We found that La Petite was rather quiet and empty tonight and since we had a pretty good experience the first time we tried it, we decided to give it another go!
La Petite Cuisine has 2 branches with the other one being at Serene Centre (strangely we walked past the Serene Centre branch twice last year and it looked like it’s closed down). They served quite affordable French cuisine and do not charge service charge and GST. Decor and ambiance is homely with red-white checkered table cloth, French paintings on the walls, and free-flow of self-service water. Menu is a simple piece of paper and you need to order and pay at the counter before food is served to you. There are indoor seats (6 tables) and alfresco seats along the walkway just outside the restaurant.