Exploring Gastronomic Delights

Six places foodies chow down in Vietnam and Canada.

An indispensable part of travel is experiencing unique cuisines. Whether you are in Vietnam or Canada, there are great places to explore with your family and friends. Here are six restaurants foodies enjoy.

Vietnam

Bếp Nhà Lục Tỉnh Restaurant

37 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Saigon.

Bếp Nhà Lục Tỉnh Restaurant (means The home kitchen of Six Provinces of Southern Vietnam), nestles in a small corner in the heart of crowded District 1. The alley leading to the restaurant is decorated to depict the rustic atmosphere of the Mekong Delta. Step into the elegant space and you’ll be separated from the noisy sounds of the city. Inspired by the typical home kitchens of the Six Provinces of Southern Vietnam, the menu offers customers iconic western Vietnamese dishes. Remarkable dishes include caramelized fish sauce with đọt choại (stenochlaena palustris, a medicinal fern), Vietnamese shrimp with tamarind leaf soup, bánh bèo (a fern-shaped cake), or bánh đúc gân (Vietnamese pandan rice cake). Trusty Vietnamese local sweets are also served here, such as cendol rainbow dessert with coconut milk. Average prices are 200,000 – 500,000 VND/dish.

The Alley Cocktail Bar & Kitchen

63/1 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Saigon.

This is a small but cozy space scattered with wooden tables. Near the entrance, there is a small stage where musicians share their talents every night. From the mezzanine, with four or five tables for two, customers can enjoy the performances below. On the ground floor, there is a bar area, with about 10 seats. If you are feeling lonely, you can come and chit chat with the bartenders. “It not only offers you a place to get together with friends, but you can enjoy delicious wine and enjoy some music,” says the owner. Average prices are from 70,000 -400,000 VND, equal to $4 – $23 CND.

Thai Somtum Der restaurant

136 Pasteur, District 1, Saigon.

SomTum Der is a famous Thai restaurant with locations in Bangkok, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, and now Saigon. It serves the cuisine of Northeast Thailand, including popular dishes such as Pad Thai, Tom yum noodles, Der-style fried chicken and catfish papaya salad. The restaurant’s dish of grilled pork with coconut milk is also recommended. Located on a busy street in the heart of District 1, Thai SomTum Der attracts many young people on weekends. The airy and comfortable space offers wooden tables and has two floors and a small balcony decorated with plants. Prices range from 30,000 – 200,000 VND.

Canada

Khao San Road

11 Charlotte St., Toronto.

There is nothing better than hot, spicy Thai flavours on cold, snowy winter days. Khao San Road serves dishes such as Tom yum soup, traditional papaya salad, and spicy green, golden or red curries with coconut. The restaurant also offers a wide range of cocktails and drinks. The restaurant takes its name from Khao San Road, the most bustling street in Thailand, well known for night activities and street-food vendors. A memorable experience for visitors to Thailand, the busy atmosphere of Khao San Road is re-created right in the heart of Toronto. Average prices are around $11.45 – $20 CND.

Joey

various locations accross Canada.

Are you looking for a place where you can immerse yourself in a world of cool cocktails and eye-catching dishes? JOEY is a suitable choice, with a little snack and a few glasses of rosé wine and some signature cocktails. Joey is designed with a mixture of Canadian and Amerian style to bring harmony to its customers. With a few of your close friends, come, enjoy some music and create pleasant memories. For those who want to share the food, choose calamari fritti or tandoori chicken flatbread. For the main dish, fill up with a BBQ salmon rice bowl. The combination of sesame, mushrooms and white radishes enhances the taste of fresh salmon. Other dishes include steaks, sushi, and burgers. The Joey chain is in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Washington state. Average prices are around $10 – $40 CND.

Fishman Lobster Clubhouse

4020 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1S 3T6, Canada

For seafood, especially Canadian lobster lovers, this restaurant is a must. Choose your own live lobster at the counter and the skillful chef will prepare it and bring it to your table. The lobster comes cooked in many ways, including steamed, fried with garlic or salt, deep-fried, or Hong Kong-style. Along with the lobster, you can enjoy a plate of stir-fried noodles or fried rice. Fishman Lobster Clubhouse restaurant is often crowded. Make sure you have a reservation to avoid a long wait. Meals are around $100 CND per person for dinner and $50 CND for lunch.

By Alex Tu

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