LUA Saigon, District 2

HO CHI MINH CITY | I recently visited exciting new opening LUA Saigon. The wine bar and eatery opened four months ago, and has quietly been building a reputation amongst locals in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2, for its unique offering.

The two young gun owners, who prefer to remain relatively anonymous and let their venue do the talking, are super passionate about what they’re doing at LỬA, which was evident when I chatted with them, and throughout the night.

It’s a casual spot, focused on a constantly changing selection of seasonal Vietnamese / French inspired share plates, made using the best quality local ingredients. Accompanying the food is a focused selection of wines from like minded wine makers, including special biodynamic house wines and kombuchas.

Everything thing is organically grown, and sourced from small, independent producers. A particular focus are the various pork dishes. LỬA sources entire free range pigs from a biodynamic farm in Vietnam’s south, and proceeds to use the entire animal for a variety of things on the menu. The wild boar meatballs with pickled egg yolk, and house charcuterie board were both recommended to me as items that the owners are particularly proud of, and they don’t disappoint. This is high quality, delicious stuff, as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world.

As much as traditional street food is a key part of Vietnam’s dining fabric, so too is the contemporary, forward thinking food that the country’s young chefs are creating. If you’re visiting Ho Chi Minh City, be sure to put LỬA on your list.

LUA Saigon

2 Đường số 11
District 2
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 932 229 342
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sat: 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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