QUNICE Saigon, District 1

HO CHI MINH CITY | Serendipity is perhaps the best work to describe how I ended up enjoying a rather brilliant meal at QUNICE Saigon a few weeks ago. I was aimlessly wandering the streets of District 1, Saigon, when a beautiful French Colonial era building caught my eye. I posted about it on my IG feed, and before long was contacted bb head chef and co-owner, Julien Perraudin.

He’s the co-owner and head chef at Quince, the restaurant inside the building. He’s a French chef, who spent a decade in Melbourne from 2004-15 before moving to South East Asia. Pop in he said, if you’re keen, and have a feed. It’s on me. Looking at the rather brilliant menu of, it turns out, quite an acclaimed restaurant, how could I say no.

Two days later, I was seated at the kitchen, with full view of the multiple custom built charcoal grills and fire pits, and I knew that I was in for a treat.

Quince is all about delicious things cooked over fire, and is an offshoot of the award-winning restaurant of the same name. It offers a broadly European menu informed by local produce and flavours. For Australians, imagine if NOMAD opened a restaurant In Vietnam. The food here is exceptional. Ingredients locally sourced where possible, but not exclusively so. You’ll find figs from small scale farms in Da Lat, but also Australian O’Connor, and veggies from France, Australia, and beyond. It’s about ensuring that you get the best quality meal possible, and boy do Julien and the team deliver.

The way that Julien and the team fuse European dishes with local influences is brilliant. Be it scallops prepared tonkatsu style, with smoked marrow and seaweed, or spicy salmon nori ‘tacos’.

It’s all inspired, delicious, and week worth your time if you find yourself in Ho Chi Minh City and looking for a change after several days of strictly Vietnamese dining. Make sure you head upstairs to Madam Kew post dinner for a post dinner cocktail. The negroni up there are particularly good.


37bis Ky Con, P. Nguyen Thai Binh
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 28 3821 6681
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 5:30am to 11:00pm

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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