6 newly-opened bars, restaurants in Saigon expat hub

Madam Lam Restaurant recently opened in Thao Dien area, featuring traditional Vietnamese red-tiled roofs, yellow walls and sets of wooden tables.

Award-winning chef Nguyen Nhu Cuong treats guests with traditional Vietnamese dishes like hen xao xuc banh da (chopped clams eaten on rice crackers), ca chem nuong la trau (sea bass served with savory cassava mash), and goi buoi thanh long do (grapefruit salad served in a hollowed-out dragon fruit).

Some signature dishes worth a try include com tam (broken rice with grilled pork tenderloin, shredded pork skin, pork pie), cha gio cua lot (soft-shell crab spring rolls), jelly fish salads and traditional desserts like Vietnamese cassava cake.

Prices range from VND70,000-300,000 per dish.

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