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Cuc Gach Quan

10 Dang Tat
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
TEL: 84 8 3848-0144

Owned by architect Tran Binh and his French-Vietnamese wife, Thai Tu-Tho, Binh acquired a derelict colonial mansion and reimagined it as an indoor-outdoor fantasia, blending historic details (antique armoires; a wall map of 1960’s Saigon) with contemporary touches (gorgeous lighting; a floating staircase) to create a strikingly romantic space—a gauzy, soft-focus realm that plays with one’s sense of time. Pre-1975 Vietnamese folk plays on a vintage reel-to-reel tape machine. A flowering cherry tree in the courtyard provides the fragrance. But graceful interiors are a dime a dozen in Saigon. It’s the cooking that makes Cuc Gach Quan remarkable. From an open kitchen, the chefs, Co Diep and Chi Bay, send out a phenomenal thit kho to, or clay-pot-stewed pork belly; intensely flavored but not at all heavy, it tingles the tongue then melts in the mouth. Eggplant cooked in scallion oil is deliciously smoky and tender. Diep’s cloudlike house-made tofu is lightly fried with lemongrass, shallots, and chiles, creating a sauce worth bottling and smuggling home.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Dinner
  • Destination Dining
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Lunch
  • Local Favorite
  • Patio/Outdoor Seating
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Private Room Available
  • Romantic

Cuisine Type:: Vietnamese

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