Restaurant Congee Rice Noodles – Melaka

We had our late lunch at this restaurant today, just after it opened at 3pm. This was our first visit and we were happy to find somewhere air-conditioned, where we could eat in comfort shielded from the scorching heat outside. 
The prices of the dishes here are slightly more pricy than what we can find in the vicinity, but still reasonable as the portions are sizable. 

We ordered 6 dishes in total: Marmite Chicken (Rating: 8/10 a bit too much sauce), Cereal Prawns (8/10 not enough cereal), Kum Heong Lala (9/10 flavourful with good balance of spices), Gong Bao Frog Legs (8/10), Signature Toufu (8/10 simple but well executed), Seaweed Soup (7/10, decent but not outstanding).

There were so many other dishes we wanted to order, the food photos looked so tasty, but I guess we would have to come back another day to try. 

All in all, we think this is a great find. There is something here for everyone. Our kids were all raving about their respective dishes and they asked to come back!

Cobalt Restaurant, Pullman Saigon City

This restaurant is on the 30th floor of the Pullman Saigon City, and it offers some spectacular unblocked views of Ho Chi Minh City. This is a classy restaurant, featuring a whole wall of wine displayed elegantly in a glass cabinet. The spread of food here, however, is disappointingly limited, without any local cuisine or even the standard western fish & chips or burgers. In the end, we settled for two pastas (there were only three pasta options) and a Lobster Bisque soup. The meal came with bread and spread as an appetizer, which was delicious. The soup was thick and tasty as well, with nice texture. The pastas were nice with generous portions of ingredients.

Summary:

Lobster Bisque with Beignets VND235,000 Rating 7/10

Spaghetti with Clams in White Wine Sauce VND315,000 Rating 8/10

Orrecchietti with Italian Sausage and Goat Cheese VND315,000 Rating 8/10

Total bill VND432,499 (After Accor Plus 50% off)

Royal Saigon Restaurant, HCMC

We wanted to try this restaurant because of its high rating on Tripadvisor, and we braved the pouring rain to get to the restaurant for an early dinner at about 5pm. When we arrived, the restaurant was completely empty and we proceeded to a slightly bigger table with 4 seats. The male wait staff (who previously didn’t even bother showing us to our seats) came to us and now insisted that we take a smaller table with two seats. We complied, not wanted to be uncooperative. 
We then ordered our food and hoped for the best. Frankly, the food was rather disappointing, the platter and rolls we ordered were ordinary at best. Too dry, burnt at some parts and not enough herb taste. The Pho Bo was overly salty and ironically not sufficiently flavourful. The only saving grace was the Bun Thit Nuong, which was well done. 

Over all, we feel that this restaurant is rather overrated. You can get much better Vietnam food at the price you will be paying here. We left the restaurant full but unsatisfied, with a consensus that we won’t be coming back.

Summary:

“Welcome to Vietnam” Platter – Fried spring rolls with pork meat, fried wonton, grilled minced pork skewers, quail eggs coated with seafood and rice, shrimp wrapped in potato, fresh spring rolls with shrimp and pork. VND90,000 (5/10)

Bo la lot – Traditional minced beef-pork & betel leaf rolls VND50,000 (3/10)

Bun thit nuong – Rice noodles with pork, spring roll, fresh salad, cucumber, pickled carrots, peanuts and fish sauce dip VND65,000 (8/10)

Pho Bo – Beef noodle soup with fresh herbs VND50,000 (4/10)

1.5l Bottled Water VND30,000