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Le Bordeaux, Ho Chi Minh City

72 D2 Street
Binh Thanh District
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: 84 8 899 9831's insider take:

Tourists don't seem to know about this lovely two-story restaurant a ten-minute taxi ride from District 1's Lam Son Square. The city's affluent foodies leaf through the latest editions of Paris Match in the stylish ground-floor lounge and then climb the sweeping staircase for superbly plated, unapologetically French entrées like scallops "St. Jacques" casserole and duck confit with sautéed potatoes. Less traditional options include seared sliced beef with an endive and ginger salad or a foie gras terrine with fig chutney. The tables are piled with hedges of fresh roses, while Chinese porcelain and vintage travel posters decorate the walls. Ratchet up the romance further by booking one of the three tables-for-two lining the narrow balcony. Reservations recommended for dinner.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Sundays and Mondays 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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