Cuc Gach Quan

July 11, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Cuc Gach Quan
92B Thach Thi Thanh Street
Tan Dinh Ward
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam

10 Dang Tat Street
Tan Dinh Ward
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam


http://www.cucgach.com.vn/


Excellent Home Cooked Vietnamese Dishes & Great Service

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 10
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 9
Value for Money: 10
Spent about VND ₫150,000 / SGD $10 per person.


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With a name that means "Brick Restaurant", Cuc Gach Quan is a Vietnamese restaurant that specialises in home cooked, country style, traditional Vietnamese food, served in a French colonial setting. Founded in 2009 by Mr. Tran Binh, the architect-owner, alongside Ms. Tu-Tho Thai, Cuc Gach Quan is an ode to his grandmother's country home, an attractive mix of rustic nostalgia atmosphere, delicious authentic Vietnamese food, and excellent service. Little surprise that most visitors to Cuc Gach Quan rave about it, and it regularly makes lists of 'must-visit' restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!

Ambience at Cuc Gach Quan (Dang Tat) is rustic, eclectic, and cozy. The beautifully restored French colonial building feels homely. The interior feels like a small museum, there's just so many things to see here! From the open kitchen, to the small pond in the middle of the house, the nostalgic movie equipment, the rustic wooden furniture, the colourful floor tiles, the retro artwork, the floors of varying heights, and all the small touches... Cuc Gach Quan is a visual feast for the eyes.

Service at Cuc Gach Quan (Dang Tat) is incredibly good, surpassing that of even the best fine dining restaurants. As a start, the staff here are educated in English, and the menu has English descriptions of each dish. Furthermore, staff are incredibly knowledgable on the extensive menu (with over 100 items!), and I highly recommend that you speak to them before ordering. They're able to make accurate and sound recommendations, based on your dietary requirements and even mood! Orders are fulfilled within 15 minutes, and empty / dirty tables are cleared quickly as well.

Food at Cuc Gach Quan (Dang Tat) is delicious. Focus is on fresh ingredients, prepared in traditional, country side style. Most popular Vietnamese dishes aren't on the menu, and you'll have to be open to trying new things. Taste in general is above average, not the best out there, but still very good. Cuc Gach Quan (Dang Tat) is more restaurant style, while Cuc Gach Quan (Thach Thi Thanh) is more casual, with a fixed menu. Portions are small, and it's recommended to order several dishes when visiting. Prices are reasonable for a restaurant, though more expensive than most places in Ho Chi Minh City, budget about VND ₫150,000 / SGD $10 per person for a meal here.


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The place is beautifully designed and laid-out, spacious yet cozy, busy yet personal, with so many interesting things to admire. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are known to have visited Cuc Gach Quan (Dang Tat) in 2010, and it's no wonder why! Reservations in advance are highly recommended, else you'll get turned away by the burly bouncers outside!

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A straight forward Beer Saigon Special, served on ice. Staff will check on the ice level in your glass, and top up more ice if it's low.

Beer Saigon Special



The freshness of the Bi Ngo Hoa Chien Xao / Stir-Fried Pumpkin Flowers is addictive, as is the interesting contrast of crunchy stems and chewy flowers... great texture! Locals say it's not easy to find this dish outside of Vietnam, so I'm glad I had the chance to try it here!

Bi Ngo Hoa Chien Xao / Stir-Fried Pumpkin Flowers



The cold Che Nhan Nhuc / Lotus Seed And Longan Soup is a refreshing dessert. The chilled sweet soup is filled with lotus seeds, lotus roots, re-hydrated longans, clear seaweed jelly (Agar-Agar), and is tasty and nourishing.

Che Nhan Nhuc / Lotus Seed And Longan Soup 01


Che Nhan Nhuc / Lotus Seed And Longan Soup 02



Loved the highly recommended Cua Lot Rang Me / Tamarind Soft Shell Crab, which didn't disappoint! Coated in a tangy, sour tamarind sauce, the soft shell crab crunches nicely, then your palate is hit by the burst of flavour that is so tasty! The dish is non-greasy, and pairs really well with the free flow white rice!

Cua Lot Rang Me / Tamarind Soft Shell Crab






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