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Saigontourist Cuisine For Public Holidays

Many hotels and resorts, managed by Saigontourist Holding Company, launch special gastronomic events to welcome the upcoming public holidays, April 30 and May 1

Palace Hotel Saigon (56 Nguyen Hue Blvd., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38292860)

The hotel’s Calibre Restaurant will serve special cuisine from April 28 to May 1. The set menu consists of a variety of dishes such as cow’s tail soup, scallop and crab meat soup, salmon with butter and lemon sauce, and grilled Wayu beef with butter and lemon sauce.

Complimentary wine or a 10% discount will be offered to groups of at least five people. During the dinners, customers also enjoy a music show and children can play games at a separate corner for themselves.

Binh Quoi 2 Resort (at the end of Binh Quoi St., Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC. Tel: 08.35565470)

Special dinner buffets featuring typical seaside dishes and new grilled dishes will be served at Binh Quoi 2 Resort from April 28 until May 1. More than 60 dishes are available.

Diners are also entertained with a live music show from 6-8 p.m. Buffet tickets cost VND120,000 (US$5.7) for a child and VND210,000 for an adult. One ticket is given to customers if they buy 20 tickets.
Customers can also book a boat tour from Binh Quoi 2 Resort to see riverscapes along both sides of the Saigon River.

Saigon-Halong Hotel (Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province. Tel: 033.3845845)

Buffets with grilled dishes will be served at Saigon-Halong Hotel on the nights of April 29 and April 30. The buffets are coupled with music shows.

Buffet tickets for the April 29 buffet are priced at VND400,000 and VND250,000, and for the April 30 buffet, at VND495,000 and VND300,000.

Grand Hotel Saigon (8 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1, HCMC. Tel: 08.38294046)

• Grand Café serves barbecue buffets on its terrace every day from 6-10:30 p.m. Outstanding dishes include Australian beef, giant river prawn and lamb rib.

Ticket prices, VND890,000 for an adult and VND590,000 for a child, include wine, a soft drink and mineral water. During the happy hours, from 2-5 p.m. every day, Grand Café donates a cocktail for each cocktail bought.

• The newly opened Saigon Palace Restaurant, built with modern and classical French architecture, serves dinner buffets with European and Asian dishes every day from 6-10 p.m. The buffets are accompanied with live music shows, jazz music on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Flamenco music on Fridays and Sundays. Buffet ticket prices are VND729,000, including wine, a soft drink and mineral water. A 20% discount is given to customers until June 15.

• Eden Rock Bar serves exclusive cocktails along with entertainment games such as table tennis and darts. The bar offers a 20% discount until May 31.

Apart from special events of its restaurants, cafés and bars, Grand Hotel will also cut room rates by 10-20% for bookings conducted in May. Accordingly, the room charge will be from VND2,303,000+++/night, and this promotion lasts until July 31. The room rates include mineral water, tea, coffee, fresh fruits and wifi Internet. (by Dat Tien - The Saigon Times - April 30, 2012)

New food programs at Grand Saigon

The Grand Hotel Saigon, under management of Saigontourist, a fabulous venue for food and accommodation in HCMC, is preparing food programs for this Easter weekend and the forthcoming Reunification Day holidays on April 30 and May 1.

For Easter Sunday, the hotel will host two buffet parties. The first will be rocked along with entertainment programs, a cocktail show and circus and juggling performances at the Grand Cafe located on the top floor.

A second buffet will be hosted at the Saigon Palace Restaurant on the second floor priced at VND529,000++per guest for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and VND729,000++ per guest for dinner from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The BBQ buffet at the Grand Cafe from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will cost VND890,000++ per guest.

For Reunification Day on April 30, the hotel will introduce to guests a buffet program themed ‘Past and Now’ featuring Southern specialties, pulsed along with a music show at the Saigon Palace Restaurant.

Admission costs VND529,000++ per guest for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and VND729,000++ per guest for dinner from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..

The BBQ party at the Grand Cafe from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will cost VND990,000++ per guest for admission.

The buffets include wine, soft drinks and mineral water.

The Grand Cafe is suggested as an ideal place for guests to take in a panoramic view of Saigon’s bustling streets, enjoy tasty cocktails, snacks as well as enjoy jazz and flamenco music. The cafe also has a BBQ buffet on Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission is VND890,000++ per adult, inclusive of drinks and VND690,000++ per adult, exclusive of drinks and VND590,000++ per child, inclusive of drinks.

The Grand Hotel Saigon is located at 8 Dong Khoi Street in District 1, tel: 3823 0163, email: banquetsales@grandhotel.vn (By Tien Dat in HCMC - The SaigonTimes - April 7, 2012)

Hong Kong crustaceans in Saigon

New World Saigon’s Dynasty restaurant has launched a Hong Kong Crustacean promotion.

On this occasion, the Chinese kitchen is offering 10 authentic Hong Kong style dishes made of local crustacean products.

Last Friday, Vietweek interviewed Ho Wing Sang, Chinese Executive sous chef, about his recipes for the promotion.

Chef Ho’s two signatures are Hong Kong style roasted crab and River shrimp with asparagus.

This Hong Kong chef has been working at New World hotel in Vietnam for 17 years. He said he cooks authentic Hong Kong food from local ingredients while applying French food presentation art.

According to chef Ho, the first dish, Hong Kong style roasted crab, was created in Hong Kong around 50 years ago. At that time, Hong Kong started developing rapidly so cuisine art also bloomed.

Ingredients for the dish include two live crabs, one spoon of Chinese black beans, 20 grams of dried Japanese scallops, one spoon of garlic, 10 grams of fresh chili and cooking oil, salt and chicken powder.

Firstly, the garlic is fried until it turns yellow and releases a nice fragrance.

Then the dried scallops are steamed for 90 minutes. After that, they are shredded into tiny pieces for pan frying together with garlic.

Chinese black bean are marinated with soy sauce before being sun-dried.

Then comes the crab roasting. Firstly, the crab is separated into four parts, washed and drained before roasting. After, a little frying powder is added to the crab to avoid the oil burning.

A little salt is put with the crabs in a hot pan full of oil for five minutes until it turns a red-yellow color.

Finally the dish is presented with a roasted crab in the middle of a plate dressed with stir-fried shredded scallops with garlic and black soy beans.

Then comes the second dish, roasted shrimp with asparagus.

Ingredients for this dish include two blue river shrimps, green asparagus, one chili, one spoon of garlic, cooking oil, salt, chicken powder and pepper.

Firstly, the chef uses scissors to cut shrimp's head into two pieces.

To avoid oil burning while roasting, the shrimp head is washed and dried before roasting.

After that the shrimp's body is stir-fried with asparagus and spices. Finally the dish will be presented on a dish and served hot.

Chef Ho said that during this Crustacean promotion he will introduce 10 dishes made of crab, lobster, shrimp, and snails cooked with Chinese herbal medicine.

He also plans to cook dishes not on the menu.

During the interview, Chef Ho spoke good Vietnamese. He explained that he has been speaking Vietnamese at home with his children.

And he also said that when he eats out he likes to study the menu at local restaurants and then learn to cook the Vietnamese dishes.

The Hong Kong chef said southern Vietnamese dishes like ca kho to (fish in clay pot) and canh chua ca (sweet and sour fish soup), lau ca keo (fish hot pot) are his favorites and can cook them well. (By To Van Nga - Thanh Nien News - The story can be found in the March 9th issue of our print edition, Vietweek)

NEW WORLD SAIGON HOTEL
76 Le Lai Sreet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Spirit of the sea

Relaxing moments are easy to come by at this tranquil riverside post within Vietnam’s busy southern hub

Located on the Thanh Da Peninsula along Ho Chi Minh City’s romantic riverside, the Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area boasts a miniature fishing village within the busy city where couples and families enjoy weekend gatherings.

The area is among the most popular tourist destinations in the southern Vietnam thanks to its scenic atmosphere of the river, green lawns, lily ponds and coconut trees.

Binh Quoi 2’s offers specialized services for entertainment, sports, quaint bungalows and first class restaurants, which attract locals and foreigners eager to temporarily escape their busy lives wandering on well kept lawns, taking photos, enjoying quiet moments and eating elegant meals.

The tourist village cuisine features a host of delicacies from northern, central and southern Vietnam.

The “Tasty Dishes of the Sea” buffet, which is available only on weekends, is exceedingly popular among tourists. The chefs follow the time honored recipes from the fishing villages of Vietnam’s central coast to prepare squid, prawns, fish, crab, flower crab and snails.

The buffet includes seafood soup, green papaya salad with shrimp, kohlrabi salad, grilled ark shell with green onion oil, ark shell with hot and sour sauce, sea snails stir-fried in coconut milk and apple snails grilled with pepper.

For dessert, the buffet has sweet soup with coconut milk or agar-agar Jelly and pomegranate seeds, taro, cassava, green bean and sweet potato, sweet green bean soup and fresh fruit.

In addition to all the great food, customers rave about the restaurant’s relaxing ambiance, rural and peaceful, decorated with fishnets, fishing rods and boats.

Customers can also enjoy the sumptuous buffet outdoors amid the cool breezes coming off the Saigon River or even have their meal onboard a tourist boat floating on the water.

The Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area also features tennis courts, a swimming pool, as well as concerts featuring traditional folk music and other entertainment.

The buffet costs VND210,000 adults and VND120,000 for children under 1.2 meters tall.

To enjoy the flavors of seafood delicacies and begin accumulating your own warm memories, visit Binh Quoi 2 Tourist Area at the end of Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

For more information, call (08) 3 556 5470. (By Nguyet Anh - Thanh Nien News - The story can be found in the March 9th issue of our print edition, Vietweek)

Ladies’ treats at Caravelle in March 

Ho Chi Minh City’s Caravelle Hotel will start its March promotions with a fresh buffet for Women’s Day.

On March 8, the Nineteen Restaurant buffet will feature local and international specialties prepared by male chefs at the hotel.

The dishes will be cooked to order, including saffron marinated fish filet with almonds and golden raisins, garlic and herb butter grilled butterfly river prawns, and mustard crusted beef medallion with shallot comfit.

There will be an extensive spread of entrees, salads, seafood and cheeses, besides a white chocolate fountain.

The Women’s Day buffet on the ground floor costs VND1,013,000++ (US$48++) a person.

Following Women’s Day, the Reflections Restaurant on the third floor will feature a one-week US Beef Feast until March 16.

Prices range between VND450,000-990,000 ($47) for 150g to 350g cuts. Steaks will be cooked to order on a charcoal grill.

Each serving includes three cuts of US beef tenderloin, rib eye and strip loin, with accompanying sauces.

Between March 12-18, the hotel’s Lobby Lounge is preparing takeaway boxes of egg tarts, a Hong Kong delicacy.

Each box of eight or 16 pieces goes for VND418,000 or VND638,000 ($35).

Next, live ocean-catch seafood on ice will be available for sampling at the rooftop Saigon Saigon Bar from March 15 to 21.

Lobster, fresh chucked oysters, crab, prawns, green mussels and baby clams will be available with a selection of smoked salmon, scallops and breaded fried squid for VND880,000++ ($42++) for two people.

More excitement will return to the 9th floor bar at the end of the month, as well as on the last Saturday of every month this year, with a Cuban-themed Carnival Party starting at 9 p.m.

The carnival bash will go with potent cocktails, samba dancers in costumes and non-stop music from Cuban bands Luna Negra and Warapo.

Caravelle is also offering a room promotion with free daily buffet breakfast and one-way airport pick up until the end of June.

The package is for a minimum three night stay in a deluxe room at VND4,240,000++ ($203++) for a single and VND4,670,000++ ($224++) for a double. (Thanh Nien News - February 24, 2012)

Food programs for Xmas and New Year celebrations

Saigontourist’s hotels, restaurants and tourist areas are rolling up their sleeves to offer attractive food programs for Christmas and New Year, coupled with arts programs and promotions.
Oscar Hotel, 68A Nguyen Hue Boulevard, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3829 2959

The Starlight on the eleventh floor will hold a buffet program from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on December 24 and 31. The buffet has more than 30 dishes and will be rocked along by a music and dance show by Christmas Carol band. Tickets are priced at VND600,000 per adult and VND300,000 per child, inclusive of drinks and ice-cream.

Thien Hong Hotel, 52 Tan Da, HCMC’s District 5, tel: (08) 3855 3472

Thien Hong Restaurant will host a buffet featuring more than 30 Vietnamese and Chinese dishes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 24 and from 11 p.m. on December 31. The program will also include a music and dance show called ‘Angel’s ballet.’ Admission is VND259,000 per adult and VND149,000 per child, inclusive of drinks, ice-cream. Guests buying ten tickets will get one free.

Dong Khanh Hotel, 2 Tran Hung Dao B Street, HCMC’s District 5, tel: (08) 3923 6404

A buffet with more than 40 selected dishes such as seafood pate with olive, Salami olive,  Italian – Russian salads, French seafood soup, Italian styled fried fish, steamed chicken with wine and many fresh seafood made on guests’ demand will be prepared at the hotel from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on December 24. The ticket price is VND359,000 per adult and VND219,000 per child. Those purchasing ten tickets three days ahead of the program will get one free and one day in advance,  a 5% discount.

Saigon Ship Restaurant, Bach Dang Wharf, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3823 0393

A buffet for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations will be organized on December 24, 31 and January 1 with traditional dishes such as pumpkin soup, roasted turkey with honey, grilled lamb, rabbit cooked with wine and Christmas cakes. The ship will pick up guests at 5:30 p.m., depart at 8:30 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. While enjoying foods, guests can listen to music, and see fire dance, juggling and circus performances.

Tickets are priced at VND600,000 per adult and VND300,000 per child.

Saigon Hotel, 41 Dong Du Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3822 4845

The hotel will prepare a buffet party with many animated circus, juggling performances and games with Santa Claus from 7:30 p.m. on December 24 and 31. Admission is VND499,000 per adult, VND349,000 per child for Christmas, and VND599,000 per adult and VND419,000 per child for New Year. Each guest will be given one bottle of wine and those purchasing ten tickets will get one free.

Van Thanh Tourist Area, 48/10 Dien Bien Phu Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3512 3025

Guests will be served Christmas and New Year parties in a spacious and romantic garden area. The buffet program will be rocked along with a music show by Flamenco band and a lucky draw. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on December 24 and 31 and will cost VND550,000 per adult and VND300,000 per child.

Hoang Gia Restaurant, 12D Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3829 4846

The restaurant will hold a party called ‘Christmas 360 degrees’ with more than 100 dishes made of Western, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. Guests will be entertained with a live music show featuring Christmas carols.

Guests will get 10% discount when booking before December 24.

Lion Restaurant, 11 Lam Son Square, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3823 8514

Guests will be feasted a buffet program featuring more than 40 dishes and accompanied with a music show. The program will occur on December 24 and 31 and cost VND649,000 per adult and VND379,000 per child.

Palace Saigon, 56-66 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3829 2860

At the Ballroom on December 24, guests can attend a buffet and live music shows on December 24 and 31 with a ticket costing VND1.1 million per adult and VND500,000 per child.

At the Golden Palace Restaurant, guests will be served a seafood buffet for Christmas on December 24 and another buffet with more than 50 tasty dishes with draught beer on December 31. Adults will pay VND800,000 each while the price for kids is just one half.

At the Calibre Charner, there will be attractive buffets in an animated festive atmosphere by music shows. Ticket prices are VND690,000 per adult, VND490,000 per child for December 24 and VND990,000 per adult VND690,000 per child for Dec. 31.

Bong Sen Saigon Hotel, 117-123 Dong Khoi Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: 3829 1516

A Christmas buffet along with violin, music, bartender, circus and juggling performances will be held at the Lotus Center. Guests will be given a mask and join a lucky draw. Tickets are priced at VND700,000 per adult and VND350,000 per child.

‘Celebration Buffet’ program will be at the Buffet Ganh Restaurant from Dec.  20 to January 1. Tickets sell for VND259,000 per adult and VND130,000 per child for buffet lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and VND390,000 per adult and VND195,000 per child for buffet dinner.

On December 24 and 31 evenings, guests will have a chance to enjoy juggling and music shows. So, tickets are priced at VND490,000 per adult for buffet dinner.

Bier Garden Restaurant, 125 Dong Khoi Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3521 0691

The restaurant will host Christmas and New Year celebrations with music shows of Philippines band. Tickets are priced at VND650,000++/set.

Vietnam House Restaurant, 93-95 Dong Khoi Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3829 1623, and Lemongrass, 4 Nguyen Thiep Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: (08) 3822 0496

On December 24 and 31, the restaurants will prepare tasty set menus accompanied with ethnic music shows. Tickets are priced at VND890,000++/set.

Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort and Spa, 1 Tran Hung Dao Street, Phu Quoc Island, Kien Giang Province, tel: (077) 3846 999

The resort will host a party on the beach from 6:30 p.m. for Christmas and New Year’s Eve with more than 50 selected dishes. Guests are promised to have unforgettable moment beaches game, and dancing shows.

Tickets are priced at VND1.86 million per adult and VND840,000 per child.

Yasaka-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel, 18 Tran Phu Street, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, tel: (058) 820090

The hotel will host buffet parties along with music shows, juggling, disguising performances from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 24 and from 9:30 p.m. on December 31. (By Dat Tien in HCMC - The Saigon Times - December 22, 2011)

Rex hotel to host fashion model festival

“Fashion Model Vietnam” (FMV) will be held on December 29 at the five-star Rex Hotel in HCMC under the arrangement of Unesco Vietnam, according to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper.

Popular designers, models and artists will join the event aimed at honoring those with great contributions to the fashion industry at home and abroad from 2002 until present.

The festival is expected to help strengthen links among industry players, introduce new fashion trends, look for talents, and improve the community’s cultural life.

The event will also feature a music and dance show which will be attended by local pop singers like Hong Nhung and Ho Ngoc Ha. (The Saigon Times - December 22, 2011)

New World brings diners Mediterranean culinary tour

A special promotion of Mediterranean cuisine will run at the New World Hotel Saigon in HCMC’s District 1 from November 9 to 20.

The promotion features food from Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Lebanon and North Africa surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with fish, fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain, nuts and beans on the menu. They are healthy choices which are rich in unsaturated oils, low in cholesterol and high in fiber and carbohydrates.

The hotel will also offer one lucky diner the chance to win a Mediterranean food hamper filled with pasta, oils, wine, cooking sauces, olives and cold cuts worth more than VND625,000. The dinner buffet is priced at VND950,000++. For reservations, call: 3822 8888. (The Saigon Times - November 10, 2011)

6,800 nights at Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort & Spa

Phu Quoc Island, the peaceful tropical paradise in the warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, is well known for its stunning beaches, untouched natural environment, splendid surroundings and fantastic scuba diving, snorkeling and beach massage services. For accommodation during the holidays in the island, the Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort and Spa is the place to book, especially at this time.

The resort has announced it will sell 6,800 nights on the cheap for online guests booking on the resort’s website. So from now to December 31, guests can book rooms from VND2.1 million per night, depending on time and room types. The price includes tax, buffet breakfast, pick-up service to and from the airport and another 25 attractive services.

Phu Quoc Island is the pearl of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang and as such the Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort and Spa attracts a large volume of guests every year not only due to its high-end facilities but also its flexible policies and attractive services. The resort always upgrades its facility as much as it can, so from a resort with 35 rooms at three-star standard at first, it now boasts 100 rooms and villas at four-star standard.

The resort, an affiliate of Saigontourist Holding Company, also has conference centers, sport facilities and restaurants. It is a pioneer on the island offering attractive tourist products such as boat fishing, diving for corals and trekking in primeval forests.

The Saigon-Phu Quoc Resort & Spa is located at 1 Tran Hung Dao St., Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc District, Kien Giang Province. Tel: 0773.846999, email: sgphuquocresort@hcm.vnn.vn, website: www.vietnamphuquoc.com (By Dat Tien in HCMC - The Saigon Times - November 3, 2011)

New Gastronomic, Promotion Programs

Three subsidiaries of Saigontourist Holding Company in HCM City launch gastronomic services with incentives for customers

Halloween Night at Can Gio Resort

Can Gio Resort will celebrate Halloween Festival at its Broccoli Restaurant on the night of October 29.
The event, Halloween Night, which lasts from 6:30-9:00 p.m., features 25 dishes for the traditional annual Western festival.

Customers in the Halloween costumes will be given free of charge either a glass of Bloody Mary wine or a glass of soft drink. The two most impressively dressed people—one man and one woman—will be each awarded a prize. To take part in the Halloween Night, customers must buy a ticket of VND190,000.

The three-star resort gives one free ticket for every 10 tickets bought before October 20. It also offers a 50% discount for booking rooms for October 29 before October 20 and a 30% discount if rooms are booked for October 29 before October 25.

Can Gio Resort, located by Can Gio Beach and about 50 kilometers from downtown HCM City, is an ideal place to enjoy a vacation in which tourists will discover a primeval mangrove forest (a UNESCO-certified biosphere reserve) and visit places of interest. Its restaurants can serve Asian and European cuisines, especially seafood and local specialties, to thousands of diners at the same time.

Saigon Hotel’s special buffet

Saigon Hotel will serve a special lunch buffet at its restaurant on the Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20).
The buffet with more than 35 selected dishes will take place on the hotel’s ninth floor at 11:30 a.m. The prices for taking the buffet are VND159,000 (US$7.6) and VND219,000. Those customers that buy 10 tickets are given a ticket free.

The three-star Saigon Hotel, located in downtown HCM City, has a restaurant with 300 seats. The restaurant with a riverview serves Asian and European cuisines, enjoying fame for such dishes as Saigon spring rolls, “Chateaubriand” beef, and sauted noodle with seafood.

Promotions of Thien Hong Hotel

Thien Hong Hotel, or Arc-en-Ciel Hotel, has launched promotions for its wedding party service from early October until the year’s end.

Customers who book a wedding party with 10-15 tables will be donated decorations such as the flower gate and balloon firecrackers, soft drinks, mineral water and a 50% price cut for a trial table. Photos of the party will be posted on the hotel’s website www. arcencielhotel.com.vn.

To a party with 16-25 tables, the hotel will donate the host extra services such as a band, a dancers’ group, two bottles of champagne and a master of ceremonies. If the host books a party with 26-45 tables, they are offered not only incentives for parties with 10-25 tables but also a wedding cake. The host of a party with 46 tables or more will be offered a room for the wedding night and a breakfast buffet for the couple.

In particular, during the time of promotions, the hotel gives a 10% discount for lunch parties and one free table for every 10 tables at a party.

Thien Hong Hotel is situated in the Chinese quarter, a tourist spot as well as a shopping-entertainment center in HCM City. Its restaurants serve different kinds of parties and can receive 100-700 people. (By Dat Tien - The Saigon Times - October 14, 2011)

Can gio Resort:
Thanh Thoi Road, Long Hoa Commune, Can Gio District, HCM City. Tel: 08.3874150, email: sales@cangioresort.com.vn

Saigon Hotel:
41-47 Dong Du St., Dist. 1, HCM City. Tel: 08.38224845, email: saigonhotel@hcm.vnn.vn

Arc-en-Ciel Hotel:
52-56 Tan Da St., Dist. 5, HCM City. Tel: 08.38554435, email: thienhong@hcm.vnn.vn

Shellfish catch at Caravelle Hotel

Seafood enthusiasts can get their fill of their favorite shellfish; steamed, chilled or cooked to their liking for two weeks at Nineteen Restaurant of the Caravelle Hotel from October 8 to 21.

Buffet highlights include prawns, mussels, flower crabs, scallops, oysters, sea cockles and clams freshly steamed in baskets, fresh, or cooked in your favorite dish by the Caravelle’s expert chefs.

The buffet is priced at around VND 1.1 million ++/ per person including a free flow of house wines.

Restaurant Nineteen is located on the ground floor of the Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC, tel: 3823 4999. (The Saigon Times - October 13, 2011)

Around the world with Caravelle hotel during October

Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City will welcome festive October with a number of special cuisine promotions with an emphasis on different world cuisines.

Highlights include the truffles and Taittinger champagne promotion, the Canadian Thanksgiving buffet, the October US beef feast and Halloween.

From October 8-21, Lobby Lounge of the hotel will serve a selection of chocolate truffles paired with a flute of fine Taittinger champagne for VND380,000++. During this promotion, soft-flavored milk chocolate truffles, bittersweet dark chocolate truffles, and white velvet chocolate truffles will be available.

Also from October 8-21, Nineteen Restaurant will have a shellfish promotion, which will offer all kinds of steamed, chilled or cooked shellfish in favorite dishes. Come and enjoy prawns, mussels, flower crabs, scallops, oysters, sea cockles and clams.

On the evening of October 10, Nineteen Restaurant of the hotel offers a Canadian Thanksgiving buffet with traditional thanksgiving staples like stuffed whole-roasted turkey with giblet and cranberry sauce, thyme gravy, roast garlic potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Beside the traditional dishes, the buffet also includes fresh, smoked and marinated seafood stations, soups and cheeses, as well as grill, steam and barbecue stations.  For dessert there will be a selection of 21 tantalizing temptations and a white chocolate fountain.

US Beef promotion will take place at Reflections Restaurant at the hotel from October 21-26. Steak-lovers can try selected cuts of US Beef Tenderloin, US Rib Eye and US Black Angus Beef Strip Loin, cooked to their favorite style over a charcoal-heated iron grill.

Prices range from VND450,000++ to VND990,000++ for 150 to 350 gram cuts.

On October 31, last but not least, the hotel will host a Halloween Nightmare at the rooftop Saigon Bar, on the ninth floor of the hotel. Spooky decorations, frightening finger food and shock-inducing shots await party-goers on the evening of October 31st. A special drink list which includes such drinks as Vampire’s Kiss, Ectoplasm and Eyeballs, and Blood and Sand will complete a perfect Halloween.

For more details, call Caravelle Hotel, 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, HCMC, at (08) 3823 4999. (Thanh Nien News - September 16, 2011)

Caravelle pioneers events package

Caravelle Hotel is getting down to business with its latest green initiative.

This month the iconic hotel has launched an eco-meeting package that will provide companies with an environmentally-friendly venue to talk shop in HCMC. Green practices highlighted in the package include an electricity-saving scheme that makes use of natural daylight, purified water served in jugs rather than plastic bottles and the absence of paper products typically supplied by the hotel. Additional equipment can be arranged by the hotel as required.

The Caravelle Eco-Meeting Package is priced at US$34 per person for half-day meetings, and US$39 per person for full-day meetings.

For every person booked on an Eco-Meeting Package, a donation of US$2.30 will be given to the HCMC Association for Conservation of Nature and the Environment to fund the printing of comic books on environmental and nature conservation for Vietnamese primary students.

“After all we’ve done to steer the Caravelle toward its environmentally-responsible goals, extending our green efforts to corporate events and meetings was the next logical step,” said John Gardner, the hotel’s general manager. “We want to provide a space where eco-conscious businesses can comfortably hold events. It’s a win-win initiative, because the hotel shares in the satisfaction of doing our part for the planet.”

For more information and enquiries on the Caravelle Eco-Meeting Package, call 3823 4999 or email bqsales@caravellehotel.vnn.vn (The Saigon Times - June 23, 2011)

Family festival at the Majestic Hotel Saigon

To celebrate Vietnam Family Day on June 28, the five-star Majestic Hotel Saigon will host ‘Family festival’ at the Cyclo Restaurant from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on June 24 and 25. There will be stacks of games for kids who will also receive gifts. The whole family can enjoy a buffet party with traditional Vietnamese dishes and drinks. Tickets are priced at VND399,000 per adult and VND199,000 per child. (By Dat Tien - The Saigon Times - June 23, 2011)

Local and foreign beer promotions at Bier Garden

Located in downtown HCMC on Dong Khoi Street, the open-air Bier Garden is an ideal rendezvous for revelers to relax and feast on Western and Asian food. The fried tartar clam and battered fish is done British style and there are other dishes like salmon salad, pumpkin soup with crouton cake or grilled beef with banini cake.

The restaurant is offering a Local Beer Package priced at VND155,000++ for five bottles of beer, Sapporo priced at VND210,000++ per five bottles or happy hour-buffet draught beer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. priced at VND120,000++.

This month the restaurant has introduced a new menu with American beef dishes such as beef salad with teriyaki sauce and beef wrapped with bamboo and mushroom.

The Majestic Hotel Saigon is located at 1 Dong Khoi Street, HCMC’s District 1, tel: 08 3829 5517, email: banquet@majesticsaigon.com.vn.

The Bier Garden is at 125 Dong Khoi Street in HCMC’s District 1, tel: 08 3521 0691, email: info@biergardensaigon.com (By Dat Tien - The Saigon Times - June 23, 2011)

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