The Deck – Ho Chi Minh City

I’ve long heard about The Deck located snugly by the Saigon River in An Phu.  And when I say snug, I mean SNUG. My partner and I got lost a few times before turning into the right corner, but the restaurant was worth the bike ride.

(credit: Asia Bars)

The resort feel of The Deck takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre in District 1.  Stone slabs, potted plants and the calming sound of waves greet you upon entering the restaurant.

(credit: Asia Bars)

The crowd is mainly filled with expatriates or affluent Vietnamese. The day I was there, however, there was also a large corporate retreat going on that took up almost all the outdoor seating. My partner and I were fortunate to get a table by the river that crowded Saturday.

The staff are all fairly fluent in English and quite quick on the uptake, so no worries on language barrier there.

The Deck serves Western-Vietnamese-Japanese-Thai fusion menu with a French influence. The complimentary bread basket with two mini baguettes came in a bamboo “steamer”, a tray of condiments comprising pesto, olive oil/vinegar and bean paste.  Don’t expect the typical crisp French baguette. The Vietnamese version is a little more doughy.

My partner chose the Char Grilled Lamb Kushiyaki while I picked the Herb Crusted Tuna Curried Papaya Chutney. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful presentation on black heated stone plates.

The Australian flown lamb came in impressive bamboo skewers and came with a side of mint sauce. My partner commented on the tenderness of the meat and expressed surprised at how easily it came off the skewers. Naturally, he relished every single stick.

Char Grilled Lamb Kushiyaki

The tuna steak, fresh from Phu Quoc, was perfectly grilled. Slightly pink on the inside and had a slight peppery hint to it without overpowering the natural clean taste of the fish. The papaya chutney complimented the tuna well by adding a sweet/spicy tang.

Herb Crusted Tuna Curried Papaya Chutney

No meal is ever complete without dessert, being the greedy bastards we were, we ordered the Chocolate Fondant with Green Tea Ice-Cream and a Trio of Creme Brulee. I’d dare say that was the best part of the meal.

The chocolate fondant had a wait time of about 15 minutes but it was worth it. The dark chocolate was sweet but not cloying, paired with the milky green tea ice-cream was a match made in heaven. Highly recommended.

Chocolate Fondant with Green Tea Ice-cream

The trio of creme brulees comprised a vanilla, a green tea and a coffee one. I have a large fondness for anything green tea and naturally, I fell in love with the green tea flavoured one. I almost finished the whole thing without sharing it with my partner, to his dismay.

Trio of Creme Brulee

The dinner set us aside about $70 USD inclusive of three glasses of wine, quite expensive by Ho Chi Minh City standards, but for a once in a while treat, The Deck is a place to try.

The Deck also has happy hour between 4pm to 7pm and is also popular for their breakfast delights and fusion dim sum at lunch. It also has the same management as Mekong Merchant and MM Bistro, both in D2.

The Deck is located at

38 Nguyen U Di,

Thao Dien, An Phu, D2, HCMC

http://thedecksaigon.com/index.php

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