Vietnam restaurants / Eight local restaurants get int’l honors.
– Square One of the Park Hyatt Saigon, Lemongrass, Nha hang Ngon, La Villa French Restaurant, and Hoi An in HCMC, Le Beaulieu at Sofitel Metropole Hotel
and Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi, and La Maison 1888 in Danang have been named among the top 101 best restaurants by U.S.-based culinary website The Daily Meal.
Square One of the five-star Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel is ranked 20th in the list of “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World - Photo: Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
The Daily Meal created by former Forbes.com CEO Jim Spanfeller was launched in 2011. This year they ranked Square One at the five-star Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
in District 1 the 20th position and Le Beaulieu at Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Hanoi the 68th position of “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World” by a panel of experienced bloggers,
restaurant critics and other food-and-lifestyle writers from all over the world.
Square One has been a premier dining address for many years, serving sophisticated Vietnamese and Western dishes, using fresh local and imported ingredients to deliver authentic simplicity.
Recently, it has welcomed Franck Machu as the restaurant’s new manager. This French man who has had seven years of experience in the hospitality is promised
to lead the Square One team to continued success.
Le Beaulieu at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel has been a rendezvous for celebrities, diplomats, and war correspondents for over a century thanks to its Paris-style dining room with chandeliers,
ceiling fans and marble floors. The restaurant serves French-style cuisine with influences from the Vietnamese kitchen.
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The Daily Meal also announced on its website www.thedailymeal.com the list of “101 Best Restaurants in Asia” featuring six eateries around Vietnam.
Lemongrass in HCMC’s District 1 was ranked 26th, down five notches compared to last year. Other popular names in the vote were Nha hang Ngon in Pasteur Street,
ranked 36th compared to 28th position in 2013, and Hoi An Restaurant on Le Thanh Ton Street at the 78th position, down seven notches from 2013.
La Maison 1888 of the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was up eight notches to the 50th position, compared to last year’s vote.
Two new faces, La Villa French Restaurant in HCMC’s District 2 and Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Hanoi were respectively ranked 38th and 60th.
Two restaurants from Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro and Ishikawa won the first and second places in the list.
Second McDonald’s Vietnam restaurant complete
– McDonald’s is finishing its second Vietnam restaurant located in Ho Chi Minh City’s heart for a soon opening.
The second outlet in Vietnam of the world’s largest restaurant chain is situated at the corner of Pham Ngu Lao and Tran Hung Dao streets near Ben Thanh Market in District
It is also within the international backpackers’ area.
The opening of the outlet will come within three months after McDonald launched its first Vietnamese branch this February under a franchise agreement with Ho Chi Minh City-based Good Day Hospitality.
The first restaurant served more than 400,000 customers in its first month of business, Good Day Hospitality owner Henry Nguyen told this March’s Vietnam Access Day,
a major international investment forum, attended by many overseas investors.
Nguyen said about 22,500 customers were served during the first 24 hours of operation on February 8.
He added the restaurant, opening 24/7 with drive-thru services, sold almost 62,000 Big Macs in its first 30 days of business.
Good Day Hospitality expects the momentum to continue for the second restaurant.
Vietnam sees boom in number of Japanese restaurants
– More and more Japanese restaurants have begun to appear in Vietnam, particularly in HCM City, following a stagnant period of economic growth in the country from 2010 to 2012.
In late August, many HCM City residents were seen standing in long queues in front of Marukame Restaurant in District 1, waiting for their turn to enjoy udon noodles, the specialty of the shop.
This is the second Marukame restaurant in Vietnam. The first, in Aeon Mall Tan Phu, opened in January. The chain of Japanese-style restaurants is run by Lotus Food,
the Vietnamese partner in a franchising contract with Toridoll.
Takaya Awata, president of Toridoll, said there were 10 Marukame restaurants in Thailand and six in Indonesia, while the brand has been present in two markets for only one year.
However, the president thinks Marukame chain may develop even more strongly in Vietnam with at least 30 restaurants to be opened in the next five years.
Some months ago, when opening the first shop
Vietnam, Awata said he was not sure if the Japanese brand could succeed in Vietnam,
but now he is confident that the country will be one of the key markets.
JETRO, the Japan External Trade Organization, has also noted that the number of Japanese restaurant chains in Vietnam has been increasing.
Marukame Udon, PIZZA 4P’S and Tokyo Town have become popular with Vietnamese and foreigners. Most recently, many Vietnamese have heard about the opening of
a series of Japanese-style fried chicken restaurants.
JETRO said that, as the market in Japan had become saturated, restaurant chains were beginning to look overseas to establish new shops.
The first Japanese restaurants turned up in Vietnam in 1990s, and then expanded rapidly in 2006 and 2007.
However, the downturn occurred in 2010-2012, as too many of the restaurants targeting Japanese customers opened, leading to stiff competition.
Observers noted that about 300 companies, including 200 invested in by Japanese, have investments in Japanese-style restaurant chains.
JETRO noted that Vietnamese investors kept pouring money into the field, but only a few of them succeeded.
Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises tend to make foreign direct investment in Vietnam under the names of Vietnamese investors. But big restaurant chains prefer the franchising mode.
Under a Japan-Vietnam investment agreement on November 14, 2003, Japanese investors were allowed to develop restaurants in Vietnam
without having to invest in other projects to build, upgrade or buy