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Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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June 11, 2021 | 09:44

Michelin hopes to cooperate with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism to promote Vietnamese cuisine in the renowned Michelin Guide

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At an online meeting with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the French Embassy in Vietnam on June 8, Michelin’s representative proposed promoting Vietnamese cuisine in the Michelin Guide, a well-known culinary handbook, Nhan Dan Newspaper has reported.

Welcoming cooperation, the administration's Deputy Director General Ha Van Sieu said that Vietnam's tourism had witnessed strong growth in recent years, with cuisine one of the main factors. Vietnamese cuisine boasts diverse, unique dishes across all three regions of the country.

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Michelin hopes to cooperate with the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to put Vietnamese cuisine into the Michelin Guide. Photo: NDO

Sieu said VNAT always welcomed initiatives and plans to promote Vietnamese culture and tourism to international friends, adding VNAT’s Tourism Market Department will continue to have exchanges with Michelin. He also expressed his hope that when the Covid-19 pandemic was under control and international tourism resumed, the two sides could have in-person meetings to discuss the plans.

Founded in 1888, Michelin is a world-famous tire company. In 1900, the company released the Michelin Guide, which was just a map with a list of hotels and Michelin tire change locations along the way. Starting in 1920, the company stopped giving out free books and added restaurant listings. Michelin then recruited culinary appraisers working in secret to check the quality of the restaurants. Since 1930, there has been a list of Michelin-starred restaurants.

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Jardin Des Sens Saigon, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Vietnam. Photo: B_k0ol

Michelin says the evaluation categories are based on guidelines for the quality of the ingredients used; cooking techniques and taste; unique dishes based on the chef's taste; quality service; and the consistency of quality. Michelin's star rating is divided into three categories: 1 star, 2 star and 3 star, of which 3 star is the highest.

The guide is widely appreciated by everyone from tourists to culinary experts, creating a strong reputation for rated restaurants. Being awarded a Michelin star is considered an honor for any restaurant in the world. Currently, apart from the culinary handbook, Michelin has developed the Michelin Guide Worldwide app for visitors to easily access online.

List of Michelin-starred restaurants in Vietnam

Jardin Des Sens Saigon (3 Michelin Stars)

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. Photo: Jardin Des Sens Saigon

This is the first restaurant to earn 3 Michelin stars in Saigon and was created by twin French chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. Its dishes contain a "breath of France and the Mediterranean." All ingredients are carefully selected.

Soul and creativity are subtly conveyed through each dish, with a perfect combination of simple and complex, traditional and modern styles.

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F

Address: 251 Dien Bien Phu, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m - 10 p.m.

Price: From VND 1.6 million (US$ 70) a person (excluding 5% service and 10% VAT).

La Maison 1888 (3 Michelin Stars)

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Photo: La Maison 1888

In 2015, La Maison 1888 was voted as one of the “Top 10 best restaurants in the world" by CNN. La Maison 1888, located in a luxurious resort, was the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Vietnam. Through the magical hands of Chef Pierre Gagnaire, French cuisine combining with indigenous ingredients create extremely delicate dishes.

Pierre Gagnaire is known as a culinary wizard for his impromptu combinations. The campus of La Maison 1888 is designed like an old villa, recreating the life of a royal family during the French colonial period. Each room shows its own characteristic, bringing visitors unforgettable experiences.

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F

Address: InterContinental, Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.

Opening hours: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Price: From VND 3.7 million a person (excluding 5% service and 10% VAT).

L’Escale by Thierry Drapeau (2 Michelin Stars)

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Chef Thierry Drapeau.

Among the Michelin-starred restaurants in Vietnam, L’Escale by Thierry Drapeau offers food at more reasonable prices. French flavor combining with Vietnamese cuisine creates a variety of scrumptious dishes. The menu is constantly changing according to the season and the chef's methods, but dishes always retain their excellent qualities.

The cozy space and layout make you feel like that you are eating at home. Drapeau serves customers a diverse and delicious menu. Dishes from pork, truffle and cheese are particularly appreciated.

Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F
Vietnamese cuisine impresses Michelin Guide
Photo: Cafe F

Address: 90 Quoc Huong, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Price: From VND 800,000 a person (excluding 5% service and 10% VAT).

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