Acouple of minutes drive from the busy scramble of downtown Saigon, Le Bordeaux maintains a unique location, off a quiet street in Binh Thanh District. Hailed as the “best foie gras” in town, and written up in magazines the likes of The New York Times, Le Bordeaux continues to wow visitors each day. And the food is not all the restaurant has managed to perfect; the remarkable structure and design lend an air of sophistication to the venue, marking its individuality among similar restaurants of its caliber.
Upon entering, guests are greeted and welcomed to the main floor, where they can sip a cocktail or aperitif from the cool brick bar, while perusing the collection of fine art hung along the cream colored walls. White chair slips and table linens contrast nicely with the deep red carpeting, and add to the classy ambience of the main floor.
When guests are ready to dine, they are walked up the sweeping staircase to the second floor where an intimate dining room awaits. A small venue, Le Bordeaux’s quiet home dining room is romantic and inclusive, privacy created by small potted palms scattered around the room. Freshly delivered from Dalat, flowers adorn each table, highlighted by soft lamps and a large muted chandelier. The meal begins with a visit by the knowledgeable and English-speaking wait staff who help with chef recommended specials and wine choice. Le Bordeaux houses a large array of wines, specializing in most French wine-producing regions. Bottles on the menu include Pessac Léognan wines such as Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château La Louvière. Also included are aged wines from Saint Emilion, Saint Julien 87and Pauillac like the Château Pichon Longueville. Of great importance to Chef Nguyen, owner and chef since opening in 1996, is the creation of harmony between wine and gastronomy. The staff manages to perfectly pair a glass or bottle of wine with each delectable dish, essential to any dining experience. For starters, try the salmon and crab tartar with fried onions and thyme-seasoned toast or the fresh French oysters. Move on to delicious mains like the duck breast in raspberry vinegar, rack of lamb with garlic cream or the sweet lobster in olive oil. And top off any meal with a rare aperitif and the infamous hot chocolate and mint soufflé dessert. While the food is delicious, it is the experience customers receive while dining, which has earned Le Bordeaux its unrivaled reputation.