L’USINE

     

30.01.2015

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After our trip to Vietnam, I keep hearing people say, “Saigon looks like Manila did 5 to 10 years ago.” In the context of our conversations, they are mostly referring to the nightlife, restaurant options and boutiques. Well, if there were any sign that things are moving -fast- forward, L’Usine is one of them, in my opinion. The concept is a retail store, gallery space and café – quite contemporary, right?

Jon and I walked here from our hotel, just the 2 of us, before everyone arrived. We browsed through the specialty shop on the first floor to make our way up the stairs in the back for lunch. I didn’t buy anything but I could see how tourists and residents alike would enjoy the shopping experience here; select international finds mixed in with Vietnamese homegrown brands.

The second floor was more my jam; an inviting pastry chiller, chalk board specials and baristas foaming lattes and mixing sodas. In fact, I got one of the specials – Chickpea Falafel with Avocado and Tomato salad. Jon had the Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Baguette and an Iced Soda Lime. Cilantro and lime are our favorite Vietnamese ingredients, by far!! The vibe in L’Usine really celebrates         Vietnamese creativity and I could almost swear that there were painters, designers and graphic artists in the vicinity of our           communal table. Next time, we’ll initiate a friendly chat…

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  • Aileen Stratford

    Wish we had made it here, the falafel sounds amazing!

    • PattisPalette

      Bummer it was closed when we tried to go all together 🙁 PS – Nice to see you here 😉

  • bebettes

    Will plan to go to this place and try those yummy food

  • Kin Wa

    Hi Patti! I follow you on IG and the moment I saw this it became on top my list, me and my friend are planning to go to Saigon. I will visit this one and Pizza 4P’s. Thanks for the post.

    • PattisPalette

      enjoy saigon and safe travels! thanks for stopping by Patti’s Palette.