I had read favourable reviews of Chanh bistro before leaving the UK and as Valentine's Day fell during our stay in Saigon I thought it could be an option for a nice meal together. Anyway time passed and due to one thing and another I never got anything booked. So the night before valentines I emailed and asked if they had any specials etc and a table for 2, in no time at all I had a reply with a delicious sounding and very reasonably priced set menu attached and offer of a table at 7:30 which I jumped at. We decided to stop in for a cocktail that night also and just familiarise ourselves with the location etc. Cocktails were delicious and reasonably priced for such a lovely setting, staff were exceptionally friendly and although not all of their English was great we communicated just fine! So onto the valentines meal, I had beef salad, duck breast and cheesecake chocolate bomb with my girlfriend having the same but with pumpkin soup starter. My beef salad was excellent and a huge portion, I noticed a few locals who didn't get anywhere near to finishing it but being a greedy westerner I cleared the plate, fantastic combination of flavours and tender fresh thin slices of seasoned beef. Pumpkin soup also went down very well. The place was busy and we had a small wait for our mains which was fine by us although the owner was quick to apologise but as I say it was not a problem! The duck was worth the wait, a nice sized piece of perfectly cooked duck breast with a selection of assortments that complimented it perfectly! Finally the dessert, well what a way to finish.. I had seen the picture of it but couldn't quite figure out what each bit was and the description was unclear, well a very pleasant surprise was that the chocolate bomb was filled with delicious creamy cheesecake filling! Wow! Our bill with wine and beer was under £50 which as any Brit will know is a bargain on Valentine's Day, most pubs by usually want similar money for much much lower standard food! And the friendly service here really was icing on the cake. I am also led to believe that the place is locally run or family run, basically not a big company, which is great to see in Saigon, keep up the good work!!
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