The Reverie Saigon is spicing up its bespoke foodie offerings with the launch of guided excursions designed to help travellers navigate Ho Chi Minh City’s food scene through a four-hour exploration of the city’s streets.
Launched in partnership with tour company Hidden Saigon, A Taste of Hidden Saigon introduces guests to the evolution of Vietnamese cuisine – from street-food stalls and local markets, to sidewalk vendors and contemporary fine dining.
More than just an opportunity to taste authentic Vietnamese dishes, the experience takes guests on a journey through the progression of Saigon’s rich and varied culinary landscape, through the eyes of someone who has been living it for over a decade.
Led by Linh Phan, a Vietnamese-Canadian creative producer whose work over the past 11 years has focused on highlighting the lesser-known side of Vietnam, the tour will bring guests to sample dishes and visit places that have shaped the country’s culture.
“So much of modern Vietnamese cuisine is inspired by what’s happening out on the streets and in the little eateries tucked into this and that corner of the city,” said Linh. “These vendors are going strong, but unless you know where to look, they’re all but invisible.”
Visitors can opt for a morning tour that concludes after lunch, or an afternoon excursion that wraps up with dinner.
The morning outing will feature a typical breakfast of popular eats, an introduction to Vietnamese coffee at a popular java joint, stopovers at a local eatery and a traditional food market, before culminating with a meal at Vietnam House, the first restaurant in Vietnam by Australian-Vietnamese celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen.
Guests who book the evening excursion can skip the coffee fix and opt for a cocktail instead with a visit to mixologists who infuse their own range of gin, or a stop at the tap room of one of the first local craft beer brewing companies in the country.
A Taste of Hidden Saigon is an optional add-on to The Reverie’s Sampling Saigon foodie package, which invites guests to take in the hotel’s own culinary offerings, including exquisite Chinese fine dining at The Royal Pavilion, or upscale Italian at R&J.
The two-night package includes round-trip airport transfers, the choice of buffet breakfast at Café Cardinal or in-room dining, and a $US200 dining credit for use at The Royal Pavilion or R&J.
Sampling Saigon rates start at US$410++, exclusive of off-site excursions.
A Taste of Hidden Saigon starts at US$280 per pax, for a minimum of two pax and a maximum of six pax.