Feasts for fathers

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Sons and daughters across southern Vietnam's largest city will have a chance to treat their dads to a variety of unique spreads across town for Father's Day this year.

Often celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere, Father's Day is an important chance for children to honor their fathers and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society.

This year, the day will fall on June 20 in Vietnam and this Sunday promises to be an interesting one for dads in Ho Chi Minh City.

Many families traditionally celebrate Father's Day by gathering for dinner and/or giving gifts and tokens of appreciation to their fathers.

Many families take the opportunity to dine out and treat father to his favorite foods at his favorite restaurant. Another popular tradition is to allow dad to sleep in and either give him a late breakfast in bed, or take him out for a sumptuous brunch.

Here are some options in HCMC:

Café Rivoli Restaurant

If customers want to enjoy a delicious and lavish brunch buffet on Father's Day, Café Rivoli Restaurant (17 Le Duan Boulevard, District 1) is the place to be.

Located in the luxurious Sofitel Saigon Plaza Hotel, the restaurant features goose liver and oysters for the special day.

Many fresh and live catches will be prepared on the spot and made to order.

The event's Asian dishes, particularly its unique desserts, have been billed as the day's most exciting features. Chef David Thai and his crew have been working tirelessly to make this Father's Day a special one.

"The brunch on Father's Day is one of my favorite menus because this is a special occasion and father receives the utmost respect from the family," said Thai.

Customers will enjoy a free flow of drinks such as soft drinks and healthy fruit juice at this Father's Day feast.

Each family visiting on the special occasion will also be eligible to enter in a lucky draw for a chance to win interesting prizes.

They may win a prize to enjoy a two-night vacation and breakfast at the Novotel Nha Trang Hotel, overlooking one of central Vietnam's most beautiful bays and a white sand beach.

The brunch buffet is priced at VND710,000++ for adults, VND355,000++ for children from six to 12 years old, and free of charge for a child under six years old.

For more information or to book in advance, customers can contact (08) 3 824 1555 or email: fb@sofitelsaigon.com.vn

Legend Hotel Saigon

Another great Father's Day brunch option is at the Legend Hotel Saigon.

Located at 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street in District 1, the hotel will organize a special brunch buffet with a live music show.

The brunch buffet, which is priced at VND665,000++ for adults and VND332,500++ for children, includes wine, soft drinks, fruit juice, tea, coffee, free use of the hotel's swimming pool from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as special gifts for fathers.

A dinner buffet for VND722,000++ per adult and VND361,000++ per child includes wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee and special gifts for fathers.

Jamm'n Essence Band will put on a special father's day show in the restaurant for the occasion.

Hotel Equatorial

Chit Chat Restaurant at Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City (242 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5) is hosting one of its noted celebratory brunches and dinners on Sunday, June 20, designed especially to recognize fathers' hard work and give thanks for their love and dedication.

The Family Sunday Brunch or dinner buffet on Father's Day includes lots of specialties and surprises, a special gift to give.

The delicious Father's Day Brunch Buffet is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The price of VND540,000++ per person includes free use of the hotel's beautiful outdoor swimming pool.

Dinner at the Chit Chat will amuse families with the hotel's famous "wishing game" dishing out prizes to winners.

The Father's Day dinner, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Chit Chat, is priced at VND615,000++ per person including a free-flow of soft drinks, beer and house wine. Kids under six years old enjoy a free buffet while children 6-12 years of age will enjoy 50 percent off on the buffet.

For additional information and reservations, please call (08) 3 839 7777, ext. 8333. Email: dine@hcm.equatorial.com.

Caravelle Hotel

As a five-star international hotel located in the center of the city, Caravelle Hotel at 1 Lam Son Square in District 1, is also preparing a buffet in honor of Father's Day.

The buffet gives every "man of the house" a treat on this special Sunday.

Every father at this week's Sunday Brunch will receive one complimentary voucher for one day of pampering at the Caravelle Fitness Center.

The buffet costs VND888,000++ per person including one glass of Mumm Champagne, unlimited Margaritas & Martinis, and free flow of house wines.

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