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Middle Eastern cuisine is based on healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, fish, lean meat, beans and nuts


Philippe Godard, general manager of Sofitel Saigon Plaza, says he's proud to be bringing Middle Eastern cuisine to the hotel's famed international eatery.

From September 20-26, a special menu will be on offer at Café Rivoli Restaurant, located in the lobby of the Sofitel Saigon Plaza in District 1.

"We are delighted to introduce this culinary experience to Vietnam and we hope that our patrons enjoy the Middle Eastern flavors," Godard said of his hotel's upcoming one-week promotion.

The Sofitel will serve up a whole range of Turkish-styled marinated meat and Persian-styled meat kebabs.

To give customers an authentic taste of the Middle Eastern dishes, the hotel is flying in chef Maher who grew up in Syria and currently works at the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah.

Maher will bring traditional salads and side-dishes such as tabouleh, fattouch, hummus, and mutabbal (eggplant salad) to the table. The meal will conclude with a selection of dried fruits, nuts and traditional sweet pastries.

Maher will join a professional team of cooks from the hotel to prepare a fantastic, week-long Middle Eastern dinner party from Monday to Sunday of next week.

17 Le Duan Boulevard,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (08) 3 824 1555
Email: fb@sofitelsaigon.com.vn

The meals will include Middle Eastern tea, wine, beer, soft drinks and fruit juice at the price of VND750,000++ for an adult and VND375,000++ for a child below six. The meal will be offered from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.

In addition, the Sofitel Saigon Plaza will also offer a cooking class on Middle Eastern cuisine on September 25 to help locals bring these delicacies home.

Chef Maher will lead the class and help customers learn more about Middle East dishes.

The class will cost VND700,000 + +, including a lunch with the chef. The lesson is capped at a maximum of ten students.

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