Burgundy snails topped with garlic and parsley butter
It was a Friday night and to start the weekend in style, we decided to have dinner at Trois Gourmands, a French restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City's District 2.
Though the restaurant is just 15 minutes from the center of Saigon, its peaceful suburban surroundings include a river, a pretty garden and quiet streets.
On first seeing the restaurant gate from a distance, I thought we were lost. The place was silent and the tiny road leading up to it looked more like a small path to a house, not a driveway.
But after passing a garden terrace with a swimming pool, we entered the spacious restaurant, which is really just a villa in the middle of a garden.
A bright and beautiful dining room greeted us with classical furniture with art nouveau décor; colorful curtains and glass ceiling lights with flower details. There were fresh flowers on each table.
We chose a table in the corner with a view to the garden. The dining room is divided into two areas connected by a small tam cap (Vietnamese traditional three step staircase).
Next to this dining room, there is another dining room with a view to the bar and kitchen. In the garden, there is also a table under the trees next to the swimming pool.
Trois Goumands is one of HCMC's gems. It is a fine dining restaurant with excellent service. After the waiter took our order, the manager and chef of the restaurant came to greet us and share a few details about the restaurant and the day's menu.
| 18 Tong Huu Dinh Street,
Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
We each chose a six-course menu with two appetizers, one main course and dessert (US$100 for two persons). The owner recommended a white Burgundy to accompany our dinner, and we were treated to an imported cheese buffet at the end of the meal.
This was a true journey of flavor and taste. For our appetizers, we opted for scallops with truffle mashed potatoes, Burgundy snails topped with garlic and parsley butler, tuna ceviche, and beef ravioli.
For main course we chose sea bass ravioli with wine sauce truffle and rabbit red wine sauce. The cuisine was authentically French.
The appetizer menu included lamb lasagna, lobster with artichokes, tumble of rabbit aspic with tarragon, mullet Bouillabaisse filet faÃ§on, and shrimp with spices.
The main courses I want to order next times include lamb shank and garlic juice, farm chicken with honey, duck stew, duck leg confit with red cabbage, and chicken breast stuffed with lobster.
The scallops with truffle mashed potatoes lifted me with delicate flavors of lobster and truffle sauce. Burgundy snails topped with garlic and parsley butler was a perfect combination of flavors and textures for the baked marinated snails.
And though I was almost full, the third dish, sea bass ravioli with wine sauce truffle turned out to be my favorite. This dish offers different kinds of mushrooms in a distinct sauce made from truffles and wine.
Last but not the least, the waiter brought us a cheese buffet with ten different cheeses. Unfortunately I was too full and had to say no to the cheese. The decision allowed me to savor the wonderful taste of the meal.
My companion didn't hesitate, however, and the cheeses were reportedly delightful. But I know I'll have another chance. We will come back to Trois Gourmands for more.
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