Experience · Ho Chi Minh City

Salon de Sunny – Korean Hairdresser in Ho Chi Minh City

I think I have found my favorite hair salon in Saigon! Salon de Sunny in District 3. I knew this salon from FB group Female Expats when someone posted about how her damaged hair was restored by Sunny, owner and hairdresser of this salon, who is a Korean. Japanese or Korean hairdresser is always on my top list for a hair salon since several years ago, especially after coming back from living in the Netherlands.

My previous hairdresser was the one recommended by expats in Saigon. They are located in District 2 and very expensive. Last experience with them was not pleasant for me so I’ve been wanting a new hair salon as well. So when I saw that post about Salon de Sunny, I was so excited and decided to check them out.

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They were just opened recently, around August 2017 if I’m not mistaken. The staffs and Sunny herself are very friendly and helpful to the customer. I did my hair perm there and she also gave me tips on how to maintain the perm. She knows the condition of my hair and therefore forbids me from coloring my hair right after perming.

I came back couple days ago to do hair treatment. She checked my hair first then decided which treatment to give. I had a very good time there, especially the head massage. The guy who did the head massage is really good at his job. Simply the best head massage I’ve ever had.

Sunny, the owner and hairdresser, is a Korean but she speaks English very well, so you don’t have to worry about having a hard time to communicate and explain what you want. She also hired a Vietnamese hairdresser to help with local customers who have a limited English.

They offer various services, such as female and male haircut, hair coloring (highlight/lowlight, all over color, with or without bleach), hair perm/straightening, and hair treatment (milbon product and olaplex product). Their price is very affordable. So I recommend this salon to my friends as well. Noone visited it yet though lol, because most of my friends live in District 2 😦

Address : 5A Ky Dong, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Ciao.

 

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Al Sham Restaurant – Middle East Meal in Ho Chi Minh City

I’ve heard about this place from the people in Facebook group and wanted to try it but didn’t have a chance yet, until that afternoon when I went shopping at Yersin Market.

It was about 10 minutes walk from the market so we decided to go there and try. My other 2 friends love middle east food so it will be a good chance to test their quality as well.

We ordered several dishes actually but I was too hungry and just took the picture of Mezza Platter and Falafel lol. If I remember correctly, we ordered Falafel, Mezza Platter, Falafel Sandwich, and Meat Samosa. The Mezza Platter comes with a bread.

Overall, they were tasty and worth the trip! I especially like their hummus and aubergine. Also, the falafel sandwich is better than I thought. Total bill was around 530k vnd for 3 people. If you like middle east / Mediterranean food, then you definitely have to try this restaurant.

Bread and Falafel Al Sham

Mezza Platter Al-Sham

Address: 300 Vo Van Kiet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening time: Everyday from 10 am to 11.50 pm

 

Food · Travel

SABAR Toro 38 Singapore – (Not) All About Saba Fish

Have you known about Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria? I’ve heard it before but never been inside and look around. Last Wednesday I met my friend in Singapore and we walked to Food Republic in Wisma Atria to get a drink and have a seat. When it was time for dinner, we chose Japanese Food since it was there already. Japan Food Town is located at the same floor as Food Republic, which is on the 4th floor of Wisma Atria.

Japan Food Town

There are some restaurants inside the area, selling all different kind of Japanese cuisine. We got hooked at one of the menu there. My friend wanted to eat warm meal, me as well. Also the price mentioned was reasonable enough. It was a Saba Fish Restaurant called SaBar. The place is hidden at the corner. We almost went to wrong restaurant! lol.

Toro38 Sabar Singapore menu

Toro38 Sabar Singapore entrance

At first we sat in front area, but as more people were coming over we had to move to bigger table inside. The two of us started to order first because we were so hungry suddenly! I was interested in Fried Squid. My friend wanted to try Toro Saba Hitsumabushi and also shared jelly fish and green salad. Then another friend came and ordered a fried chicken (tori karaage). It took a while for them to prepare our food but it was worth it.

I LOVE the Fried Squid. Crispy on the outside (thin batter) and soft inside, cooked perfectly. The jelly fish was fresh and yummy. Even the green salad tasted delicious, especially the dressing. Toro Saba Hitsumabushi can be eaten in 2 ways, dry or wet. Both were delicious! I prefer the dry one but it got too salty at one point because of the sauce. Still delicious though! The fried chicken was also crunchy and tasty, but a little too salty. Another 2 friends came and ordered Unagi Hitsumabushi and it was delicious as well! All of the food were cooked really well.

I will definitely come back here to try another dishes, and will recommend this place to all my friends as well. They are quite new restaurant which was established in 2014. So I want them to stay around for a very long time! I think they are able to do so, as long as they maintain their quality. Right now it is quite packed already on dinner time though.

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Have you tried their food? How was your experience there? Let me know in the comment below!

Ciao!

 

Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Manmaru – Japanese dining experience

For you who loves Japanese food or just want something different in the city, you should try Manmaru. Their menu is more to the home cooked style. There are sashimi, sushi and rolls as well. And they were delicious. Fresh fish.

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They have 2 branches, one at Ly Tu Trong street and the other one at Mac Dinh Chi street. I went to the second one. The design of the restaurant is unique. It gave me the feeling of eating in Japan (with some background Vietnamese voices..). I read on one of the review that if you want quieter place, you should go to second floor.

They put the menu in Japanese on the wall, but they also have normal menu book 😀 If I remember correctly, there was no English translation for the menu. But if you are familiar with Japanese food, that should not be a problem. Or you can always ask the waiters.

We ordered sashimi set and yaki soba (fried noodle). They were delicious! We were very happy to eat it. Definitely will go back there. Even my husband said he would invite his staffs to eat there one day because it has different ambience.

Thank you for reading! Ciao.

Address :

  1. 192 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
  2. 71 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, P. Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

 

Food

Scoozi Pizza

Anyone loves pizza? Then you should try this pizza place. Scoozi Pizza is located at 6 Thai Van Lung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. They have indoor seating and outdoor seating. If it’s not too hot, I prefer to stay outside and enjoy the weather and pizza (and maybe some beer? :D)

The interesting point about this place is they have Sunday promotion, buy 1 pizza get 1 pizza free (selected). When you see their menu, you will notice some pizza has marker. Those are the option for free pizza. It also applies for take away order.

Last time we ordered pizza with smoked salmon and margherita for the free pizza. I really love their margherita. For me, it is better than margherita at Pizza 4P’s! Let’s look at them one by one.

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Smoked Salmon Pizza

This is my first try of their smoked salmon pizza. I must say it’s just an okay pizza, and I won’t order it next time.

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Margherita

This one is my favorite! The amount of cheese and tomato sauce is just right. Not too cheesy, not too sour. Perfect! And the best thing is you can this for free by ordering another pizza! (On promotion day).

Total we spent that day was 240k vnd. Not bad for 2 pizza and 2 drinks. The price for smoked salmon pizza was a bit more expensive than other pizza. It was 190k vnd. But since it was Sunday, we got promotion a free pizza! I love Sunday xD