(Mr. Bùi Tá Hoàng Vũ, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, gives his opening remarks at the Press Conference on 8 June 2017. Joining the head table (from left to right) are Mr. Kai Speth, Vice President Operations & Business Performance of WMC Group, Mr. Phạm Thanh Bình, General Director of Bong Sen Group, and Mr. Luke Nguyen, Executive Chef of Vietnam House.)
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Ho Chi Minh City, 8th June 2017 – With a grand opening on 4th July 2017, Vietnam House Restaurant is set to introduce Vietnamese cuisine with a modern twist at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Through a unique partnership between celebrity chef Luke Nguyen and Windsor Property Management Group Corporation (WMC Group), the restaurant returns to its former location with a fully renovated interior design and façade accenting the historic building on the corner of Dong Khoi and Mac Thi Buoi.
The restored colonial building once housed the famed Café L’Imperial in the early 1900s, and was a popular destination for the city’s affluent business class. The new Vietnam House Restaurant is set to bring back the nostalgia and charm of the storied street corner. Waiters and waitresses serve classic and modern Vietnamese dishes in a setting featuring hues of vibrant blues and greens complemented by wood accents adorning walls and ceilings.
The menu of Vietnam House Restaurant spans the country with classic dishes selected from North to South delivering a traditional style while reflecting modern trends with culinary impressions from Chef Luke Nguyen. With experiences and knowledge gained by travelling throughout Vietnam, Chef Luke invites diners on a rich gastronomic journey with unique presentations of classic recipes.
Open for lunch and dinner, Vietnam House Restaurant presents a curated menu of the country’s favorite dishes. The signature flavors of Vietnam House revolve around the high quality, fresh produce elegantly prepared and presented in a modern style. Chef Luke and his culinary team source local markets daily to ensure only the freshest fruits and vegetables are used in the kitchen, and use cooking methods that retain and enhance the flavors of the ingredients and spices.
Watch the city’s traffic bustle quietly by through classic arched windows while sipping premium coffees and classic ca phe sua da brewed from the finest Arabica and Robusta beans. To complement your lunch or dinner, select from the expansive wine list featuring 500 varietals including award-winning brands from vineyards around the globe.
The rebirth of Vietnam House takes inspiration from the storied corner of Dong Khoi and Mac Thi Buoi, but inspires guests with a dining experience that complements their unique lifestyle, dining at the highest level with world-class service delivering the best of Vietnamese gastronomy. With the launch of Vietnam House Restaurant, WMC Group and Luke Nguyen have carefully crafted a uniquely “Vietnamese” dining experience worthy of promoting Ho Chi Minh City as a budding destination for global gourmands and tourists to Vietnam.
About Luke Nguyen
With an endless series of accomplishments under his belt, Australia-born Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen has made quite the name for himself over his culinary career. At only 23, Luke realised his dreams by opening his first restaurant, the critically acclaimed Red Lantern in 2002. Luke is also the man behind the much-loved Fat Noodle, an Asian noodle bar concept at The Star in Pyrmont Sydney as well as in Brisbane. While cooking is his passion, so is his love for imparting culinary wisdom. Luke is the author of not one, but seven best-selling and award-winning cookbooks of which include Secrets of the Red Lantern, The Songs of Sapa, Indochine, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong, Food of Vietnam, Luke’s Food of France and Street Food Asia.
Recently, Luke was inducted into the Food Hall of Fame for his popular cooking and travel programs televised in over 150 countries, including Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam, Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong, Luke Nguyen’s France and Luke Nguyen’s UK. He is also the host of Masterchef Vietnam series 1 and 2, and has even made special appearances in Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape and Masterchef Australia. In addition, Luke is the Ambassador for award-winning travel group APT, hosting culinary discovery trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Myanmar and Japan. As the official Food Ambassador for ETIHAD Airways, he crafts the airline’s First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class menus.
Luke’s entrepreneurial streak gave way to the launch of GRAIN Cooking Studios, Saigon in March 2015, which offers hands-on cooking classes where guests can experience a culinary and cultural journey through Vietnam. Vietnam House represents Luke’s first restaurant opening in Vietnam.
About WMC Group
Windsor Property Management Group Corporation (WMC Group) is a hospitality and property services management company headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The company’s diverse management portfolio includes hotels, serviced apartments, offices, restaurants, and commercial shopping centers.
Guided by the company vision and mission, WMC Group is now embarking on a dynamic path of expansion and growth to become one of Vietnam’s leading hospitality and property management groups.
Vietnam House Restaurant
93-97 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
T: (028) 3822 2226
Open daily from 11:00am to 11:00pm
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