GREEN MANGO $$ – $$$
At Green Mango the ambiance is just as delicious as the food. Silk tapestries highlight the ornate black wood framed walls of the beautiful two-story colonial house on Nguyen Thai Hoc. The entrance is alluring with cozy, over-stuffed couch seating areas and quaint tables overlooking the street.
French cooking techniques are married with Vietnamese cuisine and this fusion, combined with a lounge-like vibe, make for a lovely evening out with friends or a luxurious lunch for two.
With mains ranging from 120,000 VND to 200,000 VND, and two-for-one drink specials from midday to 8pm, Green Mango offers exceptional Asian-fusion fine-dining at affordable prices.
The man behind the menu is chef, Hai Nguyen. Hai was noted as ‘One of Asia’s Finest’ by the Miele Guide. With 30 years’ experience, Hai knows what works but continues to experiment. His food is inventive but refined, incorporating not only fresh ingredients but also high-quality and hard-to-find products.
‘Some people, even some chefs, laughed at me when I told them I was making duck pho’, says Hai, sniggering himself. ‘People always eat pho with chicken or beef. It gets boring. Times are changing so why can’t the food?’ (There’s a seafood pho on the menu that also confidently breaks with tradition.)
Behind the amply stocked bar in the center of the restaurant –a dramatic space of its own that also serves some of the best coffee in town – are floor-to-ceiling glass-encased wine racks. The selection is sure to delight any connoisseur. But even if you’re not a wine expert, a table next to the impressive collection makes for an intimate setting.
A spacious air-conditioned dining room on the second floor has ample room for large parties or functions.