Stylish European and Asian fusion cuisine with killer views. Review and photographs by Brett Davis.
Perched on the ninth-floor rooftop of a hotel adjacent to Ben Thanh market, OMG has superb views over downtown Saigon and food to match. The menu is focused but includes enough choices to satisfy everyone across hot and cold starters, pasta and risotto, mains and dessert.
The fusion in the cuisine here comes in subtle additions of spices and herbs, such as five spice, green pepper or wasabi. There are also original twists on classic dishes that surprise and intrigue.
For instance, most people will probably not have contemplated a tartare of crocodile (VND 220,000), yet it is infinitely wonderful. The flesh is akin to the kinds of white fish used in sashimi such as kingfish or yellowtail. Mixed with dill and served of a base of diced mango, the dish is nothing short of a revelation.
From the hot starter side we tried the half-cooked salmon and red tuna (VND 240,000). The pieces of fish are rolled in five spices and seared very quickly which makes for a delicious crust and textual counterpoint to the soft inner flesh.
The foie gras is a specialty at OMG and is served individually (VND 450,000) or in a trio (VND 550,000) of infused flavours with accompanying garnishes. The candied ginger foie gras comes with chilli mango chutney, the Porto Cognac foie gras with marmalade onion grenadine, while the Havana cigar flavour comes with apple, prune and rosemary chutney.
Next up was a seafood risotto (VND 280,000) with shrimp, clams and chorizo sausage that was satisfyingly rich and cheesy.
The standout of the evening, though, was the osso bucco (VND 650,000) made with venison rather than the traditional veal. It was melting-off-the-bone tender and came with couscous, vegetables and a side of gravy made from the roasting juices.
The desserts are no slouch at OMG and all come in at VND 90,000. The lemon tart’s curd was exquisitely tangy, while the chocolate and banana croque monsieur is a decadent fried sandwich that Elvis would be proud of.
OMG is adding a retractible roof system to make the venue wet-season friendly, and will host a live band each Wednesday night and DJs on Friday and Saturday starting in July. Also from this month, the restaurant will open from 11am and offer a set lunch special.
15-17-19 Nguyen An Ninh, D1
Tel: 09 37 20 02 22
Open from 11am to 1am