Prem Vegetarian recipes and bohemian rooms promote stronger living. By Ruben Luong. Photos by Brett Davis.
Fresh, alternative recipes at Prem vegetarian bistro in District 3 are exactly what Saigon denizens need to power through the day.
In the mornings, Prem’s Beet the Weak (VND 65,000), a freshly-squeezed blend of beet root, carrot, baby bok choy and ginger juice would make a resilient and nutritious protein boost.
Later during the afternoon, the chickpea burger (VND 85,000), a savoury chickpea and portobello mushroom patty stuffed in a homemade brown rice bun, would be a wholesome snack or light meal for a quick work lunch away from the office.
And ending the day strong, Prem’s filling zucchini noodles with capers and ripe cherry tomatoes (VND 95,000) would restore and balance a heavy or productive workout at the gym after a long day.
The fact is, it’s hard to be disappointed regardless of what you order at Prem, which translates to ‘love’ in Sanskrit. Dishes ranging a mere VND 45,000-98,000 are unpretentious. Instead, they feature spontaneous ingredient pairings to detox and refuel, building happier, energised, focused and stronger bodies.
Indeed, Prem likes to push boundaries, so you’ll see diverse salads like glass noodle, sweet potato, water cress or even broccoli almond. There are also more than 15 main dishes such as eggplant parmigiana (VND 88,000), a fried eggplant with breadcrumbs, tomato sauce and cheese toppings that’s a favourite among regulars.
Prem’s space, like its menu, is about being welcoming and communal, exuding bohemian chic. Artisan textiles and traditional pottery punctuate sparse concrete walls and long tables on the ground floor and upper mezzanine, where there’s floor seating with cushion pillows next to low bookshelves.
Consistent with the holistic space, free yoga and meditation classes are organised every Sunday afternoon from 4-6pm. on Prem’s rooftop terrace. Yoga classes accommodate 10 and are first come first served. Register beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prem is isolated down a small and isolated hem suitable for calm lunches and yoga, but they now also offer delivery by phone and online.