The Holidays are upon us, and there is a certain reminiscent Sunday meal that everyone seems to seek out come this time of year: the roast. Whether it’s lamb, beef, pork, or anything else you’ve gotten to fancy over the years (all of these locations will be offering turkey for Christmas). There are a bunch of places that advertise “Sunday Roast”. However, which ones are the cream of the crop? We went through a lot of mash and gravy to get to the bottom of this list, and here we have the five best places to celebrate your holiday and everyone’s favourite heaping plate.
1st Floor 171 Calmette Street, District 1
Cafe Restaurant has become a hotspot for people craving a Western-style breakfast. On top of their pancakes, awesome egg dishes, and light sandwiches perfect for the morning meal, they do one hell of a Sunday roast. The best part about this one is that they have a gang of great cocktail and wine specials to coincide with your feast.
They serve up your choice of beef, pork rib, lamb, chicken, or fish served with all the trimmings. Mash, market fresh vegetables, a healthy serving of gravy, and they even top it off with a complimentary dessert. They serve their roast at 11am sharp, until 5pm, every Sunday. Now here’s where it gets really fun: they sport an all-you-can-drink bloody mary and gin and tonic trolley. I don’t know about everyone, but if we can get a fine Sunday roast at the same time as unlimited flow service of two of the best brunch cocktails in the history of alcohol, you can count us in. The roast is priced at VND400,000 and the unlimited flow bar is priced the same. Kids 12 and under eat for free.
1st Floor 171 Calmette Street, District 1
DTwo Sports Bar
55 Thao Dien, District 2
If you want to watch all of the sports you possibly can, and have one of the best roast dinners in town, you don’t have to look any further than DTwo Sports Bar. We went through a lot of roasts to make this list, and one thing is for sure: this meal is huge, extremely legit, and is served by folks that are passionate about the food.
Every Sunday the team at DTwo serves their roast for a special price, VND200,000. It is packed with either beef, lamb, or pork, depending on the rotation or selection, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, roasted pumpkin, peas, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, gravy, and a side of horseradish. It’s huge. Even better the chef prepares everything the day of, so every plate that comes out is fresh and ready to be devoured. The best part is DTwo’s roast dinner is available everyday, and still at a really competitive price (VND250,000). This has to be hands-down the best value for an authentic roast dinner in Saigon.
28 Thao Dien, District 2
Those looking to add in some family fun time should look no further than the roast at Park Lane in District 2’s Thao Dien Ward. The grounds is home to the only mini golf course in town. Not only is there some putt-putt for your pleasure, but the family can enjoy some push buggies, a great jungle gym complete with zipline and a fantastic first floor-covered patio that overlooks the grounds. Sometimes food quality takes a back seat at places like this, but fear not.
Park Lane knows how to cook a roast. VND400,000 gets you a heaping portion of either beef, lamb, pork or chicken, a meat-specific accompaniment along with rosemary roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and house made gravy. Along with the ample plate of food, a glass of either white or red Lafite wine and for dessert, a single tub of sexy ice cream. Yes, you read it right, sexy ice cream. Keeping with the family theme, there is a smaller children’s portion, sans wine and ice cream for just VND120,000. If you are in Thao Dien and want a bit more than a Sunday feed, Park Lane might be your place.
R2-24 Hung Gia 3, Bui Bang Street Phu My Hung Urban Area, District 7
District 7 is home to one of the most well-known expat haunts in all of Ho Chi Minh City. What good would a bar be with a bunch of foreigners milling about, watching knockouts on the television, swigging brew, and generally enjoying themselves as much as possible if they didn’t offer a roast dinner of their own?
Tavern serves up a fantastic traditional Sunday roast packed with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, served up with a boatload of veggies, gravy, and sharp horseradish sauce. They serve up a trio of great options in their Australian ribeye beef (VND260,000), New Zealand lamb (VND265,000) and pork (VND225,000). They start serving at mid-day, and when they run out, they’re out! Make sure to get in early so you don’t miss another fantastic roast meal. It’s always a special treat to find some fine foreigner fare outside of District 2 and District 1. If you’ve never been by the Tavern, make sure to pop in and say hello.
No.1 Street 2, Thao Dien Ward, District 2.
401 Pham Thai Buong H11-2, Tan Phong Ward, District 7.
Not all of us have an incapability in the kitchen, or want to go out to a restaurant or bar for a proper Sunday roast. There’s a certain bit of culture in hosting a roast with family all around, familiar aromas wafting in and out of the home, and the excited preparation to serve one of the most recognisable and nostalgic meals around. Luckily we have places like Meatworks Butchery to offer us every product we could possibly need to get a proper Sunday roast going in our own abode.
Meatworks serves high quality free-range beef and lamb imported from Australia, and man is it good stuff. They sell an ‘easy carve’ lamb leg for VND500,000 per kilo, you can peruse and purchase their products on their online shop, and they even provide recipes for everything from Indian dishes to grill favourites. If you stop in to one of their locations they will always have new preparations that will save you time, and the staff is knowledgeable about all different cuts of meat and techniques for making the best meal possible. Although you may just be looking for a big cut of meat tailor-made for your Sunday feast, pop in regularly on their website or in the shop to peruse their constantly-rotating selection.