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After ‘discovering’ this restaurant a couple of
months ago, I googled it and found that I was rather late to the party – that
it was being talked about all over the net and that several other bloggers had
already posted about it, singing its praises.Nevertheless, I want to add my twopenn’orth, as we say in my home county
We’ve been visiting Saigon regularly at weekends
since first coming to Vietnam back in September.We usually stay in the Pham Ngu Lau
area.In fact, we usually stay on Bui
Vien Street just a few hundred metres from Baba’s Kitchen.Until about seven or eight weeks ago, though,
we had never even noticed it was there.It was a tip-off from some colleagues that sent us looking for it.They were raving about it as ‘the best curry
house in Saigon’.Well, all I can say is
that I concur!!
On that first weekend, we ate there on the Friday
night and went back again on the Saturday!Then, the following weekend, we were there again – just the one visit
this time!Since then, we’ve been back
several times, most recently a couple of days ago.
So, it’s an Indian restaurant offering a wide
range of dishes from different regions of India as well as the ubiquitous
English Indian dish – chicken tikka masala!!That’s what my husband ordered on the first occasion we ate at Baba’s
Kitchen, on the assumption that, ‘if they can get that right, then everything
else will be good’.I’m not sure about
the logic of his argument, but the chicken tikka masala met with his approval,
as has everything else we’ve sampled from the menu.The dishes have all been well-flavoured and
well-presented.When ordering, you are
asked about how spicy you would like your dish to be.Mark (my husband) likes hot and spicy food,
but the medium-spiced curries in Baba’s are hot enough for him, meaning that
‘mild’ is about right for me!!Their
korma is the hottest I’ve tasted anywhere!The side dishes and breads have all been as equally delicious as the
main dishes and they are not afraid to use spice in everything – even the
poppadoms!We have also visited Baba’s
with a vegetarian friend who was impressed with the choice and the quality of
the meat-free dishes.
The prices in Baba’s are reasonable and the staff
are extremely friendly and efficient.The only problem might be that, as the popularity of the restaurant
spreads, and with only seven tables downstairs and a few upstairs, you may find
that you have to wait a while, or, worse still, that you can’t get in at
all!!If that’s the case, I suggest you
use their takeaway service and go and eat in the nearest park!!
You can find Baba’s Kitchen at: 164 Bui Vien | Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.