With a name like shri—a Hindu word for god or illumination—this restaurant and lounge certainly set its ambitions high when it opened atop the Centec Tower in District 3. From its perch on the 23rd floor and the commanding, 360-degree views of Saigon's twinkling cityscape from the white-linen clad dining room and frangipani-lined outdoor terrace, Shri doesn't disappoint. The uber-sophisticated setting is matched with an equally urbane menu, whose contemporary European treasures include a 200-gram Wagyu beef tenderloin accompanied by seasonal vegetables and a choice of eight sauces ranging from horseradish cream to wild mushroom, a sea bass wrapped in Serrano ham with olive oil mash and gremolata, and a pepper duck breast served with gratin dauphinois. There's also a number of simple yet creative dishes for smaller appetites, like a roast lamb and arugula salad or a papardelle pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and ricotta cheese. Everything simply shines here, from the gorgeously presented meals to the sparkling glassware to the 200-plus selection of Old and New World wines, handpicked by general manager and sommelier Ashley Nichols, who trained as a sommelier at London's Michelin-starred Chez Bruce.
Tel: +84 8 3827 9631
Published on Mar 27, 2012