Food Festival Alert: Lantern Festival At Nho Saigon, Mumbai 

Oct 18, 2022, 8:06 IST

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon - Veg Pho

Vietnamese bistro Nho Saigon is celebrating its first birthday with a Lantern Festival menu until October 23

To mark one year in Mumbai’s commercial district of BKC, Nho Saigon is celebrating with a Lantern Festival inspired by the lanes of Vietnam.  On until October 23, 2022,  the special menu curated by Chef Anirudh Patil and Chef Gautam Biswas for the Vietnamese bistro includes specially-flagged-off delicacies and desserts, alongside other culinary classics from the SouthEast Asian nation. “As Nho Saigon was completing an eventful year, we wanted to go beyond our boundaries and offer our guests a special menu,” the chef duo revealed. “We also wanted to offer Vietnamese dishes that are available at the original Lantern Festival. After a lot of trials, we shortlisted a menu that was a good mix of unique and simple dishes such as Banh Cuon, Tamarind Prawns and Sweet & Sour Pineapple Tofu, delicacies that we hope everyone enjoys!”  

 

In keeping with the inspiration, the bistro is dotted with lanterns and other decor elements that transport you to the thriving port city of Hoi An, where the Lantern Festival had its beginnings in the 16th and 17th centuries. 

What We Ate And Drank

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon - Vietnamese lotus Root


We started with Vietnamese Lotus Root – slices of lotus root at just the right degree of crispiness elevated with a sauce of sweet chilli and tamarind, sprinkled with sesame. These are addictive and worth fighting your dining companions for.

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon - Banh Mi Tofu


Our next big bite was the Pan Seared Tofu Banh Mi. The banh mi is a Vietnamese staple, a French baguette stuffed with lettuce, fresh herbs and pickled vegetables. In this vegetarian version, spongy batons of tofu contrast perfectly with the crisp bread, the whole smothered in a tangy sauce. 

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon - Aromatic pot Rice Veg

We went on to Vietnam’s famous traditional clear broth with rice noodles and herbs. The Veg Pho (main image) at Nho Saigon is a wonderful canvas to play around with using the three house-made dips – hot sauce, soya lemon and tamarind orange, and the other condiments and toppings to get the taste you want. And we loved the Aromatic Pot Rice (above) topped with crackers and a veg stew. This is really a hug in a bowl, with the water chestnuts, fungi and other mushrooms working seamlessly to help you appreciate the umami hit that this dish delivers. It is also available with an option of noodles instead of rice. 

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon - Vietnamese Che Thai


The
Vietnamese Che Thai – a creamy, coconutty fruit cocktail flavoured with lemon grass and dotted with water chestnuts and pandan jelly –  made a perfect end to the meal.

Lantern Festival at Nho Saigon -  Flora Dora

We also thoroughly enjoyed the
Flora Dora, a mocktail of orange juice, elderflower syrup, citrus and kaffir lime leaves that was both fruity and tangy.  

 

At a time when Vietnam is welcoming Indians with a slew of direct flights and offers, Nho Saigon offers a delicious introduction to its food and culture, with the special dishes on the food festival menu making a culinary invitation to Hoi An. 


Location: Nho Saigon, Unit 1-B, Plot No C-68 Jet Airways Godrej BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051

The Lantern Festival menu is on until October 23, 2022


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