Tango Juice Bar
160 Ngo Tat Binh Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone: 08 6680 6988
Sorry, I haven’t had a chance to visit the new restaurant yet. I’ll get around to updating soon.
Living here in Ho Chi Minh City we have lots of contacts who know all the best places to go. When I have free days coming up, I just ask the advice of people who’ve lived here for years. That’s how we found this little gem right in the centre of the city. With a narrow frontage, you could easily walk straight past the Tango Juice bar unless you knew where to look. It’s located at 86 Ngo Duc Ke Street, in District 1 and is directly across from the Bitexco Financial Tower which houses the Saigon Skydeck. This cafe serves delicious, healthy food and fruit drinks that will boost your energy levels and provide a welcome respite from the chaos happening just outside the door.
The menu is extensive, in English and has pictures, so they’re no issues with knowing what’s on offer. There’s a large selection of hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, bagels, burgers, subs, salads and main courses to choose. These mains include pasta, noodles, Mexican and other specialties of the house. They also have a range of combos that include a smoothie or fruit juice for a discounted price and a breakfast menu for early starters
With so much on offer it takes a little while to decide because of the huge choice. I took no time in deciding however as my friend had recommended the whole chicken breast, stuffed with goats cheese and rocket, accompanied by sauteed vegetables and mashed potato. (149 000 VND ~$7). Tim pondered over the choices and finally decided on a toasted asparagus panini with zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese (99000 VND ~$4.80). We topped the meal off with a smoothie each. Mine was Banana and Honey, Tim’s Mango for 45 000 VND each (~$2.20). Everything was delicious and the portions generous. My chicken was cooked to perfection, the flavours so different to the Asian food we have been eating almost exclusively. I love, love, love Vietnamese food, but it’s nice to eat something different once in a while.
Overall the experience was excellent. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food fresh and tasty and the environment clean and relaxing. When you are tired of noodles and rice, this might just be the place to come for a taste of home. Fresh panini’s, thick fresh bread and real cheese were some of the show stoppers for me and, I actually felt like it was doing me good.
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