Inspired by the charismatic and daring character of Vietnamese women and with a sophisticated menu and design to match that disposition, the new Miss Thu restaurant at Fusion Original Saigon Centre is the city’s newest dining destination with a story to tell.
The restaurant’s tale pivots around a central character, Miss Thu, a pioneering woman with charm and style. Her presence is felt in the hip, modern decor with a ceiling design that evokes the traditional nón quai thao (a style of Vietnamese hat) and textured windows with a flutter of mandarin hand fans. Contemporary and bold artworks by local artists capture elements of Saigon’s past and its more cosmopolitan present.
“Locals and travelers alike are seeking more from a restaurant these days,” said Alvaro Moreno, general manager of Fusion Original Saigon Centre, “Yes, they want great food, but they also want immersion in a setting with soul and substance. Miss Thu steps up with some of that.”
The menu bridges tradition and innovation with Vietnamese flavors running throughout. Proudly local options like spring rolls stuffed with fresh tiger prawns, fried scallops, and Iberico pork feature on the menu alongside Vietnamese-inspired items like a sweet & sour Norwegian salmon and Argentinian beef tenderloin with Vietnamese chimichurri. Street food favorites are also available, along with sweeter treats like a French Crème Brûlée, with local ingredients of coconut, lemongrass and ginger.
The head chef, Arnaud Daleau, comes from France and draws on French culinary training and hands-on experience in Paris and Sydney, along with three years of local knowledge formed when working in a 5-star international hotel in Saigon, prior to joining the Fusion team. He’s worked in kitchens for more than 10 years.
“With Miss Thu we wanted to create a menu with bold flavors and unique takes on Vietnamese dishes that showcase the vibrant nature of Vietnamese cuisine,” said Daleau. “Miss Thu also comes across in the menu with some personal notes about the dishes as the style icon would experience them.”
The new restaurant is located on the 24th floor of Fusion Original Saigon Centre. The property opened its doors to guests in July and occupies the top ten floors of Saigon Centre, the city’s largest and most fashionable mixed-use development.
Miss Thu is open from 6:00 to 22:00 every day. Main dishes range between VND 320,000 – 875,000 (approximately USD 14 – 37).
Author: Deb Davad