Elephant Garden: Glorious Thai and Indian Food in Saigon

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A glorious banquet

Thai and Indian food in Saigon, at the same venue? This is the best news in a while, Baba’s my favourite Indian restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City have opened a new outlet in the Elephant Garden at 232 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2. This is great for me, their unbeatable lunch deals have become a regular feature in my life. However since all the major construction in District 1, it has become something of an obstacle race for me to get across town for a lunch break. Now they have teamed up with the Thai restaurant that is already there.

A lovely setting, as Frank checks the tables - pre monsoon
A lovely setting, as Frank checks the tables – pre monsoon
Thai and Indian food in Saigon D2
The trees are a major part of the ambience
3 When it rains . . .
3 When it rains . . .

Good to See Baba’s Expanding

Robin Deep and his staff have the Indian curry thing nailed, I’ve never had a bad dish there and they have some truly mouthwatering items on the menu. Baba’s have been presenting some fo the best Indian food in Saigon for a while now.  I look forward to adding Baba’s in District 2 to my regular lunch time restaurant venues. Frank and his team opened Elephant a while ago, but this idea of two restaurants with separate kitchens sharing the same tables and bar has to be a winner. It’s a great idea.

A glorious banquet
A glorious banquet
Indian food in Saigon
A superb fish curry
As good as pilau rice gets
As good as pilau rice gets
A new one for me carrot Halwa
A new one for me carrot Halwa
6 Chicken 65
6 Chicken 65

Such a great Idea Thai and Indian Food in Saigon at One Venue

To launch the new restaurant Baba’s and Elephant put on a joint event and invited friends and colleagues to a grand opening Buffet, set in the wonderful outdoor venue that they have secured. It started at 6pm and bang on time the heavens opened and Southeast Asia’s Monsoon started dumping. They have great canopies that can be opened at the drop of a hat, but it surely kept people away who would otherwise have been here. I had originally arranged to come at 7pm but saw the storm developing and got here an hour or so early

Chicken with Cashew nuts and sweet and sour pork
Chicken with Cashew nuts and sweet and sour pork
Steamed rice and mixed vegetables
Steamed rice and mixed vegetables
Thai Red and Green Curries
Thai Red and Green Curries
The ubiquitous pad thai and tom yum goong
The ubiquitous pad thai and tom yum goong

The Rain Did Not Stop the Fun

Rain or no rain, the banquet was here to be enjoyed and I dived in. It was a magnificent spread with about 20 different Indian and Thai curries and other dishes to sample. Personal favourites for me: as always I am a fanatic for Indian breads and the naan were perfect. I love the Thai chicken with cashew nit and of course the red and green Thai curries. I liked the Indian fish curry and the pilau rice. There were a couple of outstanding chicken dishes and plenty for the vegetarians. The rain dropped in biblical proportions for about an hour and then slowed to what the west would call a down pour. It didn’t prevent a constant stream of taxis arriving bringing guest, all ready to wish Robin, Frank and  their teams the best of luck.

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I really hope this place succeeds. Robin is a friend and a great bloke, I wish him every success. Getting Thai and Indian food in Saigon and right on my doorstep is a huge plus. This part of town needs a lift as well, it’s further down Thao Dien than most of the nightlife, but has the very excellent Evita’s as a close neighbour. This new venue will delight people who live at this end of “the village”.

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Following a highly successful 25-year career as a singer/songwriter and musician, Keith pulled out of the rat race and moved to Southeast Asia in 2008. First living in Thailand, he moved to Cambodia and then relocated to Ho Chi Minh City in early 2013. Keith has had work published in magazines and websites in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia. He has written for the BBC and has appeared on TV and radio in many different countries. His great loves are music and travel, but he writes on a whole range of subjects.