This Vietnamese restaurant is a good 10 to 15 minutes ride from the central District 1 area. It was tucked in an unassuming street in Tan Dinh Ward (still in District 1) surrounded by private homes at 10 Dang Tat Street.
Cục Gạch Quán means Department of Ceramic or Brick as can be seen in the material used to build this French colonial house turned restaurant.
It has a pond in the middle, separating the front dining area, kitchen and the stairs to the upper dining.
I didn’t get to take photos of the place much because lots of people were dining and it seemed rude. When we got there, they asked if we had reservations. Well, we didn’t. But they accommodated us anyway. There were empty tables but I think they were trying to keep the ambiance and limiting dining areas to a few number of diners so it wouldn’t be too noisy. Especially since I had my son in tow.
It has a homey and intimate appeal with low-lying tables, pillows, and cushy seats. The warm lights and lamplights gave the place an additional cozy air. Great for couples! But it also has long family tables that’ll do well for big groups.
The doorways are low, so you actually had to stoop a bit to enter the dining areas. I think that alone is ingenious as you can’t actually see the area you are entering and all of a sudden you are treated to an interplay display of architecture and furniture.
Love the details that were brought into the place. Here’s a shot of our menu in English (which was really thick) and the chopsticks in tin can.
Since I researched about the place, I have several food in mind to order. I actually wrote them down on a piece of paper where I also wrote down the address of the place. And yes, I lost that paper. Good thing hubby read what I wrote too and remembered a few of the food I wanted to try.
Since it was just us 3, we limited the dishes to 3 — it wasn’t like my son was going to eat anyway. The waiter, who spoke wonderful English, gave his suggestions as well. And although we were on the second floor, waiters were easy to spot and really made our dining experience so much better.
There were a few others we wanted to try but the 3 dishes above were more than enough for my husband and I. And we ordered so well! These are really terrific dishes to try out. I actually can’t wait to go back and eat there again!
But this time, we’ll be sure to make a reservation just in case.
Cục Gạch Quán
10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan Dinh, District 1, Saigon
Tel: (84.8) 38 48 01 44 // (84) 01 657 10 10 10