Food Wonders Vietnam - Specialites
Looking for good Chevre while in the Mekong Delta?
Go no further than Restaurant Thanh Thuy in the town of Can Tho.
Owned by the meticulous and hospitable 'Christian', a Chef transplanted
from Toulouse, this unlikely fusion of Vietnamese and French styles
charmed our sandals off on the sultry Mekong evening we traveled
across town to sample the restaurants' specialty - goat meat.
We were not up to tackling the goat scrotum hot pot but were willing
to test tamer fare. Not only was the goat curry (ask for it very
mild) and the "goat breast" grilled tableside excellent
but the service reminded me of those little things that contribute
to the whole experience of a good meal in the west, those things
unimportant in the east; the staff being careful to keep their fingers
out of the food, a good coffee after a meal, recommending wine and
pouring our drinks, clearing the table at just the right moment
and on the whole making the paying customer feel more like an invited
guest. After the meal we were even offered complimentary glasses
of the liquors made on the premises - banana liqueur, snake wine
and some sort of liqueur made from, what else? goat (I can't elaborate
on what part of the goat for though Christian was willing, his English
was weak. A little musky though. That's the liquor, not Christian).
These to wash down the excellent Tarte desert. All this top notch
food and hospitality, so lacking in the Asian restaurants we have
patronized, for a price so low you feel you are taking money out
of the owners Well, in a way we did. I make this recommendation
for the goat. I make this recommendation for the kind of attentiveness
that has the owner seeing you to your cyclo taxi and stand waving
good-bye at your departure. I make this plug for another selfish
reason too - on the ride home we realized we were grossly undercharged.
We felt terrible as we were already far away and unable to make
our driver understand what we wanted to do. So if anyone visiting
the Mekong Delta in the mood for great specialites de chevre would
alleviate our feelings of guilt by visiting Christian and leaving
an extra $1.50 when you settle up, we'd be ever so gratefu l. So
will your palate.