Saigon weekend: Mozart concert and caviar dinner

By Phuc Trinh   August 24, 2023 | 05:31 am PT
Discover a dynamic weekend in Saigon: from classical melodies at a concert, a Hanabi-themed lunch, and a gourmet collaboration, to jazz melodies, a caviar dinner, and a vegetarian food festival.

Concert: In The Key of G Minor

Saigon Classical, a non-profit organization that aims to bring classical music closer to the public, will host a concert titled "In The Key of G Minor" on Sunday. The concert will feature the works of two renowned composers from different musical eras: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms, both of whom used the G minor key to create masterpieces of chamber music.

In The Key of G Minor. Photo courtesy of Nhom ban yeu nhac co dien Sai Gon

"In The Key of G Minor" poster. Photo courtesy of Nhom ban yeu nhac co dien Sai Gon

The G minor key is linked to feelings of mystery, seriousness, sadness, strength, and also contains touches of liveliness and vigor. This concert will exemplify these contrasting emotions through two compositions: Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1 and Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 1. These compositions were created when the composers were in their late twenties and reflect their distinctive artistic styles and inspirations.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the Arts and Literature Center, at 81 Tran Quoc Thao Street, District 3. Online registration is available at The suggested donation is VND120.000 ($5).

Hanabi-themed lunch event

FUME, a Japanese fusion restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, will host its monthly lunch event this Saturday with a theme of hanabi, or fireworks. The event will celebrate the Japanese culture of summer festivals, which are often marked by displays of fireworks in the night sky.

Hanabi. Photo courtesy of FUME

"Hanabi" lunch even poster. Photo courtesy of FUME

The event will offer a set menu inspired by summer celebrations, featuring dishes such as papaya crisp salad with sweet lime sauce, sashimi and temeri sushi hirame flounder fish, tempura shrimp with lotus root and green chilli pepper, and five kinds of original blend miso soup. The menu costs VND780,000 ($32.50) per person and includes a complimentary drink.

The reservations for the event are divided into three slots: 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m., and each slot is available for 15 guests.

Interested customers can book their seats online through FUME’s website or social media pages. The eatery is at 74/7 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1.

Gourmet Triad Collab

Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar, a Vietnamese seafood restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, will host a gourmet night titled "Gourmet Triad Collab" on Sunday, offering a menu of Vietnamese dishes made with premium ingredients, paired with fine wines and champagnes.

Gourmet Triad Collab. Photo courtesy of Ngoc Suong Restaurant

"Gourmet Triad Collab" poster. Photo courtesy of Ngoc Suong Restaurant

This event will showcase the skills of three chefs: Hoang Tung, owner of Hanoi's Å by T.U.N.G restaurant that is known for its modern Vietnamese cuisine; Vinh Le, executive chef of Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar; and Daniel Hohng, chef de cuisine of Asterid, a Michelin-selected restaurant in Los Angeles known for its seasonal and modern cuisine.

The eatery earned a spot on the list of 70 Michelin Guide's Selected restaurants in Vietnam in June, besides 29 Bib Gourmand restaurants, 3 Michelin Guide Special Awards restaurants, and four that won Michelin recognition.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at Ngoc Suong Seafood & Bar, at No. 8 Nguyen Sieu Street, District 1. The price for the event is VND2.5 million ($104) per person.

JAZZIS #10: When I Met You

The 10th edition of Jazzis, a concert series featuring jazz and pop music, will take place at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. The concert, titled "When I met you", will bring a music space with disco and pop songs from the 70s and 80s.

When I Met You. Photo courtesy of 8 the Theatre

"When I Met You". Photo courtesy of 8 the Theatre

The concert will include 20 songs from ABBA, Bees Gees, Boney M., Stevie Wonder, Modern Talking, Elton John, and many more. The songs will reflect the themes of love, intimacy, friendship and gratitude that mark the journey of a heroic youth.

The concert, which will also be hosted in Hanoi on Friday night, will start at HCMC's VOH Music One Opera house, at 3 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1, at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The tickets start at VND450,000 ($19) per person.

A night of "Caviar Indulgence"

Lune Restaurant will host a night of "Caviar Indulgence" on Friday. The event will feature a menu of dishes made with caviar, paired with champagnes and Sancerre wines.

The menu includes dishes such as cured sapa trout with apple and chartreuse jelly and lemon sponge, jumbo prawn with mangos teen and white miso, wagyu beef tenderloin with mandarin and plankton hollandaise and smoked cuttlefish, all served with caviar.

Chef Adrien Guenzi prepares dishes at Lune Restaurant. Photo by Lune

Chef Adrien Guenzi prepares dishes at Lune Restaurant. Photo by Lune

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. at Lune Restaurant & Bar at 17/14 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1. The price is VND3,000,000 ($125) per person.

Vegetarian Food Festival 2023

The festival is a free event that aims to promote vegetarianism and healthy living among the public. It will feature more than 200 booths that display and sell various vegetarian dishes. The festival will also have many activities and programs for the guests, such as contests, performances, and a concluding buffet priced at VND195,000 ($8) per person.

The event will be held from Friday to Sunday, at Starlight Bridge, District 7.

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