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Livin La Vida Locavore

Tapas bar & restaurant Q.itchen Factory in Ho Chi Minh City connects local farmers and producers to the people

words: MATTHEW COWAN   |   photos: Q.itchen Factory

 

Here’s a real surprise packet for lunch. Somewhere down a side street in an industrial zone of District 7 is Q.itchen Factory — a tapas bar and restaurant that offers a locavore experience. The locavore movement aims to connect local farmers and food producers to the people, and with local ingredients, apply modern cooking techniques for new and innovative dining experiences.

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Anyone familiar with the F&B industry in Vietnam will know Singaporean company Q.industries which has been offering products and services to hotels and restaurants here since 1994 — they are the ones behind Q.itchen Factory. Don’t get turned off by the location, Q.itchen Factory is actually quite easy to find from District 1 and Phu My Hung via Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7.

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The set lunch menu changes regularly, usually with a choice of two (VND190,000) or three (VND220,000) courses. An example of the three course menu is a crispy baby squid with garlic aioli starter (magic), grilled pork belly (smokey and tender) with crushed potatoes and tonkin blossoms as a main, and a Calvados apple tart with chantilly cream for dessert (dangerous).

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The set lunch doesn’t include a drink but for just VND30,000 extra, you can have a soda chanh, or for a tad more, a latte (VND55,000) which is close to the best coffee you’ll get in District 7. For VND220,000, this set lunch is excellent value, served by prompt, professional staff in a new and modern industrial-like restaurant with an open kitchen, a concept that works given the surrounding neighbourhood. If this place doesn’t take off, I’ll eat my non la and throw open my job to anyone who wants it.

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Open for lunch from 11am to 2pm.

Q.itchen Factory is at Road 7, Tan Thuan Dong, Q7, HCMC. For more info, go to facebook.com/q.itchenfactory

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