A spread of authentic Vietnamese fare
Buffet eateries may not have the allure of a fine-dining institution, but this Vietnamese-focused, all-day restaurant inside Ho Tram Casino Resort Vietnam is more than worth a visit. The well-known breakfast buffet at Ginger is included in the room rate for all package guests, and sooner or later you’ll likely pass through this buffet heaven, possibly hobnobbing with Vietnamese glitterati refueling after a night of partying.
Located on the ground floor, Ginger serves up East-meets-West buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners for mainly package guests, as well as à la carte selections that feature authentic Vietnamese favorites. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool area, Ginger is awash with natural light and the space maintains an upbeat feel with 280 seats in booths and tables. Plush carpeting in tones of brown and gold combine with large mirrored columns for a retro, Art Deco look, punctuated by abstract light installations overhead.
The breakfast selection is simply enormous. A dozen or so hot Western and Asian dishes change every day of the week. In addition to the requisite charcuterie, cheeses and freshly baked pastries, there’s a live station whipping up eggs to order along with pancakes and waffles. Western hot breakfast items might include onion and bacon quiche, croquette potatoes and veal sausage. Ginger’s clientele is mostly Asian travelers, and this is reflected in the expansive Asian selections, including dim sum, congees, sushi, noodle soups and hot dishes like braised vegetables and tofu in oyster sauce, grilled eggplant Szechuan-style and pan-seared pork belly with spices.
Lunch and dinner buffets also rotate regularly. Expect to find a predominance of Vietnamese-Chinese dishes like pomelo salad with tiger prawns and mint leaves, Vietnamese braised beef with sate sauce, and wok-fried squid in sweet-and-sour sauce. The dinner buffet has more of the same, but with additional options showcasing some of Vietnam’s freshest ingredients, like vegetables from the Dalat highlands and local seafood, including wok-fried local clams with chili and lemongrass and steamed flower crab with lemon and salt.
If buffets aren’t your style, Ginger also offers a trio of set Vietnamese menus as well as à la carte items where you’ll find dishes ranging from home-style (think simple watercress and minced pork soup) to an all-out fine-ding level. Fresh seafood at market prices is also available, and you can choose your preferred cooking style: steamed, in tamarind sauce, or simply fried with salt and pepper.