When hitting the buffet, I have a method. A light plate at first; some sushi, some charcuterie, maybe some oysters. Some coffee somewhere in there. No Bloody Mary yet.
It’s clever, but it’s not foolproof. The occasional ‘Champagne on the Lawn’ picnic brunch — with some super-tempting plump sausages sitting next to the grill — can complicate things.
Last month’s blankets-on-the-lawn brunch blowout was the latest buffet innovation on InterCon’s 2015 slate. The month before it was a VND2.75 million++ super brunch — eight hours, three “culinary zones”, 15 live stations. They’re shaking things up a bit on the hotel brunch front, and it seems to be working.
But it’s reaping havoc on my brunch technique. So on days like the picnic brunch, I just say to hell with it, grab as many bacon-wrapped things as I can, and make the most of it.
— Ed Weinberg
The InterContinental Asiana Saigon is on the corner of Le Duan and Hai Ba Trung, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City. Market 39 has the regular buffet — breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, with brunch happening on the weekends. Visit intercontinental.com/saigon for more specifics