R&J Italian Lounge & Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City

A welcome refuge from the bustle of the city, Romeo & Juliet – or ‘R&J’, as it’s affectionately called – offers a full range of flavourful, home-style Italian dishes and is known as one of the best restaurants in the District 1 area of Saigon.

Led by Chef de Cuisine Tonino Giglio, the menu dabbles in regional favourites from north to south – from Wagyu osso buco to home-made pasta crafted with imported Italian flour.

The modern dining room exudes a distinctive contemporary flair, with walls of vibrant Italian mosaics, elaborate candelabras and a collection of differently styled dining chairs – a creative nod to the 40 distinctive corners of Italy.

Two beautifully appointed private dining rooms offer intimate spaces in which to host intimate gatherings, while the entire restaurants offers a fantastic venue for grander private events.