Venue: The Spotted Cow
Address: 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon
The Spotted Cow, Football friendly and great staff.
Having just arrived in Saigon, I was desperate to find a bar that was showing the English FA Cup final. My team were at Wembley for the second final in three years, I had to see them. The Spotted Cow was recommended to me and I duly went along the day before the final to ask if they would be showing it. The signs were good, four TVs and a big screen all showing sport. I ordered a beer and asked if the boss was in, he was. Andy, introduced himself and joined me for a chat. Originally from Inverness, though I would never have guessed, he was sympathetic to my cause. Yes, they would show the game. I will be back, tomorrow!
Turn into Bui Vien from The Crazy Buffalo, The Spotted Cow is about 150 yards up on the left hand side, underneath the Pepperonis Pizza Bar, same owners! It’s easy to find. The street is a riot of backpackers and ex pats all vying for space outside, certainly in the late evenings. Unusually for me, I actually enjoyed a backpacker street and I have a history with backpackers, though I have to say in Saigon, they are simply not the same animal as I grew to dislike in Bangkok. This is a fun street! I will be back!
Andy and his staff are terrific, they cannot do enough to make you feel at home. The pub was buzzing with quite a few customers already in, they were mainly an Australian crowd and so not really into the English footie! But true to his word at match time, Andy killed the music and tried to find English commentary, boy did he try. It wasn’t to be, all we could get was Vietnamese coverage which didn’t add to my enjoyment of the game. After about 30 minutes of trying everything from internet radio stations to local TV, Andy had to admit defeat. But, he really did all he could to allow me to enjoy the game. The service in this place is excellent, the girls really look like they care about you. Maybe I have been too long in Bangkok, but staff that actually want customers? I’ll be back!
The Spotted Cow presents a good pub style atmosphere that makes it easy to relax and enjoy yourself. The staff are sensitive to your needs, they don’t hang around asking every 2 minutes if you want another drink, but when your glass is empty, you don’t have to wait long before it gets filled. The perfect balance and they look great as well. I look forward to seeing the place for the big Premier League games as I guess the atmosphere will be even better. The FA Cup was not advertised to a great extent in Vietnam, whereas everyone wants to see the big league games. Next season should be interesting, I’ll be back!
Food & Drink
The food is really good. I had read somewhere that they served “basic pub grub” but what I had wasn’t basic, it was extremely good. On the first day there I had the enchiladas, they were really delicious. On the second visit, I continued my passion for trying different Mexican origami and went with the Nachos with spicy beef. As good as I have had anywhere! I will be back!
So there you have it, I like The Spotted Cow, it feels like a proper pub. I’ll be back…have I already said that?