The name of our restaurant is Anan which means “eat, eat” and we are located in Chợ Cũ along Tôn Thất Đạm Street, a wet market in the heart of bustling Saigon. We specialize in street food-inspired dishes created by our award-winning chef Peter Cuong Franklin. Chef Peter’s creative take on Vietnamese cuisine reflects his vision of a Vietnam that remains deeply respectful of history and traditions yet equally progressive and international in outlook. Chef Peter is inspired by the country’s vibrant food culture, using fresh ingredients sourced from local markets while incorporating French culinary techniques honed during his training at Le Cordon Bleu.
The Anan Experience can be found in an iconic “tube house”, one of the tall, thin buildings that typify modern Vietnamese architecture. Upstairs from Anan, on the 2nd floor, is the cocktail bar Nhau Nhau. The name means “drink, drink” – a tribute to Vietnam’s culture of after-work drinking and eating. And above that, is Pot Au Pho noodle bar which showcases the country’s most iconic noodle dish, pho. Before and after visits to any of the venues, guests can transition to the building’s rooftop dining bar and take in the breathtaking views of downtown Saigon. Anan Saigon was featured in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 & 2022, Vietcetera Restaurant Of The Year 2022 and Time World’s 100 Greatest Places 2021.
Peter Cuong Franklin is a Vietnamese-American chef who studied at Le Cordon Bleu and trained at world-famous restaurants including Caprice in Hong Kong, Alinea in Chicago and Nahm in Bangkok. A pioneer of modern Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, he is a leading light and one of the most recognizable faces on the country’s dynamic gastronomic scene. His true inspiration is his mother, who runs a small noodle shop in Dalat in central Vietnam and is famed for her prawn & pork turmeric noodle soup. At Anan Saigon, he combines his deep knowledge of Southeast Asian street-food flavors with contemporary international techniques. He serves on the advisory board of Streets International, a charity that trains disadvantaged youths for a career and future in F&B. Chef Peter also helms Nhau Nhau cocktail bar and Pot Au Pho noodle bar, with all his restaurants – including Anan Saigon – located in Chợ Cũ, the oldest wet market in Ho Chi Minh’s city center. He also works with local charities such as Saigon Children, Koto and Streets International, helping disadvantaged youth to gain experience and employment in the hospitality industry. Chef Peter was recognized as Tatler Asia’s Most Influential Tastemakers of 2021.
The Old Market
Chợ Cũ Tôn Thất Đạm is of one of the oldest wet markets in Saigon. Despite the open market’s humble and dilapidated exterior, many of the vendors at Chợ Cũ have been here for generations and are known to provide some of best and highest-quality herbs, fruits, vegetables, meats and other products in the city. Based directly in the middle old the market, Anan reflects a vision of the new Saigon by connecting the traditional street market with quality ingredients, modern presentation and cooking techniques.
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