Twisted Vietnamese Cuisine Fresh from Saigon

by - Friday, August 17, 2018

I haven’t been to a Vietnamese restaurant ever since my first ever ever experience convinced me that this isn’t a cuisine that’s cut out for me. But the increasing obsession for phos and banh mis made the curious foodie in me give it another go with the newest Vietnamese restaurant in town. 

Propaganda Bistro is a restaurant fresh from Saigon, whose mission is to challenge Filipinos’ familiarity with the Vietnamese cuisine. With the restaurant’s artsy interiors, and the use of fresh ingredients to put a modern flare into your traditional Vietnamese favorites, Propaganda Bistro promises an authentic experience that goes a lot more than just dining.

Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls (10pcs) P330
Julienned carrots, cucumber, greens, kani, and rice noodles all wrapped in a nice spring roll and served with coriander and sugar fish sauce. 

Propaganda Edamame Salad P350
A salad made of organic black rice, edamame, fried baby tomatoes, topped with home-made citrus-soy tofu, and served with grilled sesame rice crackers. Remember when you had to pretend to enjoy eating healthy? Well, you won’t have to with the surprisingly play of flavors and textures from the propaganda edamame salad. 

Pate Banh Mi P300
This pate banh mi with braised pork and floss, pickled veggies, and chilli mayo was my first banh mi. I haven’t really been tempted to have this Vietnamese sandwich before because I find its appearance tasteless, but now I totally get it. The crunch from the bread and the slight kick from the sauce gave a nice touch of elevation to the banh mi I once saw as boring.

Propaganda Bun P250
Rice noodle salad with home-made lightly fried egg tofu and Propaganda's special ginger, chilli and peanut crunchy topping.

Chicken Pho P450
I had such a bad experience with pho when I first tried it, and I haven’t had one since, but Propaganda Bistro changed all that when I had their chicken pho. A serving sure was huge, but what I liked most about it was how it was both simple and flavorful at the same time. I loved its lightness, and how I was able to get the flavors coming from the herbs. 

Hue Rice Noodle Soup P450
Hue Rice Noodle Soup P450
There was a debate on which pho did better - the chicken or this hue rice noodle soup? The chicken, of course, won that debate, but this one was really really good, too! 

Crunchy Tricoloured Rice Bowl P350
We didn’t expect much from this dish since it basically looked like rice topped with egg, but this was where we learned that looks can really be deceiving. The crunchy tricoloured rice bowl is composed of three kinds of rice - black, red, and brown, and mixed with vegetables and meat (we had the BBQ chicken). It was delicious. And because it was heavy, a pot can be shared by two people, which makes it budget-friendly.

Homemade Frozen Banana and Coconut Bar with Crushed Peanut Topping P150
Homemade Soursop and Palm Sugar Ice Cream P170
Propaganda lets you indulge in healthy desserts after your meal with their homemade dessert bar and ice cream. Both are made with fruits that are not too sweet, resulting in tasty desserts that won't make you worry about your sugar levels.

Mint Cacao Kiss Smoothie P160
A smoothie concoction made with banana, cocoa, fresh mint, home-made cashew milk and honey, the mint cacao kiss smoothie is a drink enjoyed by people of all ages.

Iced Lemongrass Green Tea P90
The iced lemongrass green tea is the drink to choose if you are looking for a light, refreshing drink to awaken your soul.

Ca The Sua Da P165
For the coffee enthusiasts out there, fret not! Propaganda offers Vietnamese coffee that you'll surely love, like this iced vietnamese filter coffee with condensed milk. I'm not into coffee, but this one had me craving for one. They also have Vietnamese coffee beans available for you to bring home.

I sure did make the right decision by giving this herb-loving cuisine a second chance. Vietnam is not even in my list of places to travel to, but after spending time at Propaganda Bistro, this country has become my next one. 

My Scores:
Pricing - 4/5
Service - 5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 4.5/5

Hungry for more,

Address: 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Greenbelt 5, Makati City
Operating Hours: 11am to 10pm (Sun-Thu); 11am to 12am (Fri-Sat)
Contact: (02) 576-1908
Budget: From P300 per person
Parking: Mall Parking 
Instagram: @propagandabistroph 
Facebook: @propagandabistroph 

(Date of Visit: August 10, 2018)

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