Here is a riddle for you. Why did two Frenchmen come to Vietnam to open up a New York-style steakhouse? The answer by Freddie Quick. Photos by Quinn Ryan Mattingly.
Frenchman number one is Herve Beal, who had a start in France, before going through New York City to reach Vietnam so that after a stint at Sofitel Plaza he could finally establish New York Steakhouse & Winery in Saigon.
But, for this Frenchman to open a New York-style restaurant was hardly a straightforward ride. Indeed, how could it be? In 1987, Herve started his career in various bars in France, Corsica and Luxembourg. Three years later, he joined the cruise ship Mermoz, Croisieres Paquet as the bar manager, sailing around the world for three years, visiting 86 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Asia. It was during this period that he first visited Vietnam and became charmed.