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Matt Ryan

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NAME:

Matt Ryan

FROM:

U.K.

LIVED IN THAO DIEN FOR…?

Union Jack’s has been in Thao Dien for 2 years.

ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO IN THAO DIEN:

Sitting by the river – I love the coffee shops but my absolute favourite is chilling by the river. The Boathouse is my favourite spot but mostly I love Thao Dien because it feels like you’re not in Saigon anymore. This place gives me an Island vibe.

FAVORITE FOOD:

Vietnamese – Cao Lau those noodles, bbq pork and crackling. mmmm!

Western – Fish & Chips of course, followed closely by a homely Sunday Roast.

FAVORITE COLOR:

Sky Blue

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU:

I missed my flight home 12 years ago which sped up plans to move to Asia.

 

Known For

I’m known for Union Jack’s Fish & Chips & Indika Saigon. Union Jack’s is the quintessential British Fish & Chips restaurant in the heart of Thao Dien. If you’ve never tried British Fish ‘n’ Chips, you must – it’s the emblematic British meal, and very tasty.

My family came from a background in hospitality – my Grandad owned a pub for many years and my Dad owned a cafe and a food truck in England. I’ve always enjoyed being a host and absolutely love making people feel happy and welcome.

I came through Vietnam as a backpacker 12 years ago and fell in love with this crazy vibrant place. One of the first ‘local pubs’ I frequented was owned and operated by four sisters. I soon became partners with two of the sisters in a new bar and then a new cafe which taught me a lot about how to do business in Vietnam and how to work with people from different cultures.

We initially started with another Fish & Chips restaurant in D1. We took over the premises and some furniture but started from scratch with a new brand – Union Jack’s Fish & Chips. Union Jack’s has been in Thao Dien for 2 years. We love it here. It’s a great community and we feel at home here.

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