Magasin, the popular Magazine Street Vietnamese cafe that closed in June for renovations, announced plans to reopen in late August with a “more sophisticated and upscale traditional Vietnamese concept.” The renovation plans were announced in June, but no reopening date was given.
Changes will include “upscale contemporary décor, table service, a fresh oyster bar, and a full beverage bar with a refreshing signature cocktail menu,” according to a press release. A full beer and wine menu will also be added to the former BYO spot.
The menu will also go upscale with “unique dishes, typically found at celebratory Vietnamese events such as weddings and banquets, but are not normally seen in local restaurants.” When the restaurant reopens, look for braised abalone, sautéed lobster with noodles, Vietnamese crepe (a popular item from the cafe), and lotus stem salads.
Magasin owner Kim Nguyen is also the force behind Magasin Kitchen in the CBD. She also runs Sprout & Press on Freret Street, which serves juices and light lunches.