We believe that even the simplest meals may become ambrosia when you are in a happy mood. We hope our hospitality sustains your happy mood and we thank you for sharing with us the pleasures of our cuisine.


Chef Patron & ProprietorTRISTAN NGO

Tristan Ngo is a chef, restaurateur and food writer from Culver City, California. Originated from Saigon now Ho Chi Minh City and have the good fortune to grow up in the sunny, surf and sand of Southern California.

Owners of the long standing Skewers Restaurant, The Elbow Room, Skewers Hospitality Group catering service and newly open Cafe Sweet Street. Tristan is a self-taught and self-made cook takes a pratical approach to work with food. His down to earth attitude finds its culinary counterpart in food that is "simple, unpretentious and never too complicated to prepare."

Tristan Ngo has 2 business degrees from the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management. Co-hosted of Bizarre Foods with celebrity Chef Andwer Zimmern and celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn. A member of the Vietnam Chef's Association, a founding member of the IWFS (the International Winen and Food Society) Saigon Chapter and a panelist for the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Asian Restaurant. You can follow Tristan's monthly Local Eats article on AsiaLife magazine and website.


General Manager & ProprietorTRAN NGHIEP LIEN

A native of Saigon loves food and a born businesswoman. She is simply known as “The Boss”. Lien worked in the service industry a few years prior in teaming with Skewers from our humble beginning.

She dedicated herself to maintain quality of hospitality to many aspects of the restaurants, from financial sustainability through employee satisfaction. What more can we say? She is the Boss and run the show. Most evening you can find her behind the bar.

Skewer's Service Manager

Skewer's Service ManagerHA PHUONG TAM

After graduation, with Bachelor's degree in Restaurant and Hospitality, Tam began working for Skewers since 2012.

Always interested in this industry, she soon realized that she needed to follow her passion. Together with friendly colleagues, she put herself forward to learn much more about food and drinks through hard work and determination.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day"- Tam believes that if she loves what she's doing, she will be able to satisfy any customer and overcome whatever lying ahead. Tam's favorite dish in Skewers would definitely be the spaghetti, clam chowder in a bread bowl, or simply steak together with red wine.

The Elbow Room 's Restaurant Manager

The Elbow Room's Restaurant ManagerTRAN HUYNH BAO PHUONG

Phuong is a veteran who has 15 years experience working with both Skewers and the Elbow Room. She started as a waitress at first but has learned so much things about team work and communication. Her straight-forward yet dynamic character has helped her to build an irreplacable position in the team.

Phuong thinks that the job chose her, not the other way around. One day walking in to the restaurant and you can see her energy gleaming from every smile. Such a spirit can light up anyone's meal experience. Phuong's favorite dish in the Elbow Room would be the breakfast burritto or chicken wings. Its well-seasoned flavors are tasteful and perfect for a morning start.

Executive Chef

Executive ChefLE THI HA

The multi-talented Ha graduate from the Culinary Institute here in Vietnam is our acting executive chef and has been with Skewers since 2000. Coming from an international hotel background where she learned her culinary skill and refined it here in Skewers.

From banqueting, catering and wine pairing dinners, Ha makes all of us looks good and our job easier. Ha is our backbone in our kitchen, multitasking day to day operation and train new kitchen staff.

The Elbow Room's Chef

The Elbow Room's ChefLU MINH CO

Co is one of the few staff that started with us in Skewers Restaurant since 2000. Co is currently our Elbow Room Chef directing food preparation process and training kitchen staff on a daily basis.

Group outline

Group Name
Skewers Hospitality Group
Tristan Ngo (Chef Patron & Proprietor)
Tran Nghiep Lien (General Director & Proprietor)
Skewers (since 2000)
the Elbow Room (since 2009)