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Saigon Eating and Drinking guide (Part 1)

April 16, 2011

GRANDEUR Journeys’ picks for Vietnamese cuisines in Saigon

An Vien
178 A Hai Ba Trung District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8) 3824 3877
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 60persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2200
Fine Vietnamese cuisine served in the quiet, elegant setting of a 1950s villa. Oozing with charm, the two levels feature a variety of small rooms each with inviting and homely interiors.

Banh Xeo 46A
46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8) 3824 1110
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 80persons
Service time: 1100 – 2200
Hugely popular local style restaurant serving Banh Xeo which is a savoury pancake stuffed with prawns, pork and vegetables. Establishment in 1941 this is one of the city’s most popular eateries for locals. A local experience however high tables and comfortable seating are offered. Best for dinner.

Barbeque Garden
135A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Dist. 1 ,Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel : (84-8) 3823 3340
Cuisine : Western/Vietnamese
Capacity: 200persons
Service time: 1100 – 2300
As the name defines, the garden serves mostly barbecued treats, from individual dish to sumptuous sets designed for different group sizes. Aiming at both foreigners and locals, Barbecue Garden offers a fusion Western-Vietnamese taste, combining the fresh, hearty and cheesy taste with strong saucy flavours. Perfect for families as children like to take part in the barbequing experience.

Com Nieu 1 and 2
6C Tu Xuong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City                  Tel: (84-8) 3932 6388
59 Ho Xuan Huong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City      Tel: (84-8) 3930 2888
Cuisine: Vietnamese (Southern/Mekong region)
Capacity: 60persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2200
Specializing in authentic regional cuisine from the south and Mekong Delta regions, these two restaurants are frequented by locals who seek out this delicious cuisine. Described by the celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain as “my favourite place in town”, watch as clay-pot-baked rice is ‘flung’ across the room by the unassuming waiters.

Cuc Gach Quan  
10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8) 38480144
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 40 persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2230
This ‘art’ style restaurant attracts a mostly Vietnamese clientele. Hidden on a quiet suburban street, Cuc Gach Quan serves traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a homely and atmospheric setting. Not recommend for groups larger than 6 persons due to limited space.

Dong Pho
51 Ho Xuan Huong Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Tel : (848) 39307 665
Cuisine : Vietnamese (Central Region)
Capacity: 100 persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1430; Dinner 1700 – 2130
A combination of Asian charm and a homely restaurant in an elegant setting. Loved by the Saigonese this cozy restaurant offers different kinds of traditional Hue dishes such as fresh spring rolls, Hue beef noodle and special dishes from the central part of Vietnam.

Hoa Tuc Restaurant
Hai Ba Trung 74, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: 84 8.38251676
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 100persons (indoor & outdoor)
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2200
Hoa Tuc means opium flower and is a charming venue located in the courtyard of the former opium refinery manufacture. Inside, the interior is art deco which combines black, purple and pastel colours. Hoa Tuc serves excellent, authentic Vietnamese cuisine and the outside courtyard is perfect for dinners.

Indochine Restaurant
26 Truong Dinh Street , District 3, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Tel : (848) 39308421/22
Cuisine : Vietnamese
Capacity: 450 persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1430; Dinner 1700 – 2230
Indochine Restaurant is a Vietnamese fine dinning restaurant with a quiet atmosphere, located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. The elegant design makes this an ideal spot for dinner.

Mandarin
11A Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84 8)- 3822 9783
Cuisine: Vietnamese/Asian
Capacity: 250persons
Service time: Dinner only 1730 – 2245
A long-standing favourite for Vietnamese cuisine, this centrally located restaurant has an extensive menu of local and Chinese dishes.

Maxim’s Nam An
13-17 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84-8)-3829 6676
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 100persons
Service time: Lunch 1100 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2200
A former ballroom dating back to the 1960’s, this historic building has now been transformed into a stylish Vietnamese restaurant with cozy velvet and silk décor.  Maxim’s also features three luxurious private areas for exclusive dinner experiences.

Ngon Restaurant
160 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84 8)- 3829 9449/38257179
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 500persons
Service time: 0700 – 2200
Ngon Restaurant offers a great chance to try hawker-style food in a clean and comfortable setting.  Buzzing with locals, the dozens of dishes highlight the fresh flavours of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Pho Hoa
260C Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84 8)- 38297943
Service time: From 0700 till 2200
Capacity: 40persons
Cuisine: Vietnamese beef noodle soup (pho)
With 40 years in the business, this busy spot has a large and dedicated following selling Vietnam’s national dish pho. A local experience however high tables and comfortable seating are offered.

The Temple Club
29 Ton That Thiep Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84 8)- 3829 9244
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Capacity: 100persons
Service time: Lunch 1130 – 1400; Dinner 1800 – 2200
This old former Chinese temple displays beautiful décor and has an authentic antique feel.  Traditional South Vietnamese dishes highlight the menu and the atmospheric bar is an ideal place for an evening cocktail.

Wrap and Roll
67Hai Ba Trung & 97B Nguyen Trai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Minimum set menu: 5$
Capacity: 100persons
Service time: 1100 – 2200
The concept here is simple: make your own spring rolls in a clean, air-conditioned and friendly atmosphere. A huge selection of spring rolls from all of Vietnam are available here and mostly caters to a local crowd.

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