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Ho bỏ ra Minh city has an incredibly exciting dining scene, thanks in part lớn entrepreneurial Vietnamese, a sizeable expatriate community bringing with them flavours from all around the world, & risk-taking Vietnamese who have returned from abroad to lớn fulfil their dreams of fusing cuisines from their childhood và adopted homes. 


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Best cheap eats

Banh mi Huynh Hoa

Get ready to queue up for one of the meatiest banh ngươi sandwiches in town. The French-style baguettes here are slathered with homemade mayo and sauce then stuffed with Vietnamese cold cuts, pate và pickled vegetables. They’ll phối you back nearly US$2 a piece, but local & international fans swear these filling sandwiches are worth every penny.

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Pho Hung

Opened in 2006, Pho Hung is one of the city’s best-known pho restaurants, popular for its large và extra-meaty bowls of noodle soup. Both beef & chicken versions are available (a rarity as the broth is slow-cooked using either beef or chicken bones), as well as tons of options including extra portions of concentrated broth or egg yolks cracked into your bowl.

Secret Garden

Head down an alleyway and up the stairs of a slightly grungy apartment building to reach this rooftop space that boasts an impressive thực đơn of very authentic Vietnamese food, some better known as home-cooked dishes than typical restaurant fare. The tapas-sized dishes are great for sharing & trying new flavours.

Ben Thanh Street Food Market

If you’re a little apprehensive about trying street food actually sold streetside, the Ben Thanh Street Food Market is a reassuring place khổng lồ start. With lots of covered seating và a friendly vibe, the two dozen or so stalls just a block away from the iconic market sell everything from classic Vietnamese summer rolls and grilled pork with rice to lớn Korean BBQ & pork carnitas tacos.

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Best high-end dining

Jardin des Sens

Located in a repurposed heritage building right downtown, the menu of this elegant restaurant featuring French & Mediterranean flavours shares some of the same dishes as the original three Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Montpellier, France, also owned by the Pourcel brothers. While a five-course meal will mix you back about US$100, the three-course lunch is a bargain at just over US$30.

Quince Eatery

If you’re into meat cooked over an mở cửa fire, look no further than Quince. The kitchen team works in impressive concert in the mở cửa kitchen, carefully controlling the wood fires & ovens to lớn deliver stand-out meat-centred dishes including Iberico pork chops, organic lamb rump và Omaha prime sirloin. Executive chef Julien Perraudin is known for tinkering with unique flavour combinations so no two visits are exactly the same.

Blanc Restaurant

Blanc is a feast for both the palate và the mind, requiring diners to use Vietnamese sign language to lớn interact with hearing-impaired staff. In addition to lớn engaging with an oft-overlooked segment of Vietnamese society, the thực đơn features a twist on Vietnamese classics elevated with premium ingredients lượt thích Wagyu beef pho và pan-seared scallops with hearts of palm. A la carte options are relatively easy on the wallet, but splurge on the US$35 set menu for an excellent dining experience served with a side of compassion. 


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Top vegan & vegetarian 

Hum Lounge & Restaurant

Even non-vegetarians will enjoy a meal at this spacious restaurant near the Saigon riverfront. Fresh local fruits & vegetables are lightly treated and beautifully presented in dishes inspired by Vietnamese flavours as in the delicious winged bean salad and king oyster mushrooms with green apple sauce. There’s also a second, more intimate location at Hum Vegetarian cafe & Restaurant.

Nhà sản phẩm Chay Nấm

Previously known as Lien Huong Vegetarian Restaurant (at the same location), quán ăn Chay mộc nhĩ still serves up vegetarian versions of some of Vietnam’s best-loved dishes including a hearty mushroom curry, braised shiitake & refreshingly light salads utilising tropical ingredients like young jackfruit and banana blossom. 

Royal Rice & Bun Bar

While the thực đơn does include meat options, Royal Rice và Bun Bar is extremely environment-, vegetarian- & vegan-friendly. Rice vermicelli noodles are made fresh on-site with the addition of freshly pressed beetroot, pandan, và red melon juices while tofu và fresh vegetables feature in the extensive list of non-meat dishes including vegetarian pho, vegan brown rice bowls, & gluten-free options.

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Best views

Shri Restaurant & Lounge

Located 23 stories above Ho đưa ra Minh City, Shri has both a hip indoor dining room and an outdoor rooftop terrace. The Spanish tapas tasting thực đơn gets rave reviews as does its seafood paella và grilled imported steaks. Don’t miss their chất lượng cocktails inspired by various Ho chi Minh thành phố neighbourhoods as well as the whiskey bar hidden behind a sliding bookcase.

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The Deck

Well worth the 15-minute trip lớn District 2 to lớn hang out by the Saigon River, The Deck’s menu of upscale comfort food including tuna carpaccio in a mojito dressing và crispy-fried salt & pepper Phu Quoc squid, makes it a popular spot with expatriates & well-heeled locals alike, especially at weekend brunches. Enjoy the gorgeous river views or splurge on arriving by speedboat at the restaurant’s own jetty. 

Rice Field

Prepare for a double-take when climbing up the stairs to lớn Rice Field. With its red lanterns và exposed brick walls, the interior says Hong Kong speakeasy but the outdoor terrace is the kicker, with rows of rice plants phối against the Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố skyline. The extensive thực đơn features home-cooked Vietnamese favourites from all over the country including a delicious squid stuffed with minced pork in a salted yolk sauce.


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Best Vietnamese fusion

Pizza 4P's

Opened by a couple of Japanese friends, Pizza 4P’s has a cult following for its well-prepared comfort food of pastas và wood-fired pizzas, often using its own artisanal cheese. 4P's also experiment with incorporating local flavours into their dishes as in the vegan lotus pizza & the Bun Dau pizza based on a street food favourite, marrying local shrimp paste with house-made camembert cheese. 

Anan

Meaning “eat, eat”, Anan is all about elevating Vietnamese cuisine using premium ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Order a pho noodle soup with wagyu in a clear, consommé-like broth or try the Vietnamese sizzling pancakes reimagined as beef tacos. The roast duck Dalat pizza is also a hit with mozzarella, roast duck & mustard greens atop an impossibly thin, grilled crust.

Ralf's Artisan Gelato

The German husband–Vietnamese wife team behind Ralf’s uses premium, natural ingredients và raw materials without any preservatives or colourings to lớn create heavenly, artisanal, Italian-style gelato. Because it’s handmade from scratch daily in small quantities, Ralf’s often plays with Vietnamese flavours like in the fish sauce gelato and “pho bo” (beef noodle soup) sorbet.


Best atmosphere

Nha Hang Ngon

Almost always packed with locals & visitors, Nha Hang Ngon (meaning “Delicious Restaurant”) is housed in a grand ochre-coloured villa with fan-cooled indoor & outdoor seating. Its huge thực đơn represents dishes from all over Vietnam with an additional section of Japanese favourites. The best part is walking around its periphery where you can see the dishes being made in individual street food-like stations.

Propaganda

A charming little bistro serving up modern takes on Vietnamese street food, Propaganda’s vibrant atmosphere comes from its views over a green park just a stone’s throw from the Notre Dame Cathedral and its awesome interior of painted murals of vintage propaganda posters. Its fresh, healthy thực đơn features items lượt thích summer rolls filled with chicken, avocado và brown rice & a salad of crab claw herb with BBQ chicken & green mango.

Vintage Emporium

Dining at Vintage Emporium in District 2 is lượt thích hanging out at a posh friend’s house. Gleaming hardwood floors, a leafy trellis entrance, vintage tiles và a living room–like ambiance make this the perfect spot for a leisurely meal. All-day brunch items include the popular Moroccan poached eggs, as well as, healthy mains lượt thích organic brown rice bowl with smoked salmon. There’s a smaller, two-story location closer to the thành phố centre with an equally appealing retro-chic vibe.

Temple Club

Formerly a guest house for the Hindu temple across the street, Temple Club is an homage to Old Saigon with its exposed brick walls, intimate dining spaces và a gorgeous antique-filled lounge. The extensive thực đơn features traditional Vietnamese classics like pork braised in clay pot and Hanoi-style pan-fried fish seasoned with turmeric và galangal, but the real star here is the Indochine-glam atmosphere.


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