If you are hungry for some local Vietnamese food or other cuisine in the world while you are in Ho Chi Minh City, you have to try one of these delicious restaurants.
Com Nieu Sai Gon
If you’re looking for an innovative and novel restaurant experience you must visit Cơm Niêu Sài Gòn. Anthony Bourdain named the Vietnamese Gastronomy Restaurant as ‘the one place visitors shouldn’t miss’ in Ho Chi Minh City because of its truly cultural experience. This restaurant is the perfect spot for those who wish to experience street food in exquisitely designed surroundings. Exceptional dishes include the com dap with its delicious combination of nuoc mam and sesame seeds over crispy rice, along with the seafood pan-fried noodles.
Address: 59, Ho Xuan Huong, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh.
La Villa French Restaurant
La Villa French Restaurant offers the chance to enjoy authentic and fine French cuisine in a colonial style villa. Located on a quiet side street off Thao Dien in District 2, guests can enjoy lunch or dinner in the serene courtyard or refined interior, both bolstered with experienced and personable staff.
If you’re looking for an even more peaceful setting, there is the option to dine in the middle of a romantic garden with a swimming pool surrounded by exotic species of flowers. The lunch menu changes daily and is freshly prepared with the best local ingredients. Dinner offers both a la carte and set menus and for those with a preference for the flavour of French wines, the range on offer here is extensive.
Address: 14 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Đien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh.
Dong Pho Restaurant
Dong Pho Restaurant is famous locally for ‘Pho’, the classic Vietnamese dish consisting of white noodles in a broth with either chicken or beef. The restaurant is especially popular with the locals for its affordable food options and quick, friendly service. Other mains worth trying include the crumbled shrimp, Hue beef noodle soup and steamed rice cakes with dried shallots. If you’ve got space afterwards, desserts include favorites such as Suzette pancakes and bananas in coconut milk.
Listed in Patricia Schultz’s ‘1000 Things to See Before You Die’ Dong Pho is one of the best places to try the local flavour. Other mains such as crumbled shrimp, hue beef noodle soup, and steamed rice cakes with dried shallots are worth trying for. Desserts favourites includes Suzette pancakes and bananas in coconut milk. Yum!
Address: 57 Ho Xuan Huong, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh.
Ngan Dinh Restaurant
Ngan Dinh is undoubtedly the best restaurant to taste wonderful Chao Zhou, Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine at incredibly reasonable prices. The restaurant is spread across the fifth floor of the Windsor Plaza Hotel in Chinatown.
Ngan Dinh’s connection to the local population ensures the authenticity of the food and flavors making it a truly unique dining experience. The entryway houses a beautiful collection of Chinese art and a curved wall home to twelve aquariums where diners can choose from a variety of fresh seafood. The dim sum menu is extensive and serves over sixty different kinds of bite-sized treats all day long. For entrees, don’t miss the steamed rice roll filled with beef and mushrooms or the warm, fluffy egg tart for dessert.
Address: 18 An Duong Vuong street, Ward 3, Ho Chi Minh.
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