Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam




Though budget eats are the mainstay of outdoor dining in Ho Chi Minh City, there are no shortages of mid-priced restaurants in this city. As Ho Chi Minh City becomes more cosmopolitan and its people increasingly affluent, mid-priced restaurants are an alternative than the more expensive upscale establishments. You can find them throughout the city, offering a wide choice of Western and Vietnamese foods. Furthermore, hygiene at the mid-priced establishments are much better than the street food.
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Sushi Bar
Four locations: (1) corner of Le Thanh Ton and Ton Duc Thang; (2) alley off Ton Duc Thang and near the Legend Hotel; (3) food-court floor at Zen Plaza in Nguyen Trai; (4) and Saigon Court apartment building on Nguyen Dinh Chieu.
Probably the best value for money sushi in Ho Chi Minh City. They serve a larger and more interesting variety than the typical American or European sushi restaurant, at half the price. Very popular, so you can expect to wait during the middle of the dining hours.

Quan An Ngon
District 1.
Two different restaurants operating with the same name and within a few blocks of each other, one at 160 Pasteur Street and the other at Nam Ky Khoi Nghia (across from the Reunification Palace). Both offer similar Vietnamese dishes, including regional specialties prepared in numerous independently-operated food stalls around the perimeter. Both are popular as well as jammed during peak hours requiring a wait for a table.

Quan Nuong
29-31 Ton That Thiep. 
A delicious, reasonably-priced open-air barbecue restaurant on the roof above Fanny's ice cream parlor and the Temple Club. Every table has a grill in the centre and the menu includes a variety of meats and seafood, which you can grill yourself. They also serve a variety of mostly southern-style salads and noodle dishes. It's very popular and often fills up by mid-evening.

Huong Dong
68 Huynh Tinh Cua.
A modest, open-air restaurant serving mostly Southern Vietnamese dishes. It's a place where families and groups of friends gather, drink and make a bit of noise. Exotic offerings include field mice, frogs, pigeon porridge and coconut worm. Also offers a wide variety of other meats and seafood for 50,000-80,000 dong. Quirky English translations of the long menu add to the spirit of adventure.

4 Nguyen Thiep St.
Near the Opera House. A very touristy Vietnamese restaurant. Most dishes are priced USD4-6, although some seafood items are more expensive. The restaurant has also expanded to another outlet on the 14th floor of Palace Hotel Saigon (10 minutes away from the first outlet).

Hanoi Oi Bistro
225/7, Nguyen Dihn Chieu, Phuong 5, District 3.
Spread over two floors, serving modern and traditional Vietnamese cuisine including some Northern Vietnamese recipes. Local singers, actors, celebrity types and other locals and foreigners flock to this bistro for its unique take on modern and classic Vietnamese food and its ambiance.

Hoa Mai Coffee
43-45 Do Quang Dau St, District 1.
Located in a fun, up and coming area, just off Phan Ngu Lao, between Phan Ngu Lao Street and Bui Vien Street. Restaurant is located downstairs serving international and local dishes including spring rolls, Vietnamese noodles and pasta.

27c Le Quy Don in District 3.
Most visited and largest Thai restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, with a seating for over 200. Mostly patronised by local Vietnamese and expats, as it is out of the tourist area. The restaurant serves authentic Thai food prepared by Thai chefs. Food served is fresh and within minutes.

Swiss Chalet Restaurant
54 Pasteur St, District 1.
They serve a large variety of traditional Swiss food such as cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, steaks, rosti potatoes and many more. More than that, the restaurant serves other dishes from Central European. The restaurant is also known for its large portions, cosy interior and friendly staff.

Barbecue Garden
135A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1.
Located 100 metres from the Ben Thanh Market and behind the General Sciences Library. The restaurant is a barbecue specialist offering both Vietnamese and international recipes.

Hoa Khai Vegetarian Restaurant
124 126 Nguyen Cu Trinh St, District 1.
Vegetarian restaurant located about 500 metres west of the backpacker area of Phan Ngu Lao. Foods served are tasty and a full meal cost around 100,000 dong.

Bi Saigon
185/26 Pham Ngu Lao St, District 1.
Extensive menu with a choice of Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican and other styles. Open plan kitchen so you can see your food being prepared.

Lion City Cafe & Restaurant
45 Le Anh Xuan (Opposite New World Hotel), District 1.
The biggest chain of Singaporean restaurants in Vietnam. 100% Singaporean food with its head chef and owner from Singapore.

Papaya by Chi Nghia
68 Pham Viet Chanh (near zoo), Binh Thanh District.
Small place specialising in Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Run by the chef/owner, who has 25 years of experience with the Sofitel hotel group - cooking and presentation is 5-star quality. Very clean and nicely decorated.

Lemongrass Restaurant by Tran's World Productions

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