Here you can enjoy northern Vietnamese specialties in style. The menu shaped like a non (Vietnamese cone hat) opens to offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes. Try the Bo Nuong Sot Mot Ong (beef stewed with honey) and Muc Nhoi Thit Chien (baby squid stuffed with minced pork). A number of salads, rolls, hot pots and stir-fries are also on offer, as is a full bar. Dine inside among the old photographs of Hanoi and Saigon or outside in a quiet garden setting.
If you want to eat what the locals eat, come here for everyday Vietnamese food. The decor is basic and functional, but the food is sensational. The house specialty is Banh Xeo. These are rich Vietnamese pancakes, filled with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts. They come served with a basket of salad leaves and herbs, which you wrap around pieces of the pancake before dipping it all in a bowl of fish sauce. You will not stop at one. A selection of beer and soft drinks will help you wash down the meal.
The fish and shellfish are particularly fresh at this popular restaurant. The majority of the dishes are Vietnamese specialties. Shrimp may come raw, steamed with beer or in coconut juice. There is also a smattering of Western preparations—lobster Thermidor and Coquilles St. Jacques (French style baked scallops). Beers and some wines are also available. You can sit in a pleasant air-conditioned room, lined with banquettes or in the covered garden outside.
If you want to hear Vietnamese folk music, this is the place. Tucked away on a back street, Cao Minh, the owner, and a famous folk singer himself, has crafted an oasis of trees, shrubs, elevated platforms, ponds and frogs. Tuesday night is the only music night, usually played to a full house. The atmosphere is warm and the musicians very talented. From the stage, which appears to be the verandah of the family home, comes a mix of love songs and the occasional revolutionary ballad for good measure. Beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee are on the menu.
This beautiful restaurant filled with dark wood and old lamps has a well-trained team of waiters. Live music features every night. The food is of a superior quality. The menu includes a number of lau dishes. In these traditional meals you cook raw seafood and meat in a soup boiling at your table. There is also a wide selection of spring rolls as well as a lotus shoot salad and sauteed spicy beef. Beers, wines and soft drinks are available.
The spectacle of an enormous, enraged buffalo rendered in blaring neon above the streets of Ho Chi Minh is quite something to behold on its own, but if you have deep pockets and an appetite for alcohol, you'll want to stop off at this bawdy watering hole for a drink and a feed, too. They're happy to serve you a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner, but as suggested earlier, it's a bit more on the expensive side than neighboring establishments (except the Go 2 bar, opposite). That said, it has the advantage of being open 24/7, so you can show up and party hard any time you like. Thankfully the pool table and WiFi are fabulously free of charge, so long as you buy at least one drink first. -Martin English
If you are looking for a quick meal or to have dinner, come to this place. Mi Sui Cao Thien Thien has a range of authentic Chinese dishes, ranging from noodle soups to fried dumplings. The drinks, though non-alcoholic are equally interesting with options like sugarcane and strawberry juice and red tea.
If you feel like starting out your day with some delicious seafood for breakfast or brunch, then come to this place. The prices are reasonable for seafood and the quality is as good as any high end restaurant. Try out some dim sums or some other equally delicious Chinese options followed up by lobster and fried fish and other seafood options.
Disarmingly simple, Com Tam Thuan Kieu is a place where locals and travelers come to enjoy a budget-friendly, local fare. Generous portions of poultry, seafood and meat infused dishes create the menu at Com Tam Thuan Kieu. The restaurant is clean, very well managed and their staff is always swift with orders thereby leaving no room for complaints.
If you wish to enjoy delectable Vietnamese seafood dishes then Quan Oc Xuan Hon is the place to be. Here, in a casual atmosphere, locals and travelers sit together to enjoy a delectable fare of fresh seafood and snail delicacies. At Quan Oc, the prices fit well in your pocket but the portions are massive, so make sure you come here with a giant appetite.
Located in one of the bustling areas of the city, this location of Renaissance Coffee & Tea is usually busy entertaining office goers during their opening hours. Then, throughout the day, the coffee shop plays host to an eclectic mix of patrons ranging from travelers, business associates to students and more. At Renaissance, patrons enjoy refreshing cold beverages in addition to the well-brewed coffee. They have a small extended patio which is perfect for people watching, while you can sit indoors and get work done if you are looking for peace and quiet.
Nha Hang Lau Ca Dai Thong is a casual restaurant located in the Flemington Tower serves traditional Vietnamese favorites in a relaxed setting. Restaurant interiors are expansive, with a contemporary design scheme and minimalistic decor choices. Menu offerings are diverse, and have something for everyone. Groups are accommodated with ease, and it's a perfect place for family meals.