Monday, July 29, 2013

MY top 10 places to eat in Saigon

Well, we have moved. Which explains the hiatus I had taken from writing. I am now in the United States of America. I will get to that part later. First I must say I miss my lovely eateries that I used to frequent.  And because of that I have decided I am going to make a list of places which I would HAVE to go to, if I was to go back

Having said that... this list is actually in no particular order.. it just depends on what you are in the mood for eating

1. Cuc Gach Quan

Yes its more expensive than the average street food vendor... but I love the ambience and the food is fantastic!! If you ask for the manager he will guide you as to what to order. Apparently the owner of the restaurant turned his grandmother's home into an eatery and so its a really interesting place to visit and see what he has done with the place. He is an architect so has used his skills to turn the place into a very interesting venue. Definitely worth a visit. 10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan Dinh, District 1, Saigon. You can learn more about the restaurant here

2. May

Now the restaurant I mentioned earlier was done apparently in partnership with Vietnamese French lady, and they eventually had a falling out as rumour has it. She then went ahead and established her own restaurant in a very interesting part of town. Its round the corner from the Lunch lady... made famous by Anthony Bourdain. and the food is very good and pretty well priced too. Address here is 3/5 Hoang Sa, District 1, Saigon. You can learn more about this restaurant here

3. The Lunch Lady

Now everyone has gone on about her .. she does a different soup every day of the week and if you are going to be in Saigon.. its definitely worth a visit. If you want to know more about the Lunch lady and her offerings.. take a look here

4. Scott & Binh's

I just loved going here. Going to this restaurant is like going to an old friend's house. Scott and his wife will both be there most times along with their adorable baby and they welcome you in as if you have been invited into their home. The food is fantastic and the prices are pretty reasonable. Its not street food so if you are looking for those kind of prices you are in the wrong place! Try the brunches on the weekend... Their tag line for the restaurant is "comfort with a twist" YUM YUM YUM. To know more about their restaurant click here

5. TIB

This is a Vegan restaurant and I am a meat eater. But I discovered a new passion for vegetarian dishes after eating at this place. Absolutely LOVED the food here and I would love to just hop down for their delicious lettuce rolls with peanut sauce. I could get 2 for 30,000 VND which is a little over $1. To know more about this restaurant click here

6. Hum

Since we are on the topic of Vegan restaurants, another place I discovered and loved both for their food and the ambience,  is Hum. I had the Tofu in a spicy sauce and it was absolutely delicious. Could not get enough of it. Again its not street food prices but totally worth it! If you want to know more about the restaurant click here

7. Ban Sonate

A friend of mine introduced me to this little cafe. Its down a little street and one cannot imagine this little green paradise would exist on this street. But that is one of the things I love about Saigon. One never knows what to expect. Their cafe sua da is fantastic ! To know more about this place click here. But you will need to make sure your browser can translate as the page is in Vietnamese

8. Dong Hoa Xuan

This fish dish is to die for. The restaurant is just a hole in the wall place but this dish is worth going there for. Absolutely LOVE this meal. Many of the taxi drivers knew exactly where this was. I discovered this place thanks to a blog and this is what the author had to say about this meal. I agree with him

9. Pho Phu Huong

This was one of the first Vietnamese experiences I had thanks to Barbara and Vu's tour company They introduced me to Pho and taught me how to eat it. This place they took me to try the pho out has to be the best Pho I had in Vietnam. And I tried quite a few places but this was without a doubt the best. Contact Barbara and get her to take  you on their Pho trail. Totally worth it

10. L'Usine

And last but certainly not the least.. this is a great place for a casual hangout with friends. If you are alone, there is a giant table you can sit at along with other people who come alone and you can strike up a conversation with your neighbours if you like. The food is pretty good. All expat food mostly and the prices are expat prices too. But I love the space and enjoy the food so for me deserves a mention. All of the above spots I have mentioned are places I would absolutely want to go back to if I was to visit Saigon again. I hope you enjoy them as much too.