Nha Hang Ngon (Ngon Restaurant) – Authentic Vietnamese Food in Ho Chi Minh
One of the most enjoyable things to do when visiting a foreign country for the first time is eat the local specialities. If this feeling grips you during your trip to Ho Chi Minh then Nha Hang Ngon restaurant is a delight, skilfully combining a comprehensive menu of classic Vietnamese dishes, English speaking waiters and beautiful surroundings. Located on Pasteur Street in the tourist centre of District 1, Nha Hang Ngon is a 10 minute walk from the Ho Chi Minh Opera House, along Le Loi and right at the Pasteur Street intersection.
Nha Hang Ngon restaurant stands out because it is housed in a charming French villa that has been restored to its former glory and painted a canary yellow. Out in the courtyard, you are surrounded by twinkling fairy lights and, running through the centre of the villa, an attractive lily pond. Whether you choose to sit inside or out, the environment is pleasant, with a gentle buzz of chatter and many cooks sitting around the periphery of the restaurant preparing dishes that span the breadth of Vietnamese cuisine. Although the restaurant is not air-conditioned, there are enough fans to create a gentle breeze.
The menu is full of all the staples of Vietnamese cooking, popular dishes include fresh spring rolls, minced prawn on bamboo and an array of noodle soups. For fans of seafood, the grilled crab comes cracked for convenience and accompanied by a delicious dipping sauce made with fish sauce, garlic, lemon and a subtle chilli kick. A meal at Nha Hang Ngon is accompanied by a platter of vegetables, herbs, fruits and leaves of varying texture and taste, as is the norm with authentic Vietnamese dining. With such a large menu, you would be forgiven for feel a little overwhelmed with the choice, but pleasingly, the English descriptions are excellent and the staff here are always ready with suggestions or recommendations.
It must be said that recipes at Nha Hang Ngon in Ho Chi Minh are geared towards the tourist palate, although there are still a noticeable minority of Vietnamese enjoying a meal here too – perhaps due to how attractively the restaurant is presented. It won’t be the most authentic dinner of your stay in Ho Chi Minh, but for enjoyment – and especially as an introduction to Vietnamese cuisine – it is up there with the best.
Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 24:00
Address: 160 Pasteur St, District 1
Tel: +84 (0) 8 3827 7131
The Deck Saigon – Riverside Restaurant in District 2
A classy restaurant and bar in Ho Chi Minh City, The Deck Saigon is a top dining choice among affluent locals and travellers due to its romantic setting, scenic locale, and excellent pan-Asian cuisine. Set alongside Saigon River, the alfresco dining venue is fitted with glass doors, warm lighting, and elegant furnishings by top local designers, as well as an outdoor wooden deck that’s surrounded by bamboo trees and a small pond.
The Deck Saigon is open all-day, so you can enjoy a western-style breakfast menu of fruit smoothies, eggs benedict, homemade granola, and pancakes while brunch and lunch offerings range from pan-fried foie gras and Wagyu beef burger to bento sets and phu quoc prawn rolls.
Catering to health-conscious diners, The Deck Saigon also has a vegetarian and gluten-free menu. Highly recommended dishes include marinated tuna spring rolls, sautéed Chinese vegetables with udon noodles, and miso-marinated black cod. Great for mingling with fellow travellers, The Deck Saigon is also fitted with lounge chairs surrounding a fully-stocked bar that’s fronted by a team of skilled bartenders. Happy hour is between 16:00 and 18:00 daily, where you can enjoy a wide array of champagnes, wines, martinis, and unique cocktails such as Pair on the River and The Deck Saigon Mojito.
Opening Hours:Daily 09:00 – 24:00
Address: 38 Nguyen U Di, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84 83 744 6632
Launched in 1996, located on the street Nguyen Thiep, District 1, Lemongrass has a strong attraction for domestic and foreign customers who appreciate the “French” and “quality” of Vietnam cuisine.
The first impression of Lemongrass is the a luxurious French architecture outside and a world of abundant Vietnamese dishes inside. Along with a variety of cocktails and the world-famous wines from France, UK, USA, Australia, Chile …, Lemongrass restaurant aptly «acts as go-between» Eastern – West flavors deliver a perfect meal in an most worthy and enjoyable environment. The pleasant lemongrass aroma mingled in pieces of soft beef of the rolling salad or in Lemongrass fried rice is probably the «seal» marking the reputation of the restaurant.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:30
Address: 4 Nguyen Thiep St., District 1.
Tel: Tel: +84 8 3822 4005
A long-time favourite amongst Ho Chi Minh’s expat community, Camargue is a refined French restaurant within the courtyard of an old colonial-era opium factory in downtown Saigon. The two-storey establishment is set along Hai Ba Trung Street, one of the most fashionable streets in the city. Exuding a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience, the villa-style Camargue Saigon is fitted with high ceilings with exposed beams, subdued lighting, tiled flooring, earth-toned furniture, lit candles, and a private dining room with air-conditioning. The service here is also professional with a team of attentive yet unobtrusive staff on hand – perfect for an intimate evening with loved ones.
Its extensive food menu is helmed by French-born chef, Mickael Le Calvez, presenting French delicacies with a touch of Vietnamese influence, with standout dishes such as seabass and squid served with sweet chard, roast lamb with polenta enriched with Phu Puoc pepper, chateaubriand with foie gras, and crispy pork leg marinated in a slight spice and caramelised artichoke. Catering to its loyal clientele, Camargue Saigon also changes its chef’s recommendation menu on a weekly basis to keep things interesting. Great for enjoying the rest of the evening at the terrace upstairs, an excellent wine list is also available at Camargue Saigon.
Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 24:00
Address: 74/7D Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84 8 3520 4888
Cham Charm Restaurant
Build on the concept of “preserving the traditional Champa Culture”, Cham Charm is almost a mini-museum of artifacts and sculptural works of this historic and culturally rich period in its impressive decor, creating an ambiance with historic meaning.
Viewed from the outside, it is a giant white structure, plain and fairy assuming silhouetted against the river. Multi-panelled windows allow some light and views of the lush greenery surrounding the building.
Inside, however, you’ll find gorgeous paintings and hangings done in colours hang on the walls, and many sculpture works depicting soldiers, dancers, dances and gods presenting Champa culture are placed with care around the reataurant. Interestingly, the restaurant itself is a special place you’d be hard pressed to find such thing anywhere else in the country. Gazing out the windows onto the river below, you’ll be astounded all over again at the scenery here.
The highlight of this upscale, beautifully decorated Asian restaurant is the Cham Charm special seafood buffet that includes Portuguese oysters, Alaskan crab, lobsters, sushi, sashimi, Japanese-style seafood, Langoustine prawns, American Angus beef and much more. Errazuriz wines are also included in the buffet at Cham Charm. Part of the Khai Silk chain.
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:30
Address: 2 Pham Van Chuong, Tan Phu Ward, Phu My Hung, Ho Chi Minh city
Tel: +84 8 5410 9999
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