Touring Southern Vietnam was one of my best trips so far. Ho Chi Minh Restaurants are known for serving fabulous foods. I can’t recommend it enough if you haven’t tried it yet. Here are our top 3.
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We entered the Ho Chi Minh City with no expectations and were ready for any kind of surprise.
It’s the largest Vietnamese city, full of cultural sites, beautiful streets, very comfortable accommodations and delicious food.
The main thing we discovered about this city prior to going there was this – we had to try out the food they offered!
We visited many different restaurants over our two weeks of staying there and have decided to comment on the best 3 of our favorite Ho Chi Minh Restaurants — the ones that really represent Vietnamese food for us.
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The first one’s called Quan An Ngon, which is a traditional, moderate restaurant in the center of the city. The location is beautiful, with a garden of lined trees above the wooden desks with beautiful hand-carved chairs. It had a very warm vibe to it. The restaurant is actually a Vietnamese mansion, which has been remade. The interior has a lot of Chinese cultures embedded in everything – the desks, porcelain, lights, windows, a lot of bamboos and gorgeous balconies. There are many pictures, displayed on the walls and carved elephant tusks to bring an exotic feel to the place. I was happy to see all of the menus were in English as well, so it was easy to decide on our meal. The available dishes are from every corner of Vietnam, giving you a full tour of their culinary choices.
John ordered Oc Len Xao Dua, which is generally found near the south side of Vietnam. They are quite exotic – mud snails in coconut milk. We normally share dishes so we can taste test twice as many dishes each. However, I really hesitated on this delicacy, but I have to admit the smell alone convinced me to try one and I was not sorry. The coconut adds a tender flavor to the dish, which melts in your mouth. Next, he had Goi Cuon, which are summer rolls, filled with shrimp, spring onion, and basil. They were sweet and delicious, unlike any other rolls I’ve had before. He topped it all off with Hue and Hoi An style noodles. My order included Pho Bo, which was amazing. It’s a soup from the northern part of Vietnam, consisting of beef and noodles with some extra spices. We had a real feast for less than thirty dollars. We swore we were coming back there again.
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Another favorite of ours was La Camargue, located along one of the biggest streets in the city. It's a French restaurant, accompanied by a beautiful courtyard and two floors to accommodate many guests at once. It's a luxurious restaurant, which we noticed as we entered. Upstairs had high ceilings, intimate dim lighting, visible wooden beams, tiles, and candles took my breath away - it's very delicate. We thought the atmosphere because it was very romantic, was perfect for couples and would lend itself well for anniversaries. Another factor was the light music in the background, which was very relaxing.
Mickael Le Calvez is the restaurant chef, showing off his French roots with his specialties. He gives them a Vietnamese spin to create something unique. That's why we needed to reserve a table one day before. I had sea bass and squid served with sweet chard, while John ordered roast lamb with polenta enriched with Phu Quoc pepper, Chateaubriand with foie gras. The meat was tenderly cooked and of very good quality. The chef changes up the menu every week, so their dishes are constantly evolving, which is great. While we are not wine drinkers, we wanted to mention that they have all the best French wines available. The dinner was quite pricey, so it's worth mentioning that this is one of the most expensive places in Ho Chi Minh.
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After one week of staying in the city, we found The Refinery Bar and Restaurant, located in District 1. It's a very busy restaurant, always filled with guests. They have a bistro type menu, which was really fun to try for the both of us. They also have a wide selection of exotic cocktails and they generally pull influence from France. They have a courtyard too, with beautiful lighting all over their vineyard. They also have a great liquor selection by the bar. Interestingly enough, the bar got its name from the opium factory, which used to be active in the courtyard.
We headed over there for lunch and we realized it's less than ten dollars for the two-course meal. No wonder they are always full - it's quite affordable, especially considering the food is very good. I tried steak fries (a really good steak and the fries were good, chunky and melted in my mouth) and while John opted for chicken pasta with local spices. We had a European salad on the side, which is quite rare for the city to offer. Although we were full, we decided on a dessert we saw another couple having – chocolate fondue fountain. It was a lot easier to finish than you can imagine. It was one of the best refreshing desserts we've ever had.
We were very happy with our stay in Ho Chi Minh. It offered a true journey to new places, full of new textures, flavors and all sorts of fun experiences. These three Ho Chi Minh restaurants were special and unique, each of them having something worth coming back for.