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10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience


Vietnamese food is adored all around the globe and it is arguably the best in the South-east Asian region. The influence of the colonial past can be seen in the Vietnamese cuisine, as a result many people view it like a reinvented fusion food. Vietnamese culinary tradition differs from region to region and gives the tourists more opportunity to try different food. Vietnamese cuisine is complex, dynamic and often surprising and most importantly it offers a great insight tot the country’s culture. Most of the restaurants in Vietnam serve authentic local food but also have an extensive international menu to cater to the foreign tourists, here’s a list of the 10 best restaurants in Vietnam for a great dining experience.

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-1

1. Quan An Ngon, Ho Chi Minh

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-2 Housed in a renovated Vietnamese Mansion, Quan An Ngon is one of the most popular restaurants not just in Ho Chi Minh but the whole country. The decor features a beautiful garden, expanse of teak, balconies as shown in kung fu movies, exotic landscape paintings and many open cooking stations where chefs are busy barbequing prawns, rolling spring rolls or blending fruit smoothies. The restaurant is packed with well-dressed locals and food enthusiast from all around the globe who are welcomed by staff wearing traditional silk outfits. The place is one of the best for trying authentic Vietnamese dishes like Hue Noodles or Black Pepper Crab.

Must-try: fresh spring rolls, Hue noodles and black pepper crab

Location: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1

Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

2. The Refinery Saigon, Ho Chi Minh

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-3 The Refinery Saigon is a bar & restaurant that brings a colonial charm to the bustling city of Ho Chi Minh city. The restaurant building was once an opium factory and teems with genuine colonial fixtures and has a charming garden terrace that offers a beautiful ambience. The floral tiles, high ceilings and rows of wine and liquor displayed behind the bar offers a great French bistro theme and the menu with casual European cuisine like Steak Frites and pasta dishes complement the chilled out and affluent vibe. The restaurant also offers a myriad of cocktails and also has a hefty wine list. There is a happy hour from 16:00 to 19:00 when all drinks are discounted by 30%.

Must-try: Steak Frites, Pork Cutlet, Apples & Radicchio

Location: 74 Hai Ba Trung, District 1

Timings: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

3. Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-4 Nha Hang Ngon is located in a restored colonial villa, serves legendary Vietnamese food and offers authentic local vibes. There’s a small lily pond and tiny lights running all through the courtyard and the villa walls are painted in the colonial yellow. The menu here is not less than a cookbook with a variety of local staples, luckily everything is written in English so you won't have a problem and also, the staff is lovely and helpful and will always be ready with suggestions and recommendations. Popular dishes include fresh spring rolls, minced prawn on bamboo and an array of noodle soups. For seafood lovers, the grilled crab is accompanied by a delicious dipping sauce made with fish sauce, garlic, lemon and a subtle chilli kick.

Must-try: Ricefield crab hot pot, Grilled Prawn,

Location: 160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Timings: 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

4. Baba’s Kitchen, Ho Chi Minh

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-5 Baba’s Kitchen is located in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area in Ho Chi Minh and is very popular for the Indian cuisine. It is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Vietnam and serves home-like South Indian and North Indian food. The restaurant is quite affordable as well, you can have a whole non-vegetarian thali for lunch at just 500 INR, vegetarian thali is even cheaper. Baba’s kitchen also serves famous Indian street foods like Samosa, Aloo Chaat, and Pakoras. The restaurant has a ‘Daily Special’ menu and on Sundays, the chef prepares a special biryani as well.

Must-try: Mutton Biryani, Masala Dosa and Goa Fish Curry

Location: 274 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

Timings: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

5. Daalcheeni, Hanoi

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-6 Walk into the Daalcheeni restaurant, and feel the beautiful aroma of Indian spices take over your senses. Daalcheeni has to be the top Indian restaurant in Hanoi. It’s a fine dining restaurant that serves famous vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian dishes. The unique ambience overlooking West Lake and the interiors are designed to feel like royalties and make you dine as the Maharajas did. Dalchini is renowned for its rich collection of Indian cuisine, kebabs and curries and dishes like the Raunaqain-e-Gosht Seekh, Murgh Vindaloo, Moradabadi Biryani should not be missed.

Must-try: Moradabadi Biryani, Paneer Tikka, and Raunaqain-e-Gosht Seekh, Murg rara with garlic naan

Location: 100 Xuân Diệu, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Quảng An Tây Hồ Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

6. Chả Cá Thăng Long, Hanoi

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-7 Located in the narrow streets of the old quarter in Hanoi, Chả Cá Thăng Long is one of the best places to enjoy Cha Ca, which is a distinctive Hanoi delicacy. It’s a local dishes comprises a white fish fillet seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, and dill that is eaten with a bowl of rice noodles, peanuts, chopped spring onions, parsley, nuoc cham sauce, and red chilli slices. The dish is so famous that this restaurant serves Cha Ca only and yet many locals visit the restaurant.

Must-try: Cha Ca

Location: 21 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi

Timings: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

7. The Hanoi Social Club, Hanoi

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-8 The Hanoi Social Club is a cool place to hang out, chill, and socialize. It is popular among the hip and trendy socialites of Hanoi as an artist’s hub. The sitting on the second floor feels more like a friend’s apartment than a restaurant. They often have artists mainly musicians in to perform which makes for intimate shows in a relaxing atmosphere. They serve amazing coffee and smoothies, Dishes include potato fritters with chorizo for breakfast, and pasta, burgers and wraps for lunch or dinner. Vegetarian options like Mango Curry is available as well.

Must-try: Poached eggs and avocado

Location: 6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Timings: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

8. La Maison 1888, Da Nang

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-9 La Maison is a French fine dining restaurant and has been recognised by CNN in the top 10 restaurants of the world in 2016. It is the first restaurant in Vietnam to feature a Michelin-starred chef. Its white-and-black interior design is inspired by a colonial French mansion, featuring high stucco ceilings, glittering chandeliers, and numerous vases of fresh flowers. The restaurant has an expansive terrace overlooking the sea. La Maison has an extensive menu of French delicacies such as sea bass carpaccio, roasted veal tenderloin, poached octopus and suckling pig with bigarade sauce. There’s also a formal dress code and casual outfits are not permitted.

Must-try: sea bass carpaccio, lobster tail, and roasted veal tenderloin

Location: InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Timings: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

9. KOTO (Know One Teach One), Hanoi

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-10 KOTO is a cafe and an all-day dining restaurant that serves Vietnamese food and strong local coffee. It started under the initiative Know One Teach One, an endeavour offering street children the chance to learn a trade and earn a living by working in the restaurant. The smiling faces of the staff are what makes KOTO what it is, they are hardworking and always excited to provide you with the best possible experience. The Daily Specials are chalked up on a blackboard and the menu has excellent options.

Must-try: Pita Wraps, beer-battered fish and chips.

Location: 59 Van Mieu Street (Opposite the Temple of Literature). Dong Da District.

Timings: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

10. The Deck Saigon, Ho Chi Minh

10 Best Restaurants In Vietnam For A Great Dining Experience-11 The Deck Saigon is an amazing restaurant famous for its exotic locale, romantic setting and delicious Pan-Asian cuisine. A classy restaurant and bar, The Deck Saigon sits beside the Saigon river in a delightful Al-fresco setting. The place is very popular among affluent travels and locals. The Deck Saigon opens all day which means you can enjoy amazing western-style breakfast of fried eggs, pancakes and fruit smoothies and for brunch and lunch, you can choose from range from pan-fried foie gras and Wagyu beef burger to bento sets and Phu Quoc prawn rolls. The restaurant also caters to vegetarian and gluten-free diners.

Must-try: Pan-Fried Foie Gras, Eggs Benedict, and Wagyu beef burgers

Location: 38 Nguyen U Di, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Timings: 9 a.m. to 12 midnight

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