Vietnam has a rich and ancient culinary tradition. Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon) prides itself on being one of the gastronomical centers of Vietnam. With its many street food vendors and restaurants, the city has seen the rise of a more diversified dining scene that goes beyond the traditional Vietnamese staples. We take a new look at some of best restaurants in town.
Housed in a beautiful colonial villa, May Restaurant serves Vietnamese food with a twist of French. May came to life when owner Tu Tho realized that the flavors of Vietnamese home-cooking she grew up with were not easily found in Ho Chi Minh City. May Restaurant only uses fresh and locally sourced ingredients and is against the use of MSG (monosodium glutamate). Signature include pink duck breast with ginger nuoc mam (fish sauce) and the more classic fried tofu with lemongrass and chilli.
May Restaurant, 3/5 Hoang Sa, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 8 39 10 12 77
Worth a visit for the stunning view alone, Shri Restaurant & Lounge is located on top of the Center Tower. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer an unparalleled view of Saigon’s skyline from nearly every table at the restaurant. Frangipani trees, water features, and the general open-air feel make for a perfect place to relax after a long day exploring the city. You’ll find contemporary home-cooked European dishes with a twist of Asian flavors on the menu. The venue also features a spacious lounge and bar where some of the best cocktails in town are served.
The original Quan Bui was located on the outskirt of District 1, but due to its popularity among locals and adventurous tourists, the owners decided to open a new spot right in center of the city. The menu has been expanded and the interior has been upgraded compared to the original small venue. What has not changed, however, is the authenticity of the traditional food served. The number of Vietnamese people that regularly dine at Quan Bui is testament to this. The interior recalls the old-world style, with French mosaic tiles and wooden furniture.
Quan Bui, 17A Ngo Van Nam, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 91 400 88 35