The TiiM List: Wine and Dine in Saigon

Tiim Travel give an advice for Wine and Dine in Saigon, with details of address and telephone of restaurants.

VIETNAMESE
 
Temple Club
 
Named after the old-style Chinese temple in which the venue is located, the ancient stylings of this impressive restaurant make for an unforgettable evening spent somewhere in Saigon’s colonial past. Beautiful oriental art that will please all diners and great local cuisine.
 
29-31 Ton That Thiep, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3829 9244
 
 
Nha Hang Ngon
 
Possibly the best-known Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Hang Ngon serves up hundreds of traditional local dishes in a classy French-style mansion.
 
160 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3827 7131
 
 
Le Meridien
 
Centered around three distinctive dining venues - Latest Recipe, Bamboo Chic and Latitude 10 – Le Meridien offers three brunch packages, prices range from VND1,500,000 to VND2,500,000 and include Oriental and International cuisine.
 
3C Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 6263 6688 - ext.6930
 
 
Indulgent Sundays @ Nineteen
 
A legendary buffet in the Heart of Saigon Sensational cooking and an intimate, lively atmosphere are guaranteed. Authentic cuisine from around the globe, prepared by award-winning chefs, with fresh seafood as the highlight of the brunch. From noon to 3pm, with options from VND 890,000++ without drinks to VND 1,490,000++ with a free flow of Champagne, cocktails, house wine, and beer.
 
19-23 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3823 4999
 
 
EON51 Fine Dining
 
Eon51 Fine Dining is the luxurious and attractive destination for the Saigon connoisseurs who always cherish the high-class environment, the superb European and Asian dishes, and the finest wine list. The restaurant has witnessed many sweet proposals in the splendid zone.
 
Level 51, Bitexco Financial Tower, 2 Hai Trieu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Qui Dining Lounge
 
QUI is the perfect combination of restaurant and lounge. The décor setting of QUI focuses on the punchy color accents with bold graphic visual features, the harmony of east and west design elements seamlessly. You will have the romantic moment in sweet melody of unforgettable songs and enjoy a diverse drink menu from the classic to the innovative cocktails created by our creative bartender team.
 
22 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Bamboo Chic
 
The most striking feature of Bamboo Chic is the beautiful ambiance and Saigon river view.  Open for dinner, the contemporary space features modern velvet chairs with purple and plum pillows and dramatic beaded chandeliers inspired by the Saigon River. To be more specific, this restaurant decorates many colourful speciality lighting in green, blue and orange illuminates the celling, floor and bar area. This restaurant is the great choice for guests who love nature and want to watch the Saigon river in the romantic atmosphere like Bamboo Chic.
 
3C Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
The Hue House
 
Excellent Vietnamese restaurants are plethoric in Saigon. Located at the top of a soulless office building, in the very central District 1, makes this restaurant exceptional. The restaurant serves Hué cuisine: “Bun Bo Hué”, the city's signature noodle dish combining tender beef, vermicelli, and lemongrass. A large choice of definitely affordable dishes  of “Banh Khoai”, “Nem Lui”, “Banh Beo”, “Com Hen”, “Banh Loc Tran”, “Bun Thit Nuong”, “Che Hat Sen”… are delicious.
 
Rooftop Master Building (10th floor) 41 - 43 Tran Cao Van street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
FRENCH
 
 
Le Terroir
 
Recently opened, Le Terroir serves dishes such as Bouchée à la Reine duo, Pan seared salmon along with pastas, risotto and decadent desserts. The wine list here is an oenophile’s dream with over 200 labels in stock from Australia, California and Chile to Italy. The restaurant is on two levels with a small terrace in the ground floor.
 
30 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Le Bacoulos
 
Le Bacoulos is a French restaurant, bar and lounge that serves French cuisine, bar food like burgers, fish and chips alongside vegetarian options like spinach soup and Greek salad. There’s also a garden to unwind in with a glass of wine.
 
13 Tong Huu Dinh, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3519 4058
 
 
 
Le Jardin
 
This place is consistently popular with French expats seeking an escape from the busier boulevards. It has a wholesome bistro-style menu with a shaded terrace cafe in the outdoor garden of the French cultural centre, Idecaf.
 
31 Thai Van Lung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
La Villa
 
Housed in a stunning white French villa that was originally built as a private house, La Villa features outdoor tables dotted around a swimming pool and a more formal dining room inside. Superb cuisine, with staff trained as they would be in France. Bookings are advised, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.
 
14 Ngo Quang Huy, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. 028 3898 2082
 
 
Park Lounge Park Hyatt Saigon
 
Coming to Park Lounge, you will be enjoyed the comfortable and cozy ambiance with the French classic décor setting, with floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant French wooden shutters. Especially, a baby grand piano sits center stage, where our international musician provides sophisticated entertainment for evening enjoyment. What greatful it is while enjoying famous French cuisine, listening melodious song of classical music with your partner. The romantic atmosphere will full in your soul.
 
2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
INDIAN
 
 
Ashoka
 
A small chain of slightly more upscale Indian restaurants serving both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine including curries, naan and tandooris.
 
17/10 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
33 Tong Huu Dinh, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
Ganesh
 
Ganesh serves authentic northern Indian tandooris and rotis along with the hottest curries, dovas and vada from the southern region.
 
38 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
Natraj
 
Known for its complete North & South Indian cuisine, Natraj’s specialty is its special chaat & tandoori dishes. Parties, events & catering services are available, with Daily Lunch Thali and set menus. Available for delivery. Complete menu on Facebook.
 
41 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 6679 5267 - 028 6686 3168
 
 
 
Saigon Indian
 
Saigon’s original Indian eatery is still going strong, located in a bright, roomy upstairs venue in the heart of District 1.
 
1st Floor, 73 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
Tandoor
 
Tandoor has recently moved to a new location. The restaurant serves authentic South and North Indian cuisine, with set lunches available, in a spacious dining area. Offers free home delivery and outside catering. Halal food.
 
39A-39B Ngo Duc Ke, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3930 4839
 
 
 
The Punjabi
 
Best known for its excellent tandoori cooking executed in a specialized, custom-built oven, Punjabi serves the best of genuine North Indian cuisine in a venue well within the backpacker enclave, ensuring forgiving menu prices.
 
40/3 Bui Vien, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
ITALIAN
 
 
Ciao Bella
 
Hearty homestyle Italian food served with flair and excellent service. An extensive menu is complemented with daily specials. Arriving guests are greeted with a free glass of Prosecco. Diners sit in a cozy setting upstairs or on the ground floor for people-watching. Big groups should book in advance.
 
11 Dong Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3822 3329
 
 
 
La Hostaria
 
Designed with an intimate atmosphere invoking something like an Italian town, this venue focuses on traditional ethnic Italian cuisine (rather than the ubiquitous pizza and pasta), creations of the skillful executive chef – straight out of Venice. The place lights up on romantic Thursday evenings with candlelight and light music.
 
17B Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3823 1080
 
 
 
Pendolasco
 
One of the original Italian eateries in Ho Chi Minh City, Pendolasco recently reinvented itself with a new chef and menu, and spurned a sister eatery in District 2. Set off the street in a peaceful garden with indoor and outdoor eating areas, separate bar and function area, it offers a wideranging Italian menu and monthly movie nights.
 
87 Nguyen Hue, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. 028 3821 8181
 
 
 
Opera
 
The luxury Park Hyatt Saigon is home to Opera, an authentic Italian dining experience open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try their famous lasagna and tiramisu. Head chef Marco Torre learned his craft in a number of Michelin-star restaurants throughout different regions of Italy during a 14 year career. Dine on the deck alfresco or inside in air conditioned comfort.
 
2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
JAPANESE
 
 
Ichiban Sushi
 
Ichiban Sushi Vietnam serves fine sushi and signature drinks/cocktails in a lounge setting. Featuring one of the most eclectic Japanese menus in the city. The current Japanese venue to see and be seen in – everyone who’s anyone is there.
 
204 Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
SORAE Sushi Sake Lounge
 
“Sorae”- Up in the sky , is one of the most spectacular Japanese restaurant and a “must go” destination at the heart of the bustling busy district of Saigon. Located in the heart of District 1, on the 24th floor of AB Tower, it has a gorgeous 360 degree overview over to the city. Sorae can accommodate up to 368 people in a spacious 1,000 sqm elegant setting including a bar with hundreds of varieties of beverages and the finest cigar club in town. Besides offering delicious Japanese cuisine, Sorae delights its guests with great entertainment and DJ.
 
Level 24, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3827 2372
 
 
 
Sushi Dining Aoi
 
Sushi Dining Aoi is one such restaurant, where the whole atmosphere of the place evokes the best of the culture. With its typical Japanese-style decor – the smooth earthen tones of the wooden furniture and surrounds, the warmth and privacy of the VIP rooms – it's possible to believe you're in a more elegant realm.
 
53-55 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3930 0039
 
 
 
Yoshino
 
The decor is straight out of the set of Shogun, with black wood, tatami mats, stencilled cherry blossoms and all the trappings of Japanese exoticism - tastefully done. While Ho Chi Minh City is certainly not short of fine Japanese eateries, this one is particularly impressive.
 
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3823 3333
 
 
Kobe Teppanyaki
 
Come to this luxurious Japanese restaurant, you can enjoy the very succulent Japanese dishes in the private dining room which perfects the romantic meal. If you fall in love with Japanese cuisine, don’t miss this oriental charming address! Here, you see how the chefs cook the food skillfully, and the most famous dishes to call are Kobe beef and Canadian lobster.
 
13A Tu Xuong, Ward 7, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
KOREAN
 
Yega Korean Restaurant
 
Yega Korean Restaurant is located in the Heart of Saigon on the 13th floor at the top of Diamond Plaza, you may experience their traditional Korean cuisine with a stunning 270o view of the city. Their 5 Star Korean Chef brings a true Korean taste to Vietnam.
 
Diamond Plaza, Floor 13, 34 Le Duan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
THAI
 
 
Koh Thai
 
Supremely chic Thai venue with all the authentic burn you need - or without if you prefer. An opulent, fashionable decor with the cuisine to match - often reported to serve dishes comparable with those of Thailand itself.
 
Kumho Link, Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3823 4423
 
 
 
Tuk Tuk Thai Bistro
 
Kitch and authentic, Tuk Tuk brings the pleasure of street-style Thai food into an elegant but friendly setting. Now a fashionable venue in its own right, Tuk Tuk’s menu features some unique dishes and drinks you won’t see elsewhere.
 
17/11 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3521 8513 - 090 688 6180
 
 
 
Thai Street
 
Authentic Thai Food in a fun street-food setting. All the favorites of Thailand - Tom Yum Goong, Red and Green Curries, Som Tum - prepared by their Thai chef.
 
26 Thao Dien Road, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 6654 9525
 
 
 
BAR
 
 
 
Liquid Sky Bar
 
A casual destination to escape and unwind in the sun. In the evening, the space transforms into a rooftop lounge where guests and locals will come to socialize, dance or just let loose. On the mezzanine level, comfortable lounges and a flow of cocktails create a casual and fun atmosphere. It is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the horizon.
 
21F, Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon 8-15 Ton Duc Thang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 028 3822 0033
 
 
 
Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar
 
Set on the fifth floor, Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar makes up for its modest height with breath-taking views of Vietnam’s French colonial structures such as Saigon Opera House and People’s Committee Hall. Rex Hotel Rooftop Bar is also fitted with an elevated stage and dancefloor, hosting live Latino bands and salsa performances at 20:00 onwards.
 
141 Nguyen Hue, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
 
 
 
Tropicana
 
Tropicana is the first and only rooftop bar in Thao Dien, District 2. The venue, with its sweeping views, looks over the Saigon River and Thao Dien, with an exciting selection of beverages, including signature cocktails, an extensive wine list and liqueurs. The bar is based on a Latin concept with live music and a Latin food menu. Tuesday to Sundays: 5PM till late.
 
41 Street 41, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Phone 0165 424 3972
 
 
 
Acoustic Bar
 
A place to catch some high-quality live music in a lively atmosphere. Plus, the frequent rotation of performers means that even the most regular of patrons are kept on their toes.
 
E1 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
Aperitivo
 
Cosy, friendly, and chic, with a quality cocktail and wine list, delicious deli sandwiches by day and night, Aperitivo is a great place to relax and unwind after work.
 
80b/c Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
BiaCraft
 
BiaCraft is renowned for its extensive selection of craft beers. The back to basics décor only serves to enhance the laidback ambience which BiaCraft prides itself on.
 
90 Xuan Thuy, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Monde Viet Nam
 
Monde Bar is the selection for those who are interested in nature. Coming to Monde Bar, you will immerse yourself in an etheral natural space that is rarely found in the hustle and bustle city. Furthermore, you will have the relaxing moment with the melodious music blending into the whisper of the waterfalls.
 
7 Bis Han Thuyen, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
CAFÉS
 
 
 
Café RuNam
 
No disappointments from this earnest local cafe consistently serving exceptional international standard coffee. Beautifully-styled and focussed on an attention to quality, Cafe RuNam is now embarking on the road to becoming a successful franchise. The venue's first floor is particularly enchanting in the late evening.
 
96 Mac Thi Buoi, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
 
The Workshop
 
The cafe is located on the top floor and resembles an inner city warehouse. The best seats are by the windows where you can watch the traffic zoom by. If you prefer your coffee brewed a particular way, there there are a number of brewing techniques to ask for, from Siphon to Aeropress and Chemex. Sorry, no Vietnamese ca phe sua da served here.
 
27 Ngo Duc Ke, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
 
Update 03 September 2019

Posted at 2020 May 28 15:11

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