In recent years Vietnam has become a popular tourist and business destination. Its largest city, Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City, population estimated at 9 million including surrounding areas), is becoming a dynamic and colorful city. Its dining scene is diverse and alluring.
Many people have asked us what are some great dining experiences. While we are not experts in this area, the following are some interesting dining experiences in Saigon.
The Deck Saigon
The Deck is perfect for romantic dinners or for brunch with family and friends. Its location is unique as it is the only restaurant of its kind to sit on the banks of the Saigon River.
It is 15 minutes away from downtown Saigon, and can be reached by land or by boat (the restaurant can organize for a boat to come and pick up guests from the city center). Visitors can dine on the elegant and cozy outdoor wooden deck.
The Deck has been praised and awarded as one of Asia’s finest restaurants.
The Chefs have designed a menu featuring contemporary pan-Asian fusion cuisine with an emphasis on simplicity. The best local and imported produce is sourced, including meat from New Zealand, seafood flown in from Phu Quoc Island and vegetables from Da Lat.
The staff and executives were very friendly and gracious. They supported our photoshoot at their location. The photos turned out beautifully.
Info: The Deck, 38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam +84 8 3 744 6632
Cuc Gach Quan
Cuc Gach Quan is a unique dining experience – good ambience, authentic and comprehensive Vietnamese food, and friendly. It is located in a historical building, approximately ten minutes from the city center.
Cuc Gach is well known for its home-made, family style culinary tradition, with unique flavors and sauces.
Info: Cuc Gach Quan, 9, 10 Dang Tat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, + 84 838480144
Monsoon Restaurant & Bar Saigon
Monsoon is interesting as it serves five authentic regional cuisines – Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Laos and Myanmar.
Owned by a Thai national, who has lived and traveled extensively in the five countries, Monsoon started from a passion to bring to the aromas and flavors of each unique tradition to Vietnam.
The menu is divided by country. It includes an affordable set lunch option, and recently a Thai buffet has become available on Sundays.
Monsoon is more than just a restaurant. It hosts art exhibitions featuring emerging and established Thai artists, with the desire to create a platform for creative minds from both countries to meet and exchange ideas.
Thai cooking classes will also be available in the near future. The restaurant is set in a French colonial villa with a charming courtyard, where food, history and art blend.
Info: Monsoon Restaurant & Bar Saigon, No.1, Cao Ba Nha, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, + 84 8 6290 8899
Air 360 Skybar
Air 360 Skybar is one of the coolest rooftop bars in Saigon with 360 degree views of the city, a lovely party atmosphere, a large swimming pool to cool off in and good drinks. The terrace has both dining and seatings in the bar.
If you like magnificent views, good party and modern atmosphere, then this will probably be a great experience for coffee, drink, events etc.
Info: 136, 138 Le Thi Hong Gam, Nguyen Thai Binh, District 1, Saigon, Vietnam+84 974 587788
Saigon Chill Skybar offers both a high energy club experience in an open air skybar and a chill out lounge areas and world class cocktail bars. They are recognized internationally via London International Property Award – in 2013 they were awarded with three separate accolades for Best Leisure Interior in Vietnam, Asia Pacific and International.
The 27 Grill restaurant that is located one floor above and includes an open kitchen, VIP room with private balcony, glass enclosed wine cellar and a completely open air dining area on the rooftop of the building. Chill’s employees include award winning Danish Chefs as well as Vietnam’s best bartender for 2013 and 2014 in the Diageo World Class Reserve Competition.
Chill has stunning view of Ho Chi Minh City mixed with stylish red tables and vibrant feature lighting scattered throughout. Chill hosts some of the biggest events in the country and claims to be the place to be for models, celebrities, local elites, international luxury travelers and businessmen. It has hosted a variety of events for brands such as Mercedes, Porsche, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Christian Louboutin.
So if you want fun, prestige and stunning views, Chill may the place to go. However, the prices may be on the higher side. A cocktail costs close to US$20, although there is an excellent happy hour from 17:30 to 20:00 when all cocktails, long drinks and beers, and some wines and snacks are half price. There appears to be a cocktail dress code.
Info: 76A Le Lai Rooftop of AB Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam +84 838 272 372
Do you have great dining experiences in Saigon, Vietnam to share with us? What are your favorite Vietnamese dishes?