Dec 01 2012

Review: Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by at 12:31 pm under Food


In the midst of Saigon’s downtown areas of interest, walking distance from the Reunification Palace and the Notre Dame Cathedral, you might suspect Nha Hang Ngon is a highly priced tourist trap. However, with surprisingly low prices and a large selection of well-made Vietnamese dishes, it’s a good spot to introduce you to the city’s cuisine.

People are always waiting for you.

People are always waiting for you.

Set in a yellow, colonial style villa, Nha Hang Ngon looks fancy; the restaurant’s decorations give it an exotic atmosphere, with colourful fabrics hanging from the ceiling, large leafed potted plants in corners, and a pond in the middle of the restaurant romantically lit.

Romantic.

Romantic.

The restaurant has seating areas inside and out, but honestly you might not find much of a difference between them, with both fan-cooled only, the inside with ceiling fans and the outside with regular fans. This keeps the restaurant warm, but not unbearably so.

Look at all that fancy stuff hanging around.

Look at all that fancy stuff hanging around.

The staff is well adjusted to working with the tourist crowd, and walking through the door you’ll be greeted by a row of servers waiting to seat you. If you have questions about the menu or want recommendations, your server will be happy to help.

Good, clean street food.

Good, clean street food.

You might need help, as the menu here is impressively dense, with page after page of text-only listings. Most any dish you could find on the street can be found here, from hu tieu and pho to bun thit nuong and goi cuon, which makes it a good place to start if you’re worried about the safety of Saigon street food. Prices are obviously higher than what you’d get from a street cart but surprisingly comparable to food at Ben Thanh Market, with a majority of dishes starting around 52,000 VND. If you’re looking to try a few things, it won’t hurt your wallet too bad.

The drinks are good too!

The drinks are good too!

Their bun thit nuong is particularly good, with higher quality vermicelli noodles than what you generally find on the street, and their wrap dishes are also nice, as they have clean, crisp greens to add to their properly cooked meats. Soups are decent too, especially if you’re a fan of sweeter bun bo hue.

A sweet bowl of soup.

A sweet bowl of soup.

If you’re a fan of watching food being prepared, the outer ring of the restaurant is filled with numerous stations where various dishes are created. When you make your order, the server simply walks to the appropriate station to get your food. With so many cooks in the kitchen, the wait time for food is impressively short.

The restaurant is constantly buzzing, carrying a heavy load of patrons throughout the day but with plenty of seating spread across the restaurant you’ll rarely have problems finding a seat.

If you’re in the area but looking for something cooler, take a 10-minute taxi ride to Cuc Gach Quan or go upscale at Xu Restaurant.

Nha Hang Ngoc
160 Pasteur, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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One Response to “Review: Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City”

  1. Springpeachon 02 Dec 2012 at 6:48 am

    hi guys
    This restaurants serving very good foods, this definitely recommended while visiting Hanoi city, but there is another one called Quan Ngon, don’t be confuse they are difference own but both are good too

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