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Huong Lai

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38 Ly Tu Trong St. Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 8 3822 6814
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
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Brookmans Park, United Kingdom
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555 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a treat. Such a great restaurant, serving excellent food, professionally prepared, and presented expertly by disadvantaged Vietnamese youth supervised by skilled trainers. This is an amazing place, and a rich experience from entering the ornate front door, climbing the twisting wooden staircase and emerging in a beautiful airy dining room welcomed by smiling, friendly and efficient floor staff. The... More 

Thank breweruk
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is where I ate on my last night in Vietnam and it was a great send-off. The food was excellent and the service in this traditional restaurant was outstanding. If you're in Hi Chi Minh City for any length if time, this restaurant should be your first choice for food.

Thank Declan C
Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon arriving in HCMH picked this restaurant on it's TA rating and proximity to our hotel. Didn't know the background to this restaurant and pleased to support the cause. Unfortunately the food was very mediocre and had I read the reviews I would have seen a number of people have had rhe same experience. Hope they can work on this.

Thank DanandLiz3107
Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a whim we found this little treasure in HCMC. We had lunch and it was one of the most memorable of our travels around Vietnam. Highly recommend a visit to the lovely restaurant!!!

Thank Bruce T
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exactly what an awesome dinner in Saigon should be - delicious food, fresh, simple and tasty in a casual, yet special, setting and friendly service. Some of the best food I've had in Saigon without any pompous fan fare. Must do. Special enough to get a bit dolled up but also shorts and thongs are fine too.

Thank Bianca M
Powfoot, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here after reading a recommendation in the UK press just before our trip. The first night we tried to eat here, it was fully booked so we booked for the following night. It was packed then too! The food was excellent and the staff charming. Recommended.

Thank ericcantona
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go to this restaurant every time I visit HCMC. Staff are sweet and food is excellent. Staff are made up of disadvantage youth from either extremely poor families or orphanages. The owner hires them for the purpose of building their character and helping them develop skills in the hospitality industry. Many of the youth have moved on from here... More 

Thank Kenneth F
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Happy we supported the cause behind this restaurant and the staff were lovely, however we found the food disappointing, lacking flavour and overpriced. The review below by Gianr15 summed up our feelings perfectly. Would love to see improvements in the food to make this a top quality restaurant in its own right with the cause an added and welcome bonus... More 

Thank Coffee_2716
Munich, Germany
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Restaurant is the best in whole Ho Chi Minh City. The food is awesome the service is great and on top of all that the owner gives homeless people an opportunity to a better life by hiring them and giving them schooling. Quite popular place so reserve.

Thank MikeKidney
Willows, Ca
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98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Based on the TA reviews, I expected a great meal, but instead we had the worst meal of our stay in Saigon. The spring rolls, pork spareribs, eggplant, and prawns, (actually small shrimp) were extremely poor. The braised chicken and purple potato soup, tolerable. I have to assume since the restaurant is in the heart of district one, near ben... More 

Thank arcodon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Asian, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 38 Ly Tu Trong St. Dist.1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 8 3822 6814

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?