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“Best meal during our time in SE Asia” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cuc Gach Quan

Cuc Gach Quan
9, 10 Dang Tat | Ward Tan Dinh, Ho Chi Minh City District 1, Vietnam
0084838480144
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Ranked #14 of 1,384 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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“Best meal during our time in SE Asia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was the best meal we ate during our 3 weeks in SE Asia.

The location is a little way out of the central tourist area, but well worth the (cheap) taxi fare.

The restaurant is set in an old house, with a unique fit-out in places (e.g. a 4-post bed that had been converted into a table).

The menu here is huge but the staff are good at assisting you with what to order. The whole meal was exceptional, but the caramelised pork was to die for!

Very popular so recommend reserving a table ahead of time.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Culinary adventure realized, thanks Trip Advisor reviewers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We've been in Saigon for four days, and searching for more contemporary but we great Vietnamese food, we came across this restaurant through trip advisor. It was only about a 10 minute cab ride from hotel, down a major roadway, but turned into a couple of alleys that made us a little wary. It was his beautiful oasis in a darkened street. As soon as you walk to the narrow doorway, there is an inviting serenity. I am a chef by trade, and was able to pick some dishes through our conversation with the waiter. Every dish we ordered was great, as I'm sure almost all the other dishes on the menu would have been. We ordered a softshell crab dish, the morning glory vegetable sauté, the beef hot pot, the fresh spring rolls with prawn, the deep-fried spring rolls, the grilled beef, as well as fried and steamed rice. We also shared a sweet and sour soup, and all of this came in less than $20 per person, including some Tiger beer of course.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Awesome dining experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Having been to Saigon countless of times, I was satisfied with eating what most locals eat on the streets & markets: pho tai, bo kho, banh mi, cha gio, etc. I wanted a different experience and Cuc Gach Quan was the best choice. The place was cozy, service was friendly and food was authentic! We had tasty softshell crabs, stewed fish, stewed pork with egg & my instant favorite, zucchini flowers. Can't wait for my next visit!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What a terrible experience....”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

We visited last night, full of hopes, thanks to the many positive reviews.
The restaurant is set in what used to be a residential house.
The decor is modern, but we found it lifeless.
The menu is a tome of tens of pages, very difficult to read through.
The staff was clearly untrained, all running around like headless chickens.
After a long time we managed to order our food.
When the drinks (two beers and a coke) finally arrived a long time later, there just slammed on the table and no glasses were offered.
We asked to talk to the owners or manager. None of them were present.
That's when we decided to leave. The first time I decided to walk out after ordering food.
The place is just a farce and I don't think it was our bad luck.
Not recommended.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Bad experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Half an hour after ordering, we were told they had misplaced our order, and they had sold out of half the things we had ordered. It took another half hour for the food to come. The portions were small, and the food was nothing special -- definitely not authentic Vietnamese food.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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