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“Gets better every visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hong Hai Seafood

Hong Hai Seafood
236 Pasteur St dist 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
08.38204136
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Ranked #67 of 1,368 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Perth, Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
“Gets better every visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We are presently on our fourth trip to Vietnam and we just enjoyed our third visit to this wonderful restaurant.

The seafood here is the best we have found in our visits to date and we already look forward to coming back for another treat next year.

The menu is extensive and choosing what to eat is the toughest part of the evening. We would recommend all the choices we made. We started with the egg rolls which are like very crispy spring rolls, absolutely delicious. We followed up with tasty “Rocket Rolls” stuffed with pork, mushrooms, glass noodle, accompanied with salad & baby tomatoes. Next we shared Sautéed Scallops, 7 fresh scallops still attached to their shells with a variety of tiny flavoured additions, the flavour was amazing. Crispy deep fried squid was our next treat. The squid was fresh and cooked just as it should be ie "crispy”. We had these dishes with the probably the best seafood fried rice we have had (ever) and all were finished off with a complimentary plateful of fresh pineapple slices. For drinks we had a bottle of Heinekin and a bottle of Chardonnay.
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One or two other reviewers commented this place is not cheap. Our bill for all of the above was US$41. Including a tip of around D150K our total cost was less than US $50.

One reviewer commented this place lacks atmosphere (?). Sure it is a big restaurant which covers 3 levels, but if you would like a superb setting in a romantic environment, then ring early and request a table under a tree in the garden. Such a setting rates highly for special occasions.

The staff were efficient and almost running to keep up with the orders but doing a superb job of keeping up the service. One strange custom we observed was the waitresses dropping huge iceblocks into the beer glasses of all the locals. Odd to Australians but it’s the way the locals like it.

We visited on Thursday night and the place was almost full. Interestingly, 90% of the customers were Vietnamese, very different from the touristy restaurants we have visited around District 1. From our riverside hotel it was about 10 minutes by taxi. 60,000 Dong on the meter and with a 40% tip it still costs less than US $5 to get there.

There is so much to choose from on the menu here and each visit we promise ourselves next time we will try the Frogs Legs, the Eel, or even the Chicken Feet but when the time comes it’s hard to resist the tasty items I’ve mentioned, and we know from experience they do some fabulous crab and fish dishes!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Recommend this restaurant for seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

We came for seafood dinner for a change from the rounds of Pho. Food is fresh and delicious, and so is the drinks. The place is clean and the atmosphere is comfortably casual.

We love the morning glory (kangkong), the softshell crab, the individual portion crab and shrimp soup, the bbq squid, the prawn split in half, the steam tilapia fish with peppercorn.

After sampling other restaurant the following night, we feel we had to end our last night in HCM back at this restaurant, and we were not disappointed.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“very good, but not spectacular”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Morning glory vegetables were among the best I've ever had. The crab was likewise excellent, and the oysters were good. But the giant prawns were not that yummy - only average, and they were expensive (about 300,000 VND for two, about $15). I ate lunch at a different seafood restaurant in the city where I also had the giant shrimp, and theirs was a bit more flavorful and tasty (you can see in my other review). The bill came to a little over 1,000,000 VND for dinner for two. Overall, very good but I can't say spectacular or the best in the city like some others claim.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The atmosphere is meh. Definitely don't come here if you are classy. Staffs service was also meh. I would only come here for the food. It's cheap and fresh. You can enjoy all the seafood. Just point to the pictures on the menu.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Boracay, Philippines
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch - cheaper than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

asian trendy sea food plus plus; outside area with huge trees; enormous menu including, clams, crab, river prawns, snails. Portions were not huge but very tastily prepared asian stylings (loads of lemongrass, lime, chili etc). Waiters not great with english so the pictures menu helped. much cheaper than we expected. nice lunchtime treat.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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