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“Nice venue, superb Indian food and excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Baba's Kitchen

Baba's Kitchen
164 Bui Vien | Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
0838386661
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Ranked #10 of 2,055 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Saigon's favorite Indian restaurant!
Hong Kong
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“Nice venue, superb Indian food and excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The ambience created by Baba's smart choice of colour and artificial lighting was superb. Members of their staff were efficient. Several small tables were pulled together quickly to form a larger table upstairs which gave us plenty of space and excellent ventilation for all nine of us under the fans. There were many customers but we did not feel uncomfortable with our seating upstairs. The dishes arrived with very good presentation, flavour and taste. The chefs were clearly experts in traditional Indian cooking. We found that the combination of foods was excellent, having taken a few recommendations of the very friendly waiter who took our order. We specified that we liked more beans in the vegetarian korma and it arrived with the right proportion of beans cooked with the right timing. The green curry was exceptionally good. All dishes were very well received by every one and the quantity was just right. The food quality was great and there was nothing that we did not like. Even the one who had no preference for spicy dishes enjoyed the meal. The bill was very reasonable, at US$7 per person net. There was no extravagant decoration or fancy furniture and the management minimized waste of time and floor space which probably accounted for the reasonable prices for patrons. This restaurant could still made a profit because of the volume of business due to its reputation!

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San Francisco, California
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Tasty food and commendable service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

In the month and a half we've spent in SE Asia, we haven't had a single restaurant meal featuring good service -- except at Baba's. It might be a cultural preference in SE Asia, but it's often difficult to get a waiter's attention after the initial order. They just disappear. At Baba's, the manager/owner was personally directing "traffic," and our water glasses never went empty. We were provided with a full set of silverware (and several napkins -- hooray!) and the waiter took the time to explain all the chutneys. Our food was prompt and delicious. Dessert, a type of rice pudding, was complimentary -- and complementary! We received our check right after we requested it, and it came with a questionnaire offering 5% off the bill if we rated the service and food (on the questionnaire card -- not TripAdvisor).

If you seek delicious, authentic Indian food at fair prices, I would definitely recommend Baba's. The service can't be beat!

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Delicious first class Indian food at super price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This place was a few doors down from our hotel and having read the great reviews on here we decided to try it out. We got a table at the front so could people watch as we ate. I had the vegetarian korma and my wife the tofu masala with roti and rice. Everything was well cooked, perfectly spiced and the right amount of heat. The waiter gave us a sweet palate cleansing rice dish for desert for free and also a 5% discount for filing in a comments form. Came to about £10 in total which included a couple of Sapporo beers. Highly recommended.

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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“Varied menu, delicious food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I had one of my best meals in Ho Chi Minh City at Baba's Kitchen on Bui Vien. On one of my visits there (I went twice) I was in the mood for snacks rather than a meal so I ordered veggie bhajis and chicken samosas. Both were delicious, and were even better when dipped in one of the home-made spicy and sweet sauces provided. On another visit I had chicken biryani. You are always asked what spice level you want. I asked for spicy, and I wasn't disappointed! My only complaint - and this was common for most restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City - is that the chicken was dry. The portions at Baba's Kitchen are generous, but the nice thing is that the staff will wrap up your leftovers if you want.

The staff are particularly attentive at Baba's. The Indian owners always stop by to chat and to make sure you are happy with the food. The Vietnamese servers are quick and efficient. And, in one of my visits, I noticed that the staff happily swapped ingredients for a client who either had celiac disease or dairy intolerance. So, if you need special service, go to Baba's!

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Bamaga, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Yum! Amazing food & Great Atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Baba's Kitchen is awesome. For anyone who loves Indian food, you must try it.

We were seated as soon as we walked in. And we were lucky enough to get a seat on the balcony overlooking the street. It was a perfect, warm night so we watched everyone walking by on the street below. Definitely added to our positive experience.

The food was delicious. Probably a little spicier than I would normally go for but still very tasty. Service was very fast & efficient too. The staff were so friendly & checked on us many times to make sure all was ok.

I would definitely recommend this place.

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