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“Excellent atmosphere, food and staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of May

May
3/5 Hoang Sa | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City District 1 HCMC, Vietnam
+84 8 39 10 12 77
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Ranked #22 of 1,366 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $10 - $50
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Southern Vietnamese family dishes are the main focus of the restaurant. We will welcome you as if you were coming in our home, with smiles and soft atmosphere, believing that good food brings people together. In a French colonial house, we went back to the roots of Vietnamese cuisine as it was done in the Sixties without MSG.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent atmosphere, food and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

May is a little bit tucked away, but if you give your taxi driver the address they should be able to find it. It's near the zoo and close to where Nguyen Thi Minh Kai and Hoang Sa intersect. The lovely colonial building and furniture gives the impression that the restaurant will be expensive, but it is actually very reasonable. You can sit on the ground floor or climb the stairs to other floors where there are little rooms tucked away. If you carry on further you'll reach the rooftop terrace with views of the local buildings. It's a great place to visit in a group as you can order lots of dishes to share, but the romantic ambiance also makes it a great option for couples. The food is beautifully presented and tastes delicious. The staff are attentive but not overbearing. I live in the city and May has become a firm favorite to take friends and family who are visiting. Would absolutely recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Beijing, China
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85 reviews 85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service in a nice and quiet location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This restaurant is a great choice to take a break from bustling and noisy HCM. The nice colonial building hosting May is in a little alley out of the city center (but still in District 1). Food is extremely good and the service excellent.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This is a beautiful restaurant set in an old colonial house. Ty was very helpful with suggestions for dinner and their signature cocktail. The food was very tasty. Highly recommend to anyone. It is hard to find, get the hotel to give you directions for the taxi driver.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Istanbul
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6 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Oh My God ... A MUST!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I dined here two weeks ago with three of my friends while traveling in Saigon. In fact we ate there two nights in a row since we figured why go anywhere else when we know we will get a fantastic meal. I had read great reviews on Trip Advisor about this place so I was very excited to try it out. Since there was four of us eating there two nights in a row -- and we are big foodies -- we pretty much tried everything on the menu. In fact the first night we had two rounds of meals, and I am not even embarrassed to admit it. Pork belly and egg, homemade tofu (the best I have ever had), tamarind and shrimp, tamarind and squid, ribs in clay pot, duck in clay pot, the soups--the soups!!! ... I can go on and on but the point is that if you find yourself in HCM City/Saigon, you must eat here. Tonight, tomorow night and pretty much every night you are in town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, CA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is a fabulous restaurant in a beautifully maintained French Colonial mansion. The food is terrific, the staff attentive, and the ambiance unparalleled. Highly, highly recommended.

Visited December 2012
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