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“An Algerian experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bahdja Restaurant

Bahdja Restaurant
87-89-91 Ho Tung Mau street | District 1 (beneath Au Lac hotel), Ho Chi Minh City 0, Vietnam
+84 122 763 1261
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Ranked #8 of 1,403 restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: African
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: First Algerian Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city. Serving Algerian style Couscous, Tajines. Fresh mint tea, Espresso, Great wines, draught beer available. Unique decor, central location, lunches available Mon-Fri.
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“An Algerian experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Having tried Casablanca (Moroccan) Restaurant last week (see review), it was the turn of Bahdja (Algerian) Restaurant this week. Although close to Nguyen Hue and the centre of Saigon, it is on a street that does not see many tourists. The restaurant itself is attached to a modern hotel, and is, in fact, below street level. The signboard was not very easy to see, and the restaurant was empty when we arrived at about 8 p.m., although a few people came in during the course of our meal.

In comparison with Casablanca, the decor is less attractive or distinctive. So in terms of atmosphere, we gave Casablanca 5 stars and Bahdja a generous 3. I am sure that much could be done to make the atmosphere more intimate and genuinely Algerian. Since this is a restaurant that clearly takes its food and service seriously, it's a pity that the decor is not of the same standard and lacks appeal.

The service, however, was excellent. We were looked after by the Russian wife of the Algerian chef (the owners of the restaurant), and very well looked after too. The chef also came to our table towards the end of the evening to ask us whether we were enjoying the meal. Yes, thank you. Although the price of the meal, including two large pots of mint tea and a dessert, came to over 40$ for two, which makes it unaffordable for a lot of people and a very occasional treat for others, the complimentary glass of sparkling white wine and the plentiful home-made bread with spicy harissa and aubergine paste dips were very nice touches.

Since we wanted to make a comparison with Casablanca, we ordered a lamb couscous and a beef tajine. The couscous was good, and the lamb cutlets (served separately) were excellent. The tajine was wholesome, and had the interesting ingredients of apple and prune along with the beef. The portions were plentiful - a make or break issue for me.

We had a plate of Algerian desserts to finish up with, which were delicious. So it was altogether a very pleasant evening with excellent service and good or very good food, only let down a little by the rather uninteresting decor.

It's a class act and is definitely recommended.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bahdja_Restaurant, Owner at Bahdja Restaurant, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Tim B,
Thank you very much for your visit and comment about us in here! We do appreciate your time to explore and compare places serving North African cuisine in Ho Chi Minh city! Being happy to know you enjoyed your evening with us, we feel sorry that you was disappointed by the ambience. Your comment about décor will be definitely remembered when we get to innovations time. Thank you again about such nice evaluation of our food and service.
Our best regards!
Bahdja team.
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Gray, Maine
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139 restaurant reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Bahdja is a basement, smallish restaurant so you have to look down and to the right of the hotel that it is under. Not so difficult to find. I started off with a tomato and bell pepper salad that was absolutely wonderful. Perfect actually in size and flavor. I then went with the first "tagine" I have ever had, the lamb and beef with potato, carrot. Flavor was fantastic, the meat was melt in your mouth, and the portion size was just right for me. The service was perfect, with the chef's wife running the show out front. Chef stopped by to ask how everything was, wich is always a nice touch if possible. The menu is quite limited to Couscous plates and Tagines, with some interesting starters. Wine list is not extensive but it is good and very reasonably priced. Bahdja, across the board, is priced along with other better restaurants in town.This is the second restaurant in Saigon I have been to this week where the music, interesting though it was, was a touch too loud. It should be part of the atmosphere, not be the center of attention. All in, a great find. I will be back for sure.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bahdja_Restaurant, Owner at Bahdja Restaurant, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear mainereale,
Thank you very much for finding time to leave a comment about us in here. We are happy to know you liked our food. As for the spot of loud music in our atmosphere, thank you very much for sharing your feeling with us. We took it in cosideration and corrected this mistake! Hope your next visit will be better liked!
Thank you for visitng us & Best regards,
Bahdja team.
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Sydney, Australia
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“Heavenly Oasis in Saigon city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We found this delightful oasis by accident when exploring Saigon one afternoon. We went back the following evening for what I can only describe as the most heavenly food in Saigon. The Metwa tagine, lamb chops and home-made sausages where divine as were the Algerian pastries we shared for dessert. The European (Russian?) waitress was delightful and very attentive and just before the conclusion of the meal, the chef came out to meet and greet us and gave us some great tips on how to prepare couscous at home. All in all, it was a delightful evening and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone. It is a calm oasis in an otherwise bustling, manic city.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Meredith, New Hampshire
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“Delightful Change of Pace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

After 3 weeks of Vietnamese food (mostly excellent), we were ready for a change of pace upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. As usual, we relied upon Trip Advisor and tried Bahdja. We were greeted by the hostess/owner (her husband is the chef) and treated to a complimentary glass of champagne. The food and wine were superb and the staff friendly and accommodating. The portions were large and the menu authentic Algerian food. We ended our meal with delicious mint tea. From start to finish, it was a meal to remember. While slightly more expensive then we were used to paying in Vietnam (which is true for everything in HCMC), it was worth every penny. We highly recomment this restaurant.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Top Notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Looking for a Romantic Place for dinner ? Go to Bhadja.
Want to eat good food in saigon? go to Bhadja.
want to try soemthing new in saigon ?go to Bhadja !
A very different experience in Saigon ,The restaurant has all potential to reach number 1 in Trip Advisor soon .Being a Foodie from India I loved the place for its service,food and decor.The owner made feel like home . Food for a person will cost around 20$ but still worth every bit
It all started for me with lingering Tomato paprika salad ,then with couscous(one of the best in HCMC) Tajini and then the final -Mint tea served in a royal kettle .What a experience!! I recommend everyone must try this Algerian resto when in HCMC .

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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