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“Awesome proper English food :-)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Alex

Cafe Alex
17K Street 10C Ward Thuan Tay, Quan 7 | (Off Nguyen Thi Thap Lam Van Ben Street 5K), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
0903988034
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Ranked #19 of 1,521 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Asian, English, Vietnamese
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2 reviews
“Awesome proper English food :-)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This place is in District 7, 1 block off the main road. The food is sourced properly so you can get proper English Breakfasts with real non streaky bacon and proper sausages, and proper fish and chips too. Everything on the menu is made properly and the portions are good too. The guy who has the cafe (Chris) is English and makes everything to the standard you would only normally get in the UK. Definitely worth eating here. On Wednesdays they also have live music.

Visited October 2012
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  • English first
  • Any
English first
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Music Cafe with great banter and bangers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I think there's a few reasons cafe Alex is getting good reviews. Firstly its location is just perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle whilst still being on a cafe side that feels like real VIETNAM. Bear in mind just a few kms away is Skygarden etc that has a Korean ambience. However still only 15 mins from D1 centre. Secondly its a music cafe, Ive met loads of musicians there, expats and travellers. Its a place to jam. Open mics happen on wednesdays, folk and blues, laid back. The conversation can go on as well on the cafeside. The beer is ICE cold, the attention to detail on the food has already been reviewed here. The Chicken in White wine is great, creamy mash. Its a brilliant place for a weekly treat of British food. If your feeling sociable you can get into a great conversation with the English landlord who plays good music all day and evening.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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saigon
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Breakfast at Alex's cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Without a doubt,the best place in Saigon for breakfast. The bacon is top quality, sausage is excellant and most of all, the scrambled eggs are divine. Chris and his Mrs are there for you when you need them. I met some guys who had the roast as well, and could not stop talking about it...wishing it was Sunday!!.

I will be back

Steve

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ho Chi Minh
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Tetley Tea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Great cafe/restaurant, I go here all the time.

The only place I can find that serves tetley tea. They normally play western music as well.

Nice environment to relax and eat in. Recommended!

  • Visited October 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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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Top Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Cafe Alex is in a quiet back street off the main drag Nguyen Thi Tap in District 7. Leafy little mini boulevard. It is open early morning till very late. Seating for 40 or so with indoor outdoor options. The latter lovely on a balmy evening.

Food is English and Vietnamese. As an earlier review said, things like bangers & mash or fish n' chips are wonderful. But the owners will mix and match to suit. So you can have baked beans on toast if you so desire. Or eggs. Etc. Good burgers too. I have not eaten VNese there, but from what I've seen the noodles look excellent.

Beer is as cold as you'll get anywhere. Prices not as cheap as in a local VNese outlet, but for foreigners quite suitable at a dollar US give or take for a variety of Tiger, Heineken, Saigon beers. Whiskey and other spirits also available.

Wednesday evenings features live music (English musicians) with a singalong if you are not embarrassed to open your tonsils.

Warm welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommended. (I go there at least once a week.)

  • Visited October 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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