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“Horrible? No. Pretentious? More than a little.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of 27 Grill

27 Grill
27th Floor Rooftop, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Ranked #64 of 1,573 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: 27 Grill is an affordable, casual, upscale establishment in Ho Chi Minh City consisting of a completely open kitchen built of marble and polished stainless steel, Glass covered wine cellar, and rustic yet warm furniture and decorations. The restaurant boasts one of the highest dining experiences in Vietnam with unparalleled breath-taking views of Vietnam's largest city. The restaurant also features an al fresco dining option located on the rooftop of AB Tower. 27 Grill is lead by Danish Chef Camilla Bailey.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Horrible? No. Pretentious? More than a little.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I went to 27 Grill last Saturday night. The security to get into the restaurant verges on surreal. One would think you were about to go backstage at a rock concert. Thankfully, we had reservations so the dour and suspicious guards let us pass through. We weren't even frisked. Once in the restaurant, the staff was far more pleasant though not exactly friendly either.

We sat on the rooftop which does have wonderful views of the city. Since we were not in a hurry, we decided to have drinks and apps first. The appetizers, oysters and foie gras, arrived and we were almost finished and still no drinks. The oysters were plump and buttery, the foie gras just ok.

After asking a second and third time, the drinks appeared. (Note to almost every restaurant in Saigon: Don't have multiple servers on one table. I was asked by three different servers if we wanted to order. It does not inspire confidence that your order is being handled correctly) Vodka martini was fine but the Appletini (my wife's order) had little vodka and tasted like candy. Not particularly impressive for a place that is better known for its bar scene.

We then ordered steaks, ribeye and tenderloin, US Choice (alas no prime steaks here). They were well executed. The sides on the other hand were ordinary, small and over-priced. We also each ordered a glass of wine which did come more promptly but were some of the smallest pours I have experienced in a very long time.

The dessert choices were uninspired and looked like nothing more than an afterthought so we decided to pass.

The Chill Bar music and was not too annoying from he rooftop although the lyrics "licka, licka, n..ga" were rather offensive (granted most of the patrons probably have no idea). However exiting through the dining area, the music was so loud and the bass so prominent that it is hard to believe that someone could digest without indigestion. So my suggestion would be to eat early if you are inclined to sit indoors.

In short, not a great value proposition and is still a nightclub/bar trying to be upscale. Pricing wise it has the upscale thing down but there are better and more creative options. I will say that it appears you do not have to wait in line to get into Chill Bar if you dine there but then one has to ask why in the world would you wait in line for a bar anyway?

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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shawncscott, Manager at 27 Grill, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Dear Takdan,

Thank you for your recent review on tripadvisor with some valuable feedback of your experience. We have already taken steps to improve the initial entrance in the lobby of the building we are located. 27 Grill and Chill Skybar is a shared location and elevator thus the reason for the higher than normal security which is for the Skybar.

The Steak selection offers something for everyone including Australian Wagyu, Australian MSA Angus and USA Choice. The Australian MSA Angus is hormone free with much more flavor which is why we decided against using the USA Prime.

We have noted your comments and will work with the Chill Skybar Team about the selection of music by our DJ and will closely monitor what is played in the earlier hours. Our DJ begins each night at 9:30pm with music only being played in the Skybar. At 10:00pm we change the restaurant and lounge music to be the same as the Skybar however the music at this point is still suitable for conversations and not at the level you would expect from a nightclub/bar. Generally the music will be turned up around 10:30 as we transition into a club/bar on the outside Skybar and Lounge.

Thank you again for your comments, we hope you give us another chance for an improved experience. Please feel free to contact me directly at shawn@chillsaigon.com for any related matters. I would be happy to personally take your reservation the next time you decide to try us out.

Kind Regards,

27 Grill & Chill Skybar Management
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English first
New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

The restaurant is a great place to go for a romantic date. The ambience is lovely and the food is absolutely fantastic! I really hope people support this place as the food is not only delicious but quite unique in the city!

  • Visited November 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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Ho Chi Minh City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great steaks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you like top quality food prepared with dedication and expertise, and enjoy good wines and great luxury atmosphere but being faced with very reasonable prices, you may wish to have a look (and a bite) at the recently renovated 27 Grill on top of AB tower in Le Lai, District 1.
27 Grill, has not only been subject to a physical renovation, offering now the delights of an open kitchen where you can see the chefs and staff cooking, but alto the concept and food becoming one of the best steak houses in town.
Offering a selection of imported beef cuts, which can be grilled to your taste, the two Danish chefs specialised in one thing, steaks, and they really do them very well. Camilla, started had her first job in a restaurant kitchen when she was barely twelve, helping her family. Twelve years later, five of which she spent in Michelin star restaurants, she is making amazing food in Ho Chi Minh City, and she loves it. Originally from Copenhagen, she has been one year in Vietnam and is amazed with the love that Vietnamese people have for food, from two to eighty year olds, Vietnamese really like to eat and make food a big part of their social life.
But beef is not all what 27 Grill has to offer. For example, the starts, most of which are priced at just 165.000 VND are delicious. The Scargots with garlic and parsley were served in a hot plate, with a delicious sauce. Offering and incredible taste, you can forget what you think about traditional or Vietnamese style snail, these were so good that they had disappeared from the plate in a matter of minutes.
The smoked salmon with cream cheese and cucumber, also 165.000 VND is a real delicacy: Camilla smoked the salmon personally, and you can feel its freshness when you eat it. Imported directly from Denmark, it was a real treat not only for the palate but also for the eyes, due to the beautiful presentation and delicious taste.
We also tried the Grilled squid salad, 165.000 VND, offering a selection of fresh varied salad leaves with generous portions of squid and grilled octopus, covered with a light but tasty marinade of balsamic vinegar and spices. It was a pleasure to enjoy the nicely grilled octopus and squid, fresh and grilled to its best.
This is just a small selection of the many starters available, other include Grilled Boston lobster, Foie Gras terrine, oysters and tuna tartar.
Starters are served with home baked bread and home made sauces, even home made butter Danish style, which was creamy and nice.
The delicious starters, will give you an idea of what you can expect with the mains. With such an interesting selection of beef, we decided to try some of the cuts on offer. We started with the Australian tenderloin (520.000 VND) which was great: very juicy and full of flavour, tender and delicate, virtually melting in your mouth, a great treat for meat lovers.
We chose some side dishes to share, all priced at 65.000 VND. I must say one of them, the macaroni and cheese was outstanding! You will also be able to choose from a good selection of sauces, all home made.
The Australian strip loin (420.000 VND) was the next to be served from the nearby grill. Also full of flavour, the red wine sauce was a great complement, giving it an even better taste.
Finally, the US rib eye (400.000 VND) was served. A huge piece grilled to perfection offering a great taste, and in my opinion, one of the best steaks in town.
I must not forget that the steak experience was really enhanced by the bottle of Peter Drayton Shiraz that which shared. Offering a peppery nose, delicious and complex palate, elegant and full of fruit. However this was just one of the over 150 different wines available on the wine list (13 of which are available by the glass), with prices starting at a mere 680.000 VND; however for those of you looking for a special wine to share with friends or business partners, the extensive wine list does also have to offer very exclusive bottles like the Chateau Margaux 88 or the Chateau Mouton Rotschild 97.
27 Grill is now offering family set meals on Sunday, two really good deals, just ring them to find more!
Open seven days a week from 5.30 to 10pm, this exclusive while affordable restaurant, will bring you amazing food with some of the best views in town, please note the dress code (no shorts, no slippers), and be ready to enjoy a memorable evening, and if you are up to it after your meal, you may wish to g o down to Chill bar for a cocktail, live DJ and some fun, open til l 2 am.

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great Service with a View”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We booked on a Friday evening... through our hotel Concierge. Food is expensive by Vietnam standards. Service was excellent, food very good, open kitchen and great views of the city from the 27th floor. Unusual to find a restaurant with great views and great food too, We left as the music from the bar on the open deck below started getting loud and spolit the ambience of the restaurant. Make sure you book or might not get past the "front desk" on the ground floor.

  • Visited October 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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ho chi minh city
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“amazing juicy tender steak with an amazing view, (a must try)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The most amazing food in hcmc. we loved the food, the vibe and the view. we ordered beef tatar and i must say i have never loved tartar before, but this tatar was so yummy and soft and the steak was juicy, tender and was melting on the tongue like soft butter, it was heaven!!! they are famous in Vietnam for their steak so was pleasant surprised when everything else tasted delicious too, the homemade bread with homemade butter was a feeling of home, a rare feeling in hcmc. we will defiantly come back many times again. great experience.

  • Visited September 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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