We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sesame

No photo provided
Got a photo?
Add it.
Sesame
Ranked #1,330 of 3,139 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Waitstaff
Penarth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
110 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2010

We chose to eat at Sesame after reading in Lonely Planet that the restaurant was staffed by disadvantaged young people to give them training in a career in catering.

We wrote the address down to show the taxi driver but he did have trouble finding it as it’s tucked away from the main road. When we found it, we were little concerned as it was empty and our motto is “never eat in an empty restaurant” as there’s usually a very good reason for this! However, as it was quite difficult to find and the staff were so delighted to see a customer, given that it was also for a good cause we decided to stick with it.

There are just two set menus listed on a blackboard – Western and Asian. I can’t recall the exact prices but they were both around 100,000 dong for three courses. We both chose the Asian dishes. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We were pampered all the time with the staff moving the chairs out for us to sit, placing the napkins on our laps and topping up our drinks whenever we’d taken a couple of sips!

The food was excellent as was the service and it was such a shame that they didn’t have more customers.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank MizzTraveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

8 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    5
    2
    0
    1
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“charming, super great service, good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2009

Sesame is part of a cooking school that seems to be on 'campus.' It's a little difficult to find on the Xo Viet road (pronounced 'so-viet'.....) since the 153 block has a lot of other buildings and 'schools'. As you walk in the courtyard w/ the little yellow sign (only open few days a week during certain times..so be sure to call ahead and find out the schedule: went on Saturday night, opened at 7pm), you will need to track down someone who works there since the other folks are probably students finishing up their classes. The restaurant is in the back area, nice and cozy and there was 2 items on the menu: Western or Asian. Western was a nice steak w/ vegetables and the Asian was rice and grilled shrimp. Both were about $5USD and came w/ salad. Beer was under $1USD each. Service was just outstanding, enthusiastic students and the food was pretty decent. They give you a high class service, but being on campus, it's basically semi-casual dining. Definitely recommend, and it appears that the proceeds go back into the school. Will go again.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
2 Thank travelichigo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Sesame also viewed

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 

Been to Sesame? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing