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“Greasy and expensive”

Lac Thai Restaurant
Ranked #679 of 3,154 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Paris
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92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Greasy and expensive”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2012

Since I read great reviews of this restaurant, and thai foods is my favorite food, I took my vietnamese girlfirend here on my last night in Saigon. Big mistake, I should have stayed with all the great vietnamese restaurants all over town she made me discover.

The setiing, an old Hanoi-style wooden house, is indeed quite beautiful and stylish. The restaurant was practically empty, bar a few expats at the bar.

The portions in this restaurant are huge: we ordered four dishes to share, which was way too much. A single dish feeds two — if you can handle all the grease.

The fried catfish and mango salad was a gigantic pancake of minced deep-fried catfish, with a few rasped green mangos on the top. The catfish obviously was deep-fried at a too low temperature and those soaked with oil. Same problem with the "soft-shell crab in light curry" - the crab was deep fried, but not crisp, soaking in oil. The omelette-style curry topping was OK, but you get an idea how heavy this dish also was on your stomach...

The raw shrimp salad sounded appealing: the shrimps with their sauce indeed were appealing, the huge pile of rasped (western) cabbage without dressing they sat upon wasn't, and definitively unthai. We also had a plate of "spicy" (but not really) stir-fried noodles, subpar too.

There is a much better thai restaurant just a few bocks away, called the "Blue Elephant", in Thit Sach street. If you want to eat thai, go there. Otherwise, there are loads of AMAZING vietnamese restaurants in Saigon, more so in District three than in District one.

  • Visited April 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Thai Food AMAZING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Probably some of the best Thai food I've ever had and the curry is deffinitely the best I've had. Service was impecable and drinks were yummy too. You'll miss it if you walk too fast, but deffinitely worth the stop.

  • Visited March 2012
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Really good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2012

tasty Thai food, nice place with nice music with impressive decoration

Visited February 2012
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Worongary, Australia
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175 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Worth seeking out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

Tucked away as it is in a little alleyway which was stuffed with so many motorbikes, we could barely get in. However, as with most other reviews here the restaurant is worth finding. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, pretty authentic Thai with influences of Vietnamese. Loved the decor. The only let down was we had a few smokers near us despite having non-smoking areas. The air-con was pretty effective in removing any lingering smoke, though otherwise we would have been out of there!

  • Visited February 2012
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Phnom Penh
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76 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Solid Thai Food in a good location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2012

Lac Thai provides solid Thai food in a very central location. I've eaten a lot of Thai food over the years and though this isn't a highlight it ticks most of the boxes and is pretty consistent. if you are after Thai food in HCMC this is probably worth a visit.

Visited May 2011
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