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“Finally, good service at a restaurant in Saigon !”
Review of Huong Lai

Huong Lai
Ranked #23 of 3,288 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Hanoi
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Finally, good service at a restaurant in Saigon !”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

We recently spent 1 month in Vietnam.
The service we received at Huong Lai was very good service, and unfortunately, not our common experience in vietnam.
The food and location were great, and the knowledge that the restaurant trains street kids and orphans makes it even more a worthwhile place to eat.
We also experienced "Streets" in Hoi An, and KOTO in Hanoi - all 3 are great places to eat - and it's a really nice change to get good service from staff who can actually speak English well.
The management at Huong Lai are to be congratulated !

  • Visited August 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Delicious food in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

A large group of us came here to celebrate an event, and the staff did a spectacular job. You definitely get what you pay for here, and more considering the cause your business is supporting as well. The building it's in is absolutely beautiful as well. A great choice for a special occasion.

  • Visited September 2011
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Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food and cause...”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Great food, location, and service. On top of that, this restaurant's workers are children who once were street kids who have been given a second chance...so it is also a great cause!

Visited August 2012
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Shanghai, China
Level 5 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great Place for lunch”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We went to Huong Lai for lunch with three people and luckily they had a lunch set for exactly three people. I cannot really judge the concept of the restaurant, but the food was excellent and so was the service. The Vietnamese member of our little group was pleasantly surprised by the quality and authenticity of the food - I would think that is a very good sign.
The only thing you may want to consider is that the dinning area is on the second floor, up a steep wooden staircase. If you are travelling with young children or have an injury/disability this might be a problem.

  • Visited July 2012
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Munich, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Definately worth visiting”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

We loved everything about Huong Lai, from it old colonial shop house feel and its rickety steps. Our feelings about reviews for good cause restaurants is they are often given excellent due to the great work they are doing, even if the service and food does not necessarily merit it. Well at Huong Lai the service, food, and price definitely deserves an excellent as does the cause.

  • Visited August 2012
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