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“Excellent place to try Vietnamese food”
Review of Huong Lai

Huong Lai
Ranked #28 of 3,597 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 11, 2012

This is the perfect place to have your first Vietnamese dinner or just to have a quiet and good quality dinner.
The restaurant is located at the 1st level of an old colonial villa. The furniture matches perfectly with the old colonial style.
The food is really tasty and well cooked. You suggest to order the Huong Lai plate as an appetizer to try the spring rolls and the lotus salad. We had a beef lemongrass and a chicken with ginger, delicious !
The waiters are very attentive, quiet and so welcoming.
I would definitely go back there and advice this place to my friends.
And the food is totally afordable : about 50 000 VDN for vegetables and 98 000 VDN for the meat and fish.
Just make sure to arrive before 9 pm (closing time of the kitchen). The only disadvantage is that the restaurant closes at 10 pm. So make sure you arrive early !

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Thank roulie
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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 !

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Thank DnJ T
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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.

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Thank Sarah K
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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!

1  Thank Sbiscan
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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.

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Thank SHChris
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