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“Truly enjoyable”
Review of Nha Hang Ngon

Nha Hang Ngon
Ranked #107 of 3,350 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
“Truly enjoyable”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

First impressions: Acting on a tip from our local tour guide, we sought out this little gem. It is the sister concept restaurant of the one in Hanoi (26 Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi) -- they use the same name and logo, although I'm not sure which came first. Offering cheap, tapas-style, street food in a normal-height-seat restaurant setting, it is of excellent value. Grade A-minus.

Pros: For a visitor, it's a good introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. This place has many outdoor tables. The atmosphere, though plainly busy, is laid back. Several cooking stations are lined up along the side of the restaurant, each with its own particular set of dishes they made. From a highly-extensive menu, you can choose from a wide range of dishes and desserts. A very close competitor to my usual favourite: Red Bean Slushee, the three-coloured dessert drink was heavenly. Upon returning home, I sought it out from every Asian store/restaurant I can find.

Cons: Though the food is quite tasty, my Vietnamese friend swears it's not exceptional. In fact, she insists that, for certain dishes, she can find better ones at a cheaper price --- elsewhere!
Another downside relates to dinginess. (This is where the Hanoi restaurant gains a 1/2-star for its cleaner, neater Old French villa setting.) While service is good, it is the first thing that suffers when it gets very busy. Arrive real early as wait times can extend to 45 minutes. And watch out for sudden downpours if you are seated outside (that's when it can get vermin-ugly in a hurry).

Verdict: For a first-timer, it's worth a visit, if you can reserve beforehand, arrive early and able to see past the dinginess. Frankly, between the two, I prefer its Hanoi sister site.

  • Visited September 2011
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“Really great lunch”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here - we had the prawn mince on sugar cane which you wrap in rice paper rolls and it was really tasty. Great traditional vietnamese food.

  • Visited August 2012
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Philippines
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“A Place to Have Good Vietnamese Food”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

The place is unique and cozy. Within the perimeter of the restaurant, you'd have a good look of all the different Vietnamese food and desserts you may try. That is if you are into walking around the restaurant. The food presentation is nice and the food is delicious. Service is ok. It's a restaurant that I would go back to. Great place !

  • Visited August 2012
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“Too much choice!”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

We really enjoyed our meals at this street food in a restaurant venue.All our favourite Vietnamese food in one easy to eat place,the Sapporo beer girl was good too.

Would advise that when you are seated,they give you a menu,that you are better off visiting the food counters and then you can actually see the food you want and choose that way. Get an order form from the wait staff, make sure you have a pen,and get the food counter lady to write down what you have chosen,sort of point and order.

Easy way for newcomers to Vietnam to see and sample fine food.

Great food,very nice atmosphere,but book or get in early as when we finished our meal and left there must have been 60 people sitting on little chrome chairs and standing waiting for tables.

Will dine here again as the choice is HUGE.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Calling all foodies!”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Simply outstanding! Best meal in Vietnam so far! Unreal! A must go place! Don't listen to its detractors they are simply wrong!

  • Visited August 2012
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