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“Disappointing in every way”
Review of Restaurant 19

Restaurant 19
Ranked #2,115 of 3,404 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

This restaurant is located across the road from the Grand Hotel, where we were staying. A charming and smiling young man who appeared to speak quite good English persuaded us that this was the place to have dinner.

Sadly, after that, everything which could go wrong did go wrong. The waiting staff had no English at all, and the young man who had lured us in had clearly learned from a script, since he was no help at all.

The beer was not cold. The food arrived in a completely haphazard order, with some of the main courses arriving before the starters. The Banh Xeo, which is supposed to be a crisp pancake, was limp and swimming in grease. The rice and noodles were only lukewarm. One of the main courses did not arrive until well after everyone had finished their meal. When we refused to accept it, the staff turned quite nasty. I added up the items on the bill which we had eaten, even though they really weren't very good, paid that total in cash and we left.

This is a place to be avoided!

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1  Thank TomMautner
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Great buffet meal here which included wine. The service was excellent but would recommend booking as the restaurant was full the evening we visited.

Thank Bouzylou
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

On our first day in Saigon thirsting for a beer we spotted this place not far from the river and decided to have lunch too. Draft Tiger beer was good and served quickly as was the food - we had rice pancake, prawn spring rolls and then catfish hotpot with rice. A good experience but nothing special, there are better places for a full meal, but ok for beer and a quick snack.

Thank SteveMOxfordshire_UK
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

The restaurant is in centre area so it's not so large. The ambiance is not the best but in return, this is a very good place to enjoy Vietnamese food with reasonable price. The menu is big so I am not sure everything is good but our meal was enjoyable. We ordered spring roll, chicken with chili and lemongrass, mushroom soup and mango salad. The staff is very friendly and attentive.

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Thank Thea N
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Small restaurant in the centre but food was not what is should be by Vietnamese standards. Staff was very friendly and did everything they could to please but menu card is too large to make sure that everything is good. There are better places in the center of this city. For Vietnamese standards, this was not a cheap place neither. Interior is not very pleasant.

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1  Thank TheFoxies
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