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“Beautiful.”
Review of Cafe If

Cafe If
Ranked #512 of 3,459 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Opened August 2011
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

My partner and myself had a three course meal at cafe if- it was exquisite. Our starter was cooked on hot stones at our table. The manager and waitress were superb and could not have been more
Helpful. The building is gorgeous. Would certainly go back.

6  Thank Sally H
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Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Despite the raving reviews, we picked this place for our last evening dinner in Vietnam, but unfortunately this dinner turned out dissapointing.The restaurant itself is a beautiful old colonial house and the people are very friendly. As for the food: the spring rolls are truly delicious, but the curry's are very average. They were out of shrimps, soft crab and pork (clay pot), they only served vegaterian, chicken and fish and all 4 dishes we had were dissapointing. The vegaterian dishes was a bowl full of tofu, hardly no vegatables. Very dissapointing. And the price twice as high.

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Thank Carlijnonline
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

Café IF… a new dining venue with fabulous food, wine and ambiance!!!

Stepping beyond the gates of a historic villa located in the center of District 1, Saigon, you will be taken back to the aristocratic elegance of the period where time passes slowly as you contemplate lush gardens and botanical fragrances over a cup of coffee or a glass of champagne. Everything from the glazed tiles to the window shutters have been saved and restored. If Cafe Restaurant serves authentic and fine Vietnamese cuisine, the food is gastronomically Vietnamese with a contemporary flare and varieties of an extensive wine collection with such sought after bottles as 1912 Chateau Ausone or 2001 Chateau Latour. Wines from the new world include names like Opus One, Harlan, Rubicon and a myriad of other fine selections from Australia, France, Chile, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

I and my mom went back to VN after 23 years. We visit the If Cafe Restaurant thru tripadvisor. If Cafe Restaurant is a beautiful old French villa which you can choose to dine inside in the cozy dining room or outside in a romantic garden and proposes a superb dining restaurant with full of atmosphere. The food selection with recommendation by manager's Ming were delicious as using the freshest organic meats, seafood, vegetables and legumes, prepared with passion and attention to good health. We re-visit with a reservation for a table of 16 people, a beautiful place to re-union with friends. We ordered Banana flower seafood salad, fresh Seafood and Lotus Stem Salad, Crispy Mushroom, Mini-Clam egg roll, Vietnamese traditional ham with salt eggs, Pomelo seafood salad, Drilled Shrimp in Passion sauce, Crispy Duck in Tarmarin sauce. All delicious! The deserts "Ice Cream special IF" were excellent, home made ice cream in a square cube made from real fruit juices. The staffs were courteous and professionally trained, we felt like we were dining in a 5 star restaurant. A restaurant must to try if you visit Saigon! It is a perfect destination for a business breakfast or lunch, an intimate romantic dinner or a special event celebration.

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5  Thank OKJOKJ D
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Food was really good! It was early week and early evening so a bit quiet but the atmosphere was lovely. It had just rained and the doors to the garden were opened wide! Chef came for a chat and made recommendations. If you are in HCMC try it!

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1  Thank Rachelle R
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

My all-time favorite restaurant to visit when I am in town .
It feels like home when we are away from home .

Beautiful cozy ambience indoor and outdoor.
Great food , great service... staffs and place are nice and clean.

It's not easy to come across another restaurant that contains high quality overall services like CAFE IF .

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1  Thank TARIN N
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