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“Wonderful slightly hidden restaurant”
Review of Zest Bistro & Cafe

Zest Bistro & Cafe
Ranked #795 of 3,204 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $5 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Looking for a place to relax in this crazy town? Stop looking and come to Zest.Located on the water front, just minutes away from the Bach Dang pier, the newest bistro in town offers one of the nicest views of the river, in a very calm environment. With food from all over the world, our menu is designed for all, as well as our drinks and cocktails.Every Friday nights, Zest is holding live music, bringing the best musician and singer in town, to enhance you night with Jazz, Blues to Rock & Roll music.Let us bring more zest into your Saigon life!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful slightly hidden restaurant”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

When visiting the Ton Duc Thang Museum I found this wonderful restaurant. It is located on the museum's compound, with the riverside across the street. The museum is mwah but this is a wonderful place: good food, very attentive staff, nice architecture.
After coming in I was welcomed with a cup of fresh water. The salad I had was a surprise as a combination of unexpected components gave a very nice and fresh taste.
Recommended, a place to pop in regularly!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Peter V
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Jonathan L, Manager at Zest Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review, January 27, 2013
Dear Peter,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are glad to receive such feedback from our customer each time, and we certainly hope to see those come back!

Jonathan
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A great night out!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We visited on NYE, looking for somewhere quiet to have a drink, away from the crowds. We came across the restaurant had a drink and ordered some snacks. The quality of the food, caused us to stay and order a main meal and we are glad we did. Everything was cooked perfectly to order and seasoned well. The food, the decor, the manager and staff all contributed to a lovely evening.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Frances G
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Jonathan L, Manager at Zest Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Frances,

It is such a pleasure receiving great review such as yours. I am glad you've had a good time in our bistro. We hope we will have the pleasure to have you back among us soon!

Have a great weekend!

Jonathan
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Ho Chi Minh City
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Long Islands & Chicken Cordon Bleus...”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

From the decor, to the manager and owner, everything was awesome! I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Friends told me to visit Zest Bistro & Cafe since my landing back in HCMC, and since visiting, I have no regrets. I've tried a good chunk of the menu so far, and the Chicken Cordon Bleu is the best. I've also been to a couple of events that they've held, Zest Bistro & Cafe have some pretty good turn outs.

When I asked how's the Long Islands here, the owner said he'd personally make it for me, awesome!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank MRkowalaBEAR
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Jonathan L, Manager at Zest Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Hi,

This is such a pleasure to receive great review! It is an accomplishment on itself !

We hope to see you again very soon!

Jonathan
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Perth, Australia
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125 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Well worth seeking out”
Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

Zest is a little off the usual tourist strip but only by a few minutes walk. We've eaten all around Vietnam and this place ranks with the best of them.

I had the fish & chips and a salted limeade and enjoyed every bit of it.

The restaurant itself is clean, well presented, cool and has free WiFi. The staff were friendly and attentive without being imposing.

Enjoyed it so much we're going back again tomorrow!

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Thank clem3-16
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Jonathan L, Manager at Zest Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear clem3-16,

It is such a pleasure to have you written this review on Zest. We are very happy that you have had a good experience in our establishment.

Looking forward to see you again
Best regards,
Zest
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great new restaurant in downtown HCMC”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Since the closing down of the regretted Java Café on the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Dong Du, I'd been on the lookout for a place to eat, have breakfast, read my e-mails, meet people in downtown HCMC. Recently opened Zest Bistro and Café with its central but slightly off the beaten track location (in the little-visited Ton Duc Tang museum compound) offers all that and more (free parking!) with excellent value meals (checkout breakfasts, specialty gourmet coffees, Vietnamese specialties, Western desserts and savory meals!). Kudos for attention to details, separate smoking area, etc. Been there 3 or 4 times in the past month and am still discovering stuff on the menu.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Tintin_in_Saigon
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Zestbistrocafe, Owner at Zest Bistro & Cafe, responded to this review, September 2, 2012
Dear Tinin_in_Saigon,

Thank you for your kind review. It's rewarding to know someone enjoys our efforts to make Zest a comforatble place for customers.

Best regards,
Zest
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