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“Nice but a little bit expensive”
Review of L'essentiel

L'essentiel
Ranked #408 of 3,597 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: A recent arrival to the growing ranks of authentic French dining experiences in HCMC, L'essentiel Restaurant offers a quiet intimate dining experience downstairs with space for private functions and alfresco dining on an upper floor.Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm, Chef Vanessa who has been after 14 years experience in France makes variety of classic French cuisines. The menu for lunch changes weekly and monthly for dinner. The food is fresh and the wine list carefully collated.
Reviewed November 22, 2013

We offered the steak and it is delicious. Sause and potato is good..staff is nice...overall it's quite good but the price is a little bit expensive

1  Thank Kingkong333
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

We heard about this place through tripadvisor and really thought that our experience matched the comments. It is a lovely place! Decent coffee! Funky clothes! Fast service! Excellent salads! Great service - and of course free WiFi. We felt miles away from the busy HCMC!

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1  Thank Lanes313
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Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

More expensive than the average Vietnamese restaurant L'essential is worth it if you're missing European food. Staff very welcoming but not too in your face, got a glass of prosseco and bread upon arrival, both complimentary. Reasonable wine and excellent steak.

1  Thank Clofly48
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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We found this gem via a tripadvisor search "near us now" and I have to say we really enjoyed our meal.

Initially we sat upstairs but it was noisy as there was a local party plus a few local groups on tables so they came and asked if we wanted to move downstairs which was much quieter and nicer for having a conversation.

The menu was a tiny bit limited but I think there was something for almost everyone (veggies may struggle).

Service was discreet and polite.

Food was beautifully presented and very tasty. My duck (I asked for it medium) was perfect.

Overall good value too and we really enjoyed our essential evening!

Easy to find near the Bitexco Tower and opposite a large sports bar.

Would eat there again an recommend it if you want to eat out in HCMC!

1  Thank Individual_11
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I was surprised how empty the restaurant was on a weeknight, given the quality of the food and good reputation. One plus factor for me and my friends was a good wine list at reasonable prices. We shared a number of dishes and enjoyed every one.

Thank Feistygal
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