Category Archives: District 1

Pretty good veggie action in a cheap watering-hole on Bui Vien

This is the 11,000Dong beer-joint and cafe-restaurant in the middle of Bui Vien Street.  Sorry that I cannot remember the street address.  If you are starting from the Little India sign, then just after that, pass the Circle K (heading towards Do Quan Dau to the West)then it is about 3 or so more businesses down on the same side.

I found out pretty recently that they have some pretty good veggie stuff on the last page of the menu.  That last page is listed below.  I had the first entry from this page.  It was delicious.

Bui Vien Watering Hole's Veggie Page

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Veggie Venue 6 – Hoa Khai: 124-126 Nguyen Cu Trinh; D1

This is a new place that just opened in May 2011.   You should try it.  Menu still in Vietnamese only right now, but they may add an english one.  You should be able to find a waiter to help you though.  Moderate/very reasonable pricing.  Good food and friendly owner and waiters.  Room for larger groups.

There are various things on the menu including Thai dishes, etc.  It is a Vegan Restaurant.  This place is very new and clean.  The prices are under control and when we went as a group with people from Couchsurfing.org , there was still a 20% discount going on back then as well.  If you decide to go with a group,  consider calling a reservation and maybe they might be ready to give you a group discount.   They even have  vietnamese beer.

  • 124-126 Nguyễn Cư Trinh; District 1, Nguyễn Cư Trinh Ward
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Updates:

(August 2011):  Now they have delivery!  You can even order by the net: http://www.eat.vn/en/hoakhai  (Districts 1,3,4, and 5 at the moment) from 7:15 am to 22:00 pm everyday

Hoa Khai from the Street at Night

Couchsurfing Vegetarians in SaiGon Going for Dinner

Some vegetarians and veggie-loving folk from the Saigon Couchsurfers group have planned a meeting for dinner in a new veggie place in District 1 on Tuesday.

The place/time is:

Hao Khai – 124-6 Nguyen Cu Trinh, Dist 1.

Date:  May 31st, 2011 – 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Here are the Couchsurfing threads about this meeting:

http://www.couchsurfing.org/group_read.html?gid=5558&post=8563259

and here is the event:   http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=116973

 

 

Also, a new subgroup of the SaiGon group on CouchSurfers has formed.  It is “SaiGon Vegetarians”:    http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=42390

 

 

 

Veggie Venue 5 – “Ngoc Tho” ; 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao, district 1

Veggie Venue 5 – “Ngoc Tho” ; 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao, district 1

This place has been reviewed by a lot of travelers.  I suggest you do a search on “Ngoc Tho, 175/9 Pham Ngu Lao”, and read some of the blogs and reviews.  A pretty good one to help give you an idea is: http://ilovemyveg.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html

Ngoc Tho from the Street in Daytime (HappyCow.Net)

When I took my table, there was only one other table with diners.  By the time I finished, all the tables were full — I suspect with people on their way home from work.  The service was friendly, and the food was middle-priced and very tasty.   I wanted to try so many things, but stuck to bean tacos and a small clay-pot of steamed/fried vegetables.  I am sure I will be stopping by this place pretty often.  The location is right in there on a drivable  side-alley off of Pham Ngu Lao.  That’s the same alley that has Le Pub and another veggie spot. “Ngoc Tho” is the one that is NOT across from Le Pub, but rather a bit closer to Pham Ngu Lao Street  proper.

I plan to try the fried mushrooms next time!  I heard good things about them.

The pics of what I ate will be added here shortly.

Veggie Venue 3 – “Mandala” ; Suong Nguyet Anh Street, district 1

“Mandala” – 110 Suong Nguyet Anh Street ; D1

veg.mandala@yahoo.com

This is a new, relatively upscale Tibetian-Vietnamese Veggie Fusion place.

Mandala from the Street at Night

The decore is fresh, big, and impressive.  There are lots of rooms with plenty of space for quite large groups.

one of the dining areas

The menu at this restaurant is large and has English translations and pictures.

I dined here with 2 friends.  We ordered a couple things each and shared, so I got to try a lot of dishes.  I liked the various noodle dishes and the Salad Mandala the most — while the tofu, okra, and spring rolls less.  Keep in mind that the menu is much bigger than just what is seen in these photos.

The food was, in general, pretty good…  and the atmosphere is, I think, very nice.  The service is very good and with a genuine friendliness to it.  I think it is worth your time to go check this out — at least if you are passing through this side of town.  They just recently opened,  so I would think the the food could get even better with time.  It was already good enough that night for me to warrant a return visit.

Veggie Venue 1 – “Sai Gon”; Bui Vien St. – district 1

The order of these eateries are not in any order.  If anything, the order is semi-chronological (in the sense of the order in which I went to the place and gathered info and photos, etc).

This isn’t the first eatery with vegetarian food that i have tried, but it is the most recent one, so I will start with it.

NAME: “Sai Gon – The Spiritual Vegetarian”

LOCATION: 138 Bui Vien Street;

(Pham Ngu Lao (backpacker’s) area of District 1)

A View of "Sai Gon" from the Street

This place, in fact, isn’t strictly veggie.  That doesn’t bother me so much, so I tried the veggie spring-rolls.  I really liked them.  I didn’t try anything more because of a lack of time and wasn’t all that hungry.  Below is a pic of the dish after i had already eaten a bit.  After the pic, I devoured the whole plate.

Sai Gon's Veggie Spring Rolls

I imagine that I will be trying more dishes here in the future.  I might add info here after that.  If you have eaten here and want to add anything,  please add a comment or mail me.  Thanks!

Below is the veggie part of the menu.  There are plenty of other meatless offerings outside of the veggie section as well (like pasta and pizza just as an example).