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

“Mandala” – 110 Suong Nguyet Anh Street ; D1

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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.

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Veggie Venue 2 — “Phap Quang” ; 31 Ton That Thuyet Street, District 4

Phap Quang: 31 Ton That Thuyet; District 4, Ward 18

I found another veggie spot (Com Chay) in district 4.   This one, called Phap Quang, is in the southeast corner of this triangular-island district of SaiGon that we call simply “District 4” (Quan.4/Q.4).  This street is the southern border of the district – running the full length of the canal along the longest side of the D4 triangle.  This locale is quite close to the southeast corner… just a bit before the bridge in the corner and the 2 little parks found there.

"Phap Quang" Sign Above the Locale at Night

This was the second time I have eaten here.  The first time I was here, I didn’t have my phone with me (and therefore no camera).  This place is really cheap (15,000 dong for a nice sized plate and a small soup).  The first time I came here, it was midday and she must have given me 3 cold Vietnamese teas.  This time, I was there at dusk and it was much cooler.  She didn’t bring any tea and she must have seen that I was kinda in a rush and I had all of my dogs with me, so they set up a table for me on the sidewalk.  If I had asked for a tea, of course I would have gotten one.  This place isn’t the cleanest and the food mostly tastes average, but it is Com Chay and it is cheap (and I felt good after both meals).   The fake meat reminds me of real meat so much, that I don’t like it too much… but I tell myself it isn’t meat and surely it doesn’t have meat broth added to it.   surely they would do that.

"Phap Quang" Sign at Streetside

Overall, I recommend it for the price, the soup, the tea, the serving size, and the fast service.  Weak points:  main courses are, let’s say “average” and this locale might be a BIT “ghetto” for some.  The Com Chay in D4 that you can find in an earlier entry on SaiGon Vegetarian (located on Huang Dieu Street), seems to have a little bigger selection, is less “ghetto”, and is only a bit more expensive (still very cheap).   That place on Huang Dieu Street is also pretty much in the middle of D4 and not far from the bridges to D1.   I plan on frequent both of these eateries.

Meal at Veggie Venue 2Soup at Veggie Venue 2

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).