On our random trip to Saigon, I’ve previously read through some articles on how a weekend could be well spent and maximized. As with any travel, I cannot miss trying out the good and well praised food in any city. On most articles, I have read that one of the must try restos in the area is Lemongrass Vietnamese Restaurant. Luckily (without really looking for it) we happened to pass by it during our stroll in Dong Khoi. Outside, there is a banner bragging that the restaurant is one of the 101 of the best in Asia.
Entering the place, one would feel the candle lit type of atmosphere, intimate and somewhat romantic, although the place is not very spacious. But I do think that especially at night, it must be nice to dine in, have good food with an intimate chit chat with a loved one, family or friends.
As for the food, I ordered the famous local food which is Pho. I got the one with both the beef and pork. It was a hearty soup which was just right for my palate, not too salty, not too bland. The beef was tender which is really good and the pork was actually not the usual pork slices but one with a “spam-like” texture.
We also got some vegetable and seafood noodles which was actually good as well.
I also ordered a cold Vietnamese coffee with milk which costed me VND 49,000. Now, there has been two drinks that are my top favorites: Thai Iced Tea and Vietnamese coffee (especially the dripping one!).
I would rate the dining experience 3.5 out of 5. Good points are the ambiance, the reasonable price, and the friendly service (the waiter even chatted with us about Imelda Marcos having dined there, if I’m not mistaken, just recently). The food is good especially the Pho. I would not mind dining out here again next time. 🙂
Lemongrass Restaurant: 4 Nguyen Thiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Vietnam