South-East Asian Restaurants


185 Bui Vien, Q1 Tel: 3837 1311
Attractive but informal restaurant in the backpacker area serving authentic Thai cuisine. The prices are good, with seafood, pad thai, green curries and som tam dishes going for between VND35,000 and VND65,000. Extensive menu. Open until 11.30pm, no air conditioning.



3 Truong Dinh, Q1; Now Zone, 235 Nguyen Van Cu, Q1; Diamond Plaza; Parkson Tan Son Nhat; Lotte Plaza; Parkson Le Thanh Ton; Parkson Hung Vuong

Tel: 6290 6404

Inoodi doesn’t have a huge menu like other Thai restaurants in town, it has instead chosen to offer a few traditional dishes and to do them well. They specialise in international noodles from Korea, Japan and of course, Thailand and Vietnam.

Lac Thai
71/2 Mac Thi Buoi, Q1 Tel: 3823 7506
Located in an alley of Mac Thi Buoi, this elegantly designed restaurant focuses on Thai food in a cozy, art deco atmosphere. The rooftop is suitable for diners who want to have an intimate experience. Dishes cost around VND100,000 each.


Lac Thai Restaurant

12-14 Mac Thi Buoi

Tel:  9 5500 0560

A new resto-bar serving up high-end Thai-Vietnamese dishes for the discerning pallet. The interior design, crafted by the same owner as The Lost Art, will also sway heads with its 1930’s Shanghai theme.

Lion City Café & Restaurant
45 Le Anh Xuan, Q1; 701 Ba Thang Hai, Q10; 98/o Le Lai, Q1
Tel: 0938 111 212
Singaporean restaurant with three locations, including a brand new multi-level space on Le Anh Xuan. Extensive and well priced menu includes favourites like mee goreng seafood and crispy chicken with sambal. Most dishes range from VND60,000 to VND100,000. Open from 7am to 3am for dine-in or delivery. Be sure to check out the rooftop dining area or call ahead to book the prime “seat for lovers” for great views to complete your dining experience.

Mai Thai
13 Ton That Thiep, Q1
Tel: 3821 2920
Pleasant décor and authentic Thai cuisine in an attractive, themed setting. Does the full range of Thai dishes using imported ingredients and is known for serving its cuisine up spicy, a welcome change from other similar restaurants which cook the same dishes but without the kick.

102-104 Le Lai, Q1
Tel: 3925 7777
This beautifully decorated restaurant takes the Thai theme further than most, with touches like dancing girl bas-reliefs on the walls. But the focus remains chef Kawesri Viroj’s well-crafted seafood dishes like the crispy catfish salad with mango sauce.

Singapore Chicken Rice
373 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Q10
An enormous chicken rice eatery that remains one of the best-known purveyors of this dish in town. The basic chicken rice (com ga) goes for VND20,000 and a number of combinations are available including xa xiu.

27C Le Quy Don, Q3
Tel: 3930 7873
There’s a choice of seafood, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine at this appealing restaurant, which offers both indoor dining and an outdoor terraced area decked out in rural Thai style. Open for lunch and dinner, closes at 10.30pm.

Thai Express
8A Le Thanh Ton, Q1
Tel: 6299 1338