On the way to the hotel for the first time, I noticed a Japanese restaurant just around the corner of our hotel
in Saigon. The day after the dinner Tania and I decided to try it out. From the outside the restaurant didn’t seem that inviting, because unlike other restaurants in the area the entrance looked like a typical Japanese restaurant located among the lanes of Shinjuku (with sliding shoji doors and white noren curtains). If we hadn’t peeked at the menu and opening times, we wouldn’t have noticed that it was open.
Pleased to know how Japanese the interior is, too! I’m guessing that this place is frequented and managed by Japanese expatriates – wome of the promotional menus were in Japanese and they had a Japanese channel on.
We were handed the menu, a fat clear file folder filled with amateur pictures of the dishes and the prices. From various kinds of sushi, sashimi, soba and bento sets, they’ve got a lot covered. The meals were affordable, almost half the price of a like-restaurant in KL. The people who attended us were Vietnamese who could hardly speak English (nor Japanese), so we only pointed out what we wanted to eat to them.
About ten minutes later, food arrived!
I had the sashimi set for US$9, which had ample of sashimi and rice, with miso soup, tofu and salad as side dishes. Tania had the kake don set for US$6, which had five prawn udons, rice and the same side dishes. Wasn’t expecting much when I ordered, but I was happy we got quality food for that price – the sashimi was fresh, thick and juicy. Recommended!
So if you’re feeling like having Japanese food in Saigon, head to:
LOL. Even if I head elsewhere, I’ll still be looking for sashimi. See my favorite Japanese cafe in Melbourne 🙂