The new restaurant covers an area of almost 1,000 sq m in an old-style space with the wooden frame of a house, wooden tables and chairs, a tiled roof, and ceramic art on the walls.
A special feature is the huge, 100-year-old banyan tree in the middle of the courtyard, which provides shade and cool air for all. Customers can enjoy their dishes in the courtyard at midday and still find a cool and comfortable spot.
With 200 popular dishes from around Vietnam, the restaurant has more than enough for everyone. Dishes include Haiphong crab spring rolls, Halong squid paste, and Hue-style beef vermicelli soup.
The first Quan Ngon 138 was opened at 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 1 more than a decade ago and it still attracts tourists of different nationalities every day.
Everything is of good quality, well presented, and hygienic, while prices are affordable. A dish of sweetened soup is around VND20,000 and other more expensive dishes are only around VND100,000 each.
Open from 7am to 10.30 pm.
Quan Ngon 138
61 Cao Thang, D.3, HCMC. Tel: (08) 3818 1816
138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, D.1, HCMC. Tel: 3827 9666