7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

By Phuong Anh, Hoang Phong    February 8, 2024 | 04:00 am PT
U.S. magazine Travel+Leisure recommended a list of the seven best restaurants and bars that were newly opened in HCMC.
7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Located on Ton That Hiep Street in District 1, Bambino Restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine, with chefs and bartenders coming from Melbourne.

The restaurant is open from 6 p.m.

After 10 p.m. it was transformed into a dance floor with unique DJ performances.

On every Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant is available until 2 a.m.

It is located at 31 Ton That Hiep Street, Ben Nghe Ward.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Little Bear is in Thao Dien area, home to the city’s largest expat hub.

The owner of the restaurant is Long Tran, co-founder of Michelin-starred GIA restaurant in Hanoi, and chef Nhat Duy, winner of the James Beard American culinary award.

One of the suggested dishes to try is fried rice with beef pickle and beef stew.

In addition, guests can order grilled giant freshwater prawns, grilled chicken and cassava bread.

It is located at 36 Nguyen Ba Huan Street in Thu Duc City.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Pot au Pho is led by Peter Cuong Franklin, chef and founder of Anan Saigon, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.

The American magazine highlighted that the new restaurant would elevate pho, Vietnam's national dish, to a higher level.

The restaurant has 14 counter seats, a spacious bar and an open kitchen where diners can see the chefs at work inside.

Black chicken pho is a suggestion for customers when coming to the restaurant.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Located on the ninth floor of Le Le Méridien Saigon Hotel near the Saigon River, Akuna Restaurant was opened by award-winning chef Sam Aisbett.

The restaurant has 50 seats where guests are invited to enjoy a six-course menu including Swagman’s bread course as well as saltwater crocodile, broken rice porridge, and Shoyuzuke, where various parts of a locally farmed saltwater crocodile are used and served with a porridge made from Japanese split mochi rice and steamed garlic custard, according to Travel+Leisure.

The restaurant is at 3C Ton Duc Thang Street Ben Nghe Ward.

It is open from 6 p.m.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Located on Le Duan Boulevard in District 1, ST25 by KOTO Restaurant brings a modern touch to Vietnamese cuisine.

Combined by chef Bao La, formerly executive chef at Le Garcon Sai Gon in Hong Kong, and Heath Gordon, former executive chef of Park Hyatt Sai Gon, from Australia, the menu includes creative dishes such as grilled seabass with betel leaves, stir-fried vermicelli with lamb marinated in chao.

The restaurant honors the Vietnamese ST25 rice variety that won the title of "World's Best Rice" in 2019.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Nestled in a quiet neighborhood of Thao Dien, Xao Xac Bar is in a villa with a large garden and open outdoor space.

The bar is hidden at the end of an alley but is a popular destination thanks to its classic cocktail drinks combined with local herbs such as lemongrass, tangerine, and rosemary.

The bar's bartender was rated by the American magazine as "one of the best bartending talents in the city."

It is at 39/5, Street 59, Thao Dien Ward, Thu Duc City.

7 best new restaurants and bars in HCMC

Dot Bar in District 1 boasts a spacious space with bright neon signs.

It serves cocktails including homemade spirits flavored with jackfruit and baby corn. The restaurant is rated "budget friendly." Classic cocktails are priced from VND190,000

During the daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the price of some drinks is reduced to VND99,000.

Meanwhile, the six restaurants and bars above cost US$75 per person.

The bar is at 75 Hai Ba Trung Street.

Photos courtesy of the bars and restaurants

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