Japanese Restaurant Saigon

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Japanese Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

Towa – Japanese Cuisine

  • Address: 28th Floor, Sedona Suites, No.94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., District 1.
  • Opening hours: 11.30 am – 11.00 pm 
  • Price range: NA

For anyone who is fond of fine dining experience, Towa is definitely the best choice. There is no fixed menu at Towa as it may be changed by day or by season, you book the table, you come, and enjoy what the chef offers today. The art of Omakase is represented perfectly here with the skillful talented hands of the chef and high-graded ingredients imported from Japan. To create each exquisite dish here, Towa bought the finest fish and seafood from the famous Toyosu Market in Tokyo and some seasonal fishes from Hokkaido and Nagasaki Bay. Especially, you will never forget the taste of the blue-fin tuna here which is selected carefully from Kochi, Japan. In Towa, only the perfect dishes created from the best ingredients, cook beautifully, and present elegantly can come to the table – all the best for diners. 

Not only the foods, but Towa also focuses on the customer’s experience with beverages. It has a flawless bar that serves amazingly wonderful authentic Japanese cocktails for diners. In addition, don’t forget to have a bottle of Sake here as Towa only provides the best!

The space and view are also highlights of Towa. There is no doubt that this place is the most beautiful Japanese restaurant in Saigon. The restaurant is divided into many zones with different experiences and atmospheres from cozy to spacious, from crowded to private which can fit with each diners’ demand from family or friends gathering to business diners. Also, the view here is stunning as the location of Towa allows you to have panoramic scenery of Saigon from above.

Sorae Restaurant & Lounge

  • Address: 24th – 25th Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11.30 am – 11.00 pm
  • Price range: $3.2 – $282.6

“Sorae” – Above the sky, as its name suggests. It is one of the Japanese restaurants with the most spectacular views and an ideal destination in the heart of Saigon. Located on the 24th and 25th floors of a building in the city center, Sorae is a must-try Japanese restaurant for any gourmet in the heart of the city with the most sophisticated culinary style. This restaurant is the ideal place for diners who want to enjoy unique Japanese culinary experiences and immerse themselves in the cultural beauty of Tokyo right in the magnificent Saigon.

Not only famous for the sashimi with the freshest ingredients both caught in Vietnam and imported directly from the famous Tsukiji and Osaka seafood markets of Japan, but Sorae restaurant also has a Yakitori & Beer Kitchen area, where the chefs make yakitori with equally outstanding ingredients such as Wagyu beef or Angus beef grilled on a fiery red charcoal stove to create the best flavors. In Sorae, the quintessence of Japanese cuisine with each dish is a work of art made from the dedication of more than 20 top chefs.

Sushi Sun Restaurant

  • Address: No.46 Nguyen Cu Trinh St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Price range: $0.8 – $75

If you are finding a Japanese restaurant serving Sashimi and Sushi at reasonable prices, Sushi Sun should be at your top list. The restaurant is not so big but decored in traditional Japanese style with wooden details and comfortable spacious seats. Sushi Sun has a diverse menu with many types of Japanese food such as Otsumami, Sashimi, Maki, Sushi, Age Mono, Men Rui, Kushi Yaki, Sakana Yaki, Gohan, and Nabe. However, as mentioned, the signature here is the Sashimi which is created by daily fresh fish and seafood but not expensive, indeed, compared with its quality, the price is so affordable.

Oedo Alley Restaurant

  • Address: L5-09 Saigon Centre, No.65 Le Loi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 
  • Opening hours: 10.30 am – 10.00 pm
  • Price range: $2.3 – $8.6

Located on the 5th floor of the high-end Saigon Center mall, Oedo Alley welcomes you with a large red gate with an old Edo-style dome and bright, shiny signs. More than a restaurant, Oedo Alley is a “6 in 1” culinary complex with each brand is copyrighted from Japan, serving quality food at prices that “can’t be cheaper”. 

Leaving the flashy and bustling shopping area behind, follow the beautiful girls in Yukata (a Japanese traditional costume) into the world of Oedo Alley, you will see shops with ancient designs using wood as the main material; from the lampposts, lanterns to the model of the ancient castle, all make you feel like you are in a miniature modern version of Edo town. 

In this place, everything that is praised as the quintessence of Japanese cuisine such as Sushi, Ramen, Udon, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, etc. all converge through the presence of 6 famous brands: Sushisen, Ramen Bankara, Tamoya Udon, Tokyo Sundubu, Botejyu, and Gourmet Yatai. With the existence of Oedo Alley, you don’t have to go to Osaka to enjoy Boteiyu pancakes or get to Sanuki to enjoy Tamoya’s Udon, as all the typical world-known Japanese foods can be found here.

Renkon Restaurant Saigon

  • Address: 70/10A Hai Ba Trung St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 5 pm – 12 am
  • Price range: $1.9 – $108.7

The owners named the restaurant “Renkon”, which in Japanese means “lotus’s roots”, to symbolize its deep connection with Vietnamese culture. Renkon was designed by renowned architect Sean Dix, who has designed iconic buildings such as Yardbird and Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong. Renkon’s interiors combine bare concrete with light yellow-brown wood to create a strong impression of raw-wood style. 

Renkon is more like a pub where people can come and hang out with their friends while enjoying delightful foods and drinks (especially alcohol). With a capacity of 72 people on both floors, downstairs is a lively bar space, serving Vietnamese craft beer, wine, sake, soju, Japanese whiskey, and in-house cocktails. The focal point of the upstairs is the white charcoal-grill table, with the menu focused on shared grills, noodles, and other bar snacks. Not only design or food, to show the dynamic spirit of the restaurant, Renkon’s staff also wear street-style uniforms designed by Vans.

“Renkon is more than a restaurant, it’s a work of art,” says Michael Piro, co-founder of Renkon Restaurant.

Sushi Rei Restaurant

  • Address: No.10E1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 5.30 pm – 10 pm
  • Price range: from $150

Sushi Rei is the only restaurant that inherits and fully promotes culinary elements from Masuda Restaurant in Aoyama (Japan). For anyone who is finding a place to have the best Sushi in Saigon, it is not possible to ignore this address as sushi is always the signature. 

In Sushi Rei, they serve Omakase menus which are believed as the most high-end Japanese culinary experience. Each week, the best seasonal fishes are imported directly from Japan. These ingredients are selected by “sushi master” Sawaguchi himself from Tsukiji Market – a famous wholesale market for fresh Japanese seafood. In addition, this restaurant can also provide you with a variety of personalized seafood such as raw oysters, pufferfish, Taraba crab, king crab, lobster, abalone, etc. If you are craving Japanese items, especially sushi, don’t forget to visit Sushi Rei restaurant.

Kissho Restaurant

  • Address: No.14 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
  • Price range: $1.7 – $234.4

Kissho is one of the largest Japanese restaurants with Teppanyaki grills in the city, offering up to 50 seats. Kissho’s teppan chefs are true artists, skilled in every move and performance that makes food dancing on the pan. Waiting in anticipation, listening to the pleasant sizzling sound of food on the hot griddle, inhaling the rich aroma of grilled ingredients, you will fully enjoy your foods with all the senses are satisfied from eyes, ears, to nose, and mouth. At Kissho, you can feel more clearly the characteristic teppanyaki flavor with soft and fragrant meats and seafood mixed in the sauce.

Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

  • Address 1: 139 A-B Nguyen Trai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 2: 40 – 42 Dong Du St., District 1, Ho Chi minh City
  • Address 3: L5-17 Saigon Centre, 67 Le Loi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 4: 172H – 172Q Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 5: 180 Pasteur St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 6: B2-07 Vincom Center Dong Khoi, 72 Le Thanh Ton St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 7: 162 Phan Xich Long St., Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 8: GF-29B Cresent Mall, 101 Ton Dat Tien, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Address 9: LE-05-06, 30B Estella Place, 88 Song Hanh, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 10.30 am – 10.00 pm 
  • Price range: $1.3 – $63.5

This place will bring you a culinary space imbued with the cultural identity and culinary quintessence of the Japanese from design style, decoration to tables and chairs, and the service is a very bold Japanese impression. You will feel the meticulousness and refinement of the Japanese in each dish, bowl, spoon, and chopsticks. Everything is very clean and tidy.

Hokkaido Sachi specializes in sushi and sashimi dishes. Getting here, you will have a chance to taste authentic sushi and sashimi. All ingredients are imported from the beautiful Hokkaido island (Japan) to guarantee the freshness and quality of foods. In addition to the finest seafood, the rice to make sushi is also a factor to make the restaurant name. Rice for cooking in Hokkaido Sachi is imported 100% from Japan. When you put a piece of sushi in your mouth, you will instantly fall for it because of the fresh sweetness of seafood mixed with the fragrant, fatty taste of new rice. After trying sushi in Hokkaido, you will no longer be able to feel where there is a more authentic Sushi taste than that.

Kasen Restaurant 

  • Address: No.101 Le Thi Rieng St., Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm
  • Price range: $2.2 – $56.5

For anyone who has not tried Omakase culinary art, Kasen restaurant is a good choice as it serves Omakase at reasonable prices compared to other famous Japanese restaurants in Saigon. Not just authentic traditional Japanese recipes, there are many modern and fusion dishes available here such as Foie Gras Nigiri, Halibut Sashimi with Truffle Oil, Seafood Ceviche, and Beef Taco. Besides the delicious foods, don’t forget to try the signature Sake menu here included many choices from budget to luxury ones with the most expensive option being around $400/bottle.

Syunkato Restaurant

  • Address: 17 Ngo Van Nam, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening hours: 11 am – 11 pm
  • Price range: $3.2 – $52.2

You will be impressed right at the time you arrive at Syunkato. It is a stunning Japanese restaurant with an excellent design that was created by Atsushi Kawaguchi – a famous Japanese architect. The restaurant got the silver prize at A’ Design Award for its outstanding architecture. Syunkato is not overly decorative; instead, its design focuses on choosing simple and raw materials. The first floor of the restaurant has a bar with a checkout counter, a soba-making area facing the main street, and a kitchen counter. The second floor is a series of dining tables. In order to avoid passing the line of sight between the diners and the feeling of suffocation, wooden partitions of various shapes were also used to ensure comfort.

And most importantly, the cuisine is the centerpiece. Soba noodles are the signature of this restaurant and the inspiration for its design comes from this dish’s characteristics and spirit. It’s a simple dish, but it has a very long history and carries a deep meaning. Besides Soba, Syunkato also scores with its fresh sashimi, sushi, and also its luxury Omakase menu with delicate dishes.

Sushi Tei

Sushi Tei serves delicious foods from Japanese cuisine made from fresh ingredients, helping you to have a perfect meal with your loved ones.

Launched in 1994, Sushi Tei has a diverse menu of more than 300 dishes, with a variety of sushi made from fresh ingredients. In addition, Sushi Tei also serves seasonal menus, lunch sets and party menus if you need. Besides, the restaurant also has a sushi line with technology from Singapore, bringing guests beautifully decorated and delectable dishes.

Address: 200A Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City & 26 Cao Thang Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.sushiteivietnam.com/
Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/sushi.tei.vietnam/
Phone: (028) 6284 1188 & (028) 6673 0088
Price range: 300,000 - 350,000 VND
Description: Reservations, VIP Rooms, Tatami Rooms, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

Ichiba Sushi

Ichiba Sushi, one of the best restaurants in Saigon, with sashimi made from fresh ingredients will bring you memorable moments to enjoy Japanese cuisine.

If you are looking for a restaurant in Saigon to enjoy Japanese cuisine, then Ichiba Sushi is a good pick. Ichiba Sushi is a Japanese restaurant in Saigon, impressing diners with luxurious and classy space and the best service.

The restaurant owns a diverse menu, combining the traditional and modern of Japanese cuisine, giving diners a unique experience.

  • Address: 443/56A Dien Bien Phu Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Opening Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/ichiba.sushi.vietnam/
  • Website: http://ichihanasushi.vn/
  • Phone: 0888 741 007
  • Price Range: 200,000 – 600,000 VND
  • Description: Traditional Japanese Foods, Sushi, Rice Rolls, Vegetarian Options, Vegan Options, Ramen, Salad, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

Gyu Shige

Gyu Shige serves grilled dishes with Yakiniku traditional style, bringing you juicy dishes

As one of the few Japanese restaurants in Saigon serving grilled dishes with Yakiniku traditional style, Gyu Shige has wooed diners with a menu that balances meat, fish, seafood and fresh green vegetables.

Gyu Shige’s dishes are marinated with their special recipe, ensuring absolute satisfaction of diners. Fresh ingredients and beef are imported directly from the USA.

  • Address and Phone:
  • L5-16, Saigon Centre, 67 Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – (028) 3 821 8958
  • 183A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – (028) 3 925 3368
  • 6A Tran Hung Dao Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – (028) 3 821 3027 & (028) 3 821 3327
  • Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/gyushigenguuphonvn/
  • Website: http://gyushige.com.vn/
  • Price range: 100,000 – 350,000 VND
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Grill
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
  • Description: Grill, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available

Yume Sushi Restaurant

Yume Sushi Restaurant serves traditional Japanese cuisine in a warm space at an affordable price, suitable for any type of people.

As one of the few Japanese restaurants in Saigon designed in a cozy family style, Yume Sushi Restaurant is also an outstanding name that you can come to whenever you want to enjoy Japanese cuisine.

The restaurant is designed in an open space with outdoor and indoor areas, including a dining area arranged right at the cold cut fish counter, so you can both enjoy the food and examine the fascinating food preparation process.

A plus point of Yume Sushi Restaurant is that the menu is extremely diverse with dishes of traditional Japanese cuisine, such as sushi, sashimi, udon, rolls and rice rolls. In addition, the enthusiastic chef at the fish cutting counter will recommend the most suitable dishes for each kind of seafood.

Address: 81 Ho Hao Hon Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/yumerestaurant2017/
Phone: 0966 077 168 & 0933 939 111
Price Range: 50,000 - 300,000 VND
Descriptions: Traditional Japanese Foods, Sushi, Sashimi, Udon, Rolls, Reservatión, Seating, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service

Ebisu Restaurant

Ebisu is our special date night type of restaurant yet still at a reasonable price.

The menu has over 300 items so it can be overwhelming. This place is well known for its homemade udon as there are over 20+ options to try. Order a few bowls for everyone at your table to enjoy.

We’ve had the kitsune (tofu puffs), beef gristle curry, natto (fermented soybeans), and more.

If you’re a sushi lover, try the 10-piece sushi nigiri moriawase at 298,000 VND ($13 USD). It’s our favorite dish as it comes with salmon, tuna, fish eggs, tamago, other delicious nigiri, and freshly grated wasabi. You can’t beat the quality of fish – so fresh that it melts in your mouth like butter. Each slice of fish is the right size and not too thick.

No need to go to Toyotsu Market in Tokyo when this place is just as good.

Multiple Locations Available:

  • District 1 Location: 2A Chu Mạnh Trinh, Phường Bến Nghé, District 1 (Opening soon)
  • Thu Duc Location: 66 Song Hành, Khu đô thị An Phú An Khánh, Thủ Đức (District 2)

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, try the seaweed salad, vegetarian maki sushi, vegetable topped udon, tofu, natto, etc. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: Yes

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Sushi Nhi

Sushi Nhi is where we go to satisfy our sushi craving at affordable prices. While the fish quality doesn’t compare to Ebisu, it has pretty good sushi and sashimi. When you’re seated, you get a small dish of kimchi as an appetizer.

The menu has a variety of foods besides sushi, such as curry, grilled meats, and more.

Our favorites include the salmon belly sashimi (order 1-2 servings during your initial order as they often sell out early), seared salmon and tuna nigiri, vegetable tempura (ask for tempura sauce or you’ll get a sriracha mayo type sauce), and dragon roll. All of this for around 350,000 VND ($15 USD) for two and a full belly.

Tip: The restaurant gets crowded during dinner time. Either make a reservation, come early, be flexible with sitting at the bar, or wait over 30 minutes for a table.

Multiple Locations Available:

  • Binh Thanh Location: 21 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phường 19, Bình Thạnh District
  • Thu Duc Location: 210 Đường Trần Não, P. Bình An, Thủ Đức (District 2)

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, the menu has an icon for vegetarian options. Try the vegetable or avocado rolls and maki and salads. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Curry Shika

Curry Shika is a small, local restaurant down a hidden alleyway that serves tasty curry. The curry sauce tastes “homey” and is more peppery than other places that we’ve been to which gives it a unique flavor.

Try the curry with hamburg (Japanese beef patty) or the vegetable curry. You can even try the natto if that’s to your liking. The meal comes with a small side salad and pickles.

During lunchtime, the meal has a complimentary lemon iced tea or coffee.

The price for the curry is between 100,000 VND – 180,000 VND ($4.30 – $7.80 USD) depending on what you order.

The desserts are also good at Curry Shika. The mizu shingen mochi looks like a giant water drop and oh so pretty. While you’re waiting for your meal, check out their impressive manga library.

Address: 1/4 Nguyễn Văn Tráng, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, try the vegetable or natto curry.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash only

Coco Ichibanya

Established in 1978, this famous Japanese curry chain restaurant has fans worldwide.

Located in Landmark 81, the tallest building in Vietnam, this is the first Coco Ichibanya to open in Vietnam. If we don’t want to head to District 1 to Curry Shika, this place provides our curry fix.

Choose your curry type, rice amount, spiciness level (spicy level 2 and 3 is enough spice for us to sweat), and toppings (if desired). Unfortunately, this place doesn’t serve hamburg even though it’s listed on a sign in the restaurant.

We’ve been to Coco Ichibanya in Seoul, South Korea, Japan, and the flavors are consistent with the Vietnam store.

Prices for the curry are between 100,000 VND – 150,000 VND ($4.30 – $6.50 USD) depending on what you order. 

Multiple Locations Available:

  • Binh Thanh Location: Landmark 81, Second Floor, 208 Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Vinhomes Tân Cảng, Bình Thạnh District 
  • District 1 Location: 13 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, try various vegetable curries and/or natto curry. The menu has a full page dedicated to veggie options.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Mutsumian (Yuugatei)

During my layover in Narita, I thought I had delicious grilled eel (unagi) until I went to Mutsumian (also called Yuugatei). This Japanese restaurant has the best unagi ever!

The simplest and must-have item on the menu is the unaju (unagi over rice and in a box) where you can choose a large (500,000 VND) or small size (250,000 VND). The charbroiled eel isn’t too fatty and has the perfect amount of unagi sauce when placed over the rice. We always eat every grain of rice soaked in the magical drippings of the fresh grilled unagi.

The meal comes with the daily special side appetizers such. No two consecutive days are the same. Also included are fried eel bones, edamame, pickles, and eel soup. 

The menu has expanded to include sashimi, sushi, tempura, grilled appetizers, and more. We love eating the sushi nigiri sets here and the fish quality is fresh.

If this place is crowded, you may wait over 30 minutes for the unagi. However, it’s well worth the wait.

Address: Hẻm 15A Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, but very limited. You’ll have mostly appetizer type dishes and salad.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: Yes

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted


To be honest, we’re not beer drinkers. Why would we recommend an izakaya restaurant which is known to serve alcohol and izakaya-style snack foods? Because the food is amazing here!

Located off of a quiet street in the Binh Thanh district, Ateya serves a variety of food from delicious udon to sashimi.

One of the steller items on the menu is the Nagasaki champon. The deeply flavored noodle soup comes with vegetables, pork, seafood, and ramen. If you don’t want soup, they also have a fried noodles version that is just as good. 

Another of our favorites is the (Hiroshima style) okonomiyaki with layers of cabbage, seafood, noodles, and crispy rice. The okonomiyaki has meat in it but we request it without meat. The flavors are complex with each layer of ingredients and topped with okonomiyaki sauce. It’s one of the best okonomiyaki that we’ve eaten. 

You’ll get some privacy when dining as each table has a partitioned area.

Prices for dishes range start at 130,000 VND ($5.60 USD).

Address: 50, Mê Linh, Phường 19, Bình Thạnh District

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, but limited. You can have natto omelet and wakame soba (seaweed soba noodles) or request no meat in the dishes.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: Yes

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted


If you’re a relapsing carnivore, come to Gyumaru. You’ll get your fix of wagyu steak and hamburg on a sizzling platter. Choose your size of hamburg size, sides, and sauces. The LL size combo pictured below has a 250g Wagyu ribeye and a 270g hamburg. This meal is a bit on the pricier side.

If you’re on a budget, some of the cheaper options include going with American beef instead of Wagyu, burgers, and curries starting at 110,000 VND ($4.75 USD).

Vegetarians and vegans should avoid this place as there aren’t any options. The vegetable curry has beef chunks in the curry sauce.

Address: 8/3 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: No, unless you want the corn puff pastry soup in the appetizer section. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Miyama Cafe

Located in Saigon Center, Miyama Cafe provides a contemporary twist to Japanese cuisine. The open seating and natural sunlight provide a calm and relaxing ambiance during lunchtime.

Try the lunch menu which has beautifully presented sets (similar to kaiseki style.) We recommend sets with kobe beef or sea bass which is around 300,000 VND ($13 USD). 

The main stars of this place are the desserts and drinks.

Even though the dessert menu changes often, the popular dessert is the matcha millecrepe. With over 30 crepe layers with matcha cream in between, it’s a piece of heaven. Each slice is 118,000 VND ($5 USD) which is a bit pricier, yet worth it! Miyama usually runs out of the millecrepe after 7:30pm so you must get there early to enjoy this dessert.

We also like the earl grey souffle and an avocado (avocado ice cream in an avocado shape) dessert.

Top off your meal or dessert with colorful fruit drinks such as purple dragon fruit, mango juice, or the Serbia cherry (one of our favorites!)

Address: Saigon Center, L3-01, 65 Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, check out the menu for veggie options. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Morico Modern Japanese Restaurant

We’re in matcha dessert heaven. Morico has plenty of tasty Japanese desserts, especially if you love matcha.

From mochi, matcha chocolate lava cake to matcha shaved ice, you’ll want to try everything on the menu. The desserts are on the sweeter side.

There are other non-matcha desserts and seasonal desserts as well. The matcha or hojicha (roasted green tea) lattes and juices are also good. Desserts start at 80,000 VND ($3.45 USD). 

If you don’t fancy dessert, meal options are available such as sushi.

Multiple Locations Available: Around District 1, Binh Thanh, and District 7. Check out Facebook below for the current locations.

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, desserts are vegetarian-friendly. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Pizza 4Ps

Japanese food meets Italian food. With over a dozen locations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Danang, Pizza 4Ps is one of the top pizza joints in Vietnam.

Established in 2011, its mission is to “Delivering Wow, Sharing Happiness” and exceed it with its warm hospitality.

One of the unique things about the history of Pizza 4Ps is that the Japanese owners couldn’t find fresh mozzarella cheese in Vietnam so they decided to make their own to use in their restaurants. Now they have a cheese-making studio at Don Duong, which is one hour from Dalat. We can say that the cheese brings together the flavors of the pizza.

Delve into the unique pizza toppings such as salmon sashimi, smoked cheese spicy seafood, and chả cá Hanoi (fried fish famous in Hanoi). The toppings may sound weird, but they’re heavenly. If you want to try the burrata cheese, try it ham or anchovies.

Vegetarian pizzas are available. The vegetarian Four Flowers pizza is our favorite and a must try with the tonkin flowers and other edible flowers toppings. It’s only available in Ho Chi Minh City.

If you don’t want to commit to one choice for the whole pizza, we recommend the half and half combo. Pick two choices and each will come in half of the pizza. You can try more pizza flavors this way.

Pizza cost is between 150,000-300,000 VND ($6.50-$13).

Tip: It’s recommended to have a reservation if you’re dining at popular times and/or have a large group.

Multiple locations available: There 12 locations throughout Ho Chi Minh City. Stay up to date with the locations here

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, plenty of vegetarian pizzas available. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Ittou Ramen

Where is the best place for ramen? It’s a difficult question since ramen is a personal choice, just like pizza. There are different flavors of the broth such as chicken, miso, pork, and seafood.

We’ve tried a variety of ramen shops and one that stands out to us is Ittou Ramen. This unassuming, tiny shop is located in the same alleyway as Pizza 4Ps on Le Thanh Ton. 

The menu has ramen and tsukemen (dipping ramen). You can get a standard Hakata-style ramen (from Fukuoka area) with toppings such as chashu and soft boiled egg. Spicy shrimp ramen is also available (and what we usually order). 

As with the tsukemen, the broth is made with a tonkotsu soup (pork bones) and seafood sauce. Since it has a more seafood flavor, it’s very flavorful. 

Choose the firmness of the noodles from soft to very hard. We prefer the noodles to be more al dente, especially as the noodles will continue cooking in the soup. You can also add extra noodles to your order. 

Once you’re done eating, you can also add wari broth (lighter dashi soup) to your leftover tsukemen broth. It’ll give the broth some extra flavor and lessen the saltiness.  

Expect to pay around 150,000-180,000 VND ($6.50-$7.80) for each bowl of ramen and tsukemen.

If you’re a local, you can get a stamp card. After 10 orders of ramen, you earn a free bowl of ramen. 

Address: 8 8Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: No

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Quon Restaurant

If you like soba and tempura, then you need to visit Quon Restaurant. This place is located on a second level in an alleyway in the Japantown area of Le Thanh Ton. 

This place has some delicious fresh soba and tendon (tempura with a bowl of rice). It’s hard to decide what to get since everything looks delicious. 

You must order the soba. The cold soba is springy and isn’t overcooked. It’s the best soba that we’ve eaten in Ho Chi Minh City. The soba can be eaten by itself with dipping sauce, tempura, or with natto (the flavor and texture isn’t for everyone but it’s yummy here). 

The popular dish is the tendon. We like to get the highly recommended entree is the Quon Tempura Bowl. It has tempura shrimp, veggies, chicken, conger eel, and seaweed on top of a bowl of rice. This hearty meal comes with miso soup, salad, and steamed egg (to add to the rice later).

We think this place has one of the best tempuras. The tempura batter is not the typical one used at other Japanese restaurants. The tempura is on the crunchier side and doesn’t get soggy as time continues. The seaweed tempura has so much umami flavor and is one of our favorite items about this dish. 

There are other variations of the tempura bowl based on your preference. A chicken tempura bowl costs 100,000 VND ($4.40) while the Quon tempura bowl is 150,000 VND ($6.50). It’s so affordable and you will get full after eating everything. 

Address: 5b1 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, there is a vegetable tempura dish and soba with veggie tempura.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash only

Fujiro Restaurant

Fujiro is a popular spot to order tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet). 

The typical tonkatsu set comes with rice, soup, and cabbage. If you eat the set meal, you will receive a bowl with sesame seeds and a pestle. You get the chance to smash the sesame seeds and pour the tonkatsu sauce (one of the condiments on the table) and use the combo as a tonkatsu dipping sauce.

You can also have the tonkatsu in curry or as a katsudon (with egg on top of rice). 

One of the best parts about the tonkatsu is the crunchy batter and the tender pork cutlet.  The portions are hardy so you won’t leave this place hungry. 

If you don’t eat tonkatsu, the menu has side dishes and a few grilled fish dishes such as salmon and saba (mackerel). We tried a saba meal set but it was okay. There are other places in Japantown that make better saba. 

The cost of a meal will be around 120,000-180,000 VND ($5.25-$7.80). 

Multiple Locations Available: 

  • District 1 Location: 8A/5B1 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, District 1
  • District 7 Location: 32 Đường số 6, Tân Phong, District 7

Vegetarian-friendly: No. There are a few vegetarian side items, but mostly meat-based. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash only

Wakana Japanese Restaurant

This unassuming Japanese restaurant is located in the back part of Japantown’s residential area. It’s a bit hidden as it’s located behind the Yuugatei Mutsumian restaurant. (We wrote about this restaurant above.)

The taste is more home-style Japanese food, yet it has some delicious but izakaya-style foods and set meals. 

We like to get the salted grilled saba meal (saba shioyaki). It comes with a generous piece of saba (mackerel), miso soup, side dishes, and rice. The fish is cooked perfectly.   

There are also lots of other items on the menu such as sushi, soba, udon, curry, and izakaya snacks. 

Expect to pay from 140,000-260,000 VND ($6.00-$11.20) for a meal. 

Address: 15a/32 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, there are a few dishes that are vegetarian.

Smoking in restaurant allowed: Yes

Payment: Credit card and cash accepted

Suizan Sagami

Suizan Sagami is a small Japanese restaurant serving udon, soba, tonkatsu, and tempura. They’re known for having set meals. If you visit the District 1 location, you can see the food replicas of what is served in front of the restaurant. 

The udon is a popular dish here as there aren’t a lot of places in Ho Chi Minh City serving udon. The udon can be hot or cold. We’ve had the udon with salmon. 

The tonkatsu set is a best seller and is very large. You’ll want to be hungry to eat this! 

As you know, soba is one of our favorite noodles and Suizan Sagami does a good job with it. The cold soba is yummy and is springy. We had it with tempura and the tempura batter is average. We wish the tempura had more crunch, but it’s the style here. 

At the Takashimaya Basement level, Suizan Sagami serves mostly ramen and noodles. We haven’t tried this location yet, but it’s usually full whenever we pass by. 

Multiple Locations Available:

  • District 1 Locations:
    • 29 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé, District 1
    • Saigon Centre/Takishimaya, B2 Floor, 65 Đ. Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1
  • Go Vap Location: Lotte Mart, 242 Nguyễn Văn Lượng, Phường 10, Gò Vấp District

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes, there are a few dishes that are vegetarian such as udon without the soup. 

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit card accepted

Sushi Wagao 

We love finding affordable and delicious sushi and Sushi Wagao needs to be on your must-try list. 

The sushi quality is fresh and tastes better than what you would find at Sushi Nhi. It’s not slathered with spicy mayo sauce like other places. 

We enjoy the toro (fatty salmon), hamachi (yellowtail), aburi salmon (seared salmon), and aburi hotate (seared scallops). Each order (comes in two pieces unless otherwise stated) is around 37,000-72,000 VND ($1.60-$3.10). 

If you like mochi, try the mochi tempura. It’s so yummy with the batter and the chewiness of the mochi. The dish came with four pieces and we wish there were more! 

The menu is extensive and has plenty of options that are not sushi such as tempura, grilled foods, noodles, and more. The lunch special meal sets are also popular here. 

Tip: On the weekends and evenings, consider calling to make a reservation. It can get crowded. 

Address: 41B Đường Tôn Thất Tùng, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit card accepted

Sushi Tiger

If you’ve been to Japan, then you’ve seen the standing sushi bars at the subway stations. Sushi Tiger is a new standing sushi place in District 1’s Japanese area. You stand either inside or outside (there is a ledge along the outside of the store). 

This place has Japanese and English translated signs on the walls of all of the sushi offered. Don’t worry, there is also a menu which has pictures. 

As a heads up, this place charges per piece instead of two pieces per order. Therefore, it can get pricey if many orders are added. 

Yet, if you’re stopping by here for a quick snack and eating a second meal afterward, then it can be an affordable place to get your sushi fix. 

You can’t go wrong with any of the choices. Some of the highlights include any of the tunas (the o-toro is delicious), ika (squid), and grilled hirame (flatfish). There is soy sauce already brushed on top of the sushi, but you can use more soy sauce if needed. 

This place is only open in the evenings and closed on Sundays. 

Address: 15B/12A Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé, District 1 (Look for the yellow building made out of yellow plastic crates)

Vegetarian-friendly: No

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit card accepted

Basement Level of Takashimaya/Saigon Centre Shopping Mall

Technically, this is not a restaurant. Yet the basement level of the Takashimaya/Saigon Centre shopping mall has numerous kiosks and small stores that sell Japanese food and snacks. Our favorites include:

  • Azabu Sabo: One of the best places to enjoy iced matcha floats on a hot afternoon. Or, try the two-scoop ice cream on a square cone. Choose from the seasonal flavors or the popular matcha and black sesame.
  • Yamazaki Bakery: Thank goodness we don’t live nearby here or we’ll stop by this bakery every day. You’ll find fresh baked goods (sweet and savory) that are replenished consistently throughout the day. We love the red bean filled baked bun.
  • Suizan Sugami: We mentioned this place above.

Address: Basement Level, 65 Lê Lợi, Bến Nghé, District 1

Vegetarian-friendly: Yes

Smoking in restaurant allowed: No

Payment: Cash and credit cards accepted

Isushi Buffet – Le Quy Don

Crispy shrimp, grilled herring, oysters, or sushi and sashimi will satisfy your craving for Japanese food. However, the food here is served a little long, so you have to wait hard to enjoy the freshest taste.

Isushi is recommended for dating large groups of people because the space is wide and airy, so there are many table areas for you to choose.

When coming here, diners will be able to enjoy delicious fresh-baked dishes at affordable prices.

Address: 13 Le Quy Don, Ward 6, District 3

Butasama BBQ

Butasama is a right Japanese BBQ restaurant from the space to how to marinate the food. The area in Butasama is not too spacious, and they grill food by charcoal, but many Japanese customers love it because it is similar to the Japanese party.

The dish is heavily marinated. Besides, there is also horumon – the typical Japanese barbecue. Just adding sake is excellent as well.

Address: 19D Ky Dong, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Sushi Haru

Haru Sushi restaurant is located on Phan Xich Long Street, although it has only been in operation for a year. Still, compared to other Japanese restaurant Saigon, Haru Sushi has a relatively low price along with the high quality.

You can choose Haru Sushi for simple dating or group meetings with close friends to enjoy a sushi party and affordable sashimi sets.

Address: 398 Phan Xich Long, Ward 2, Phu Nhuan District

Sushi Dining Aoi

Located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Sushi Dining AOI is one of the best Japanese restaurant Ho Chi Minh.

Having both experienced Vietnamese and Japanese chefs, the restaurant proudly presents traditional Japanese cuisine to its customers.

The menu includes a variety of Japanese dishes such as Sashimi, Sushi, lunch menu, desserts, soups, and ramen.

Besides, by using ingredients imported from Japan and undergoing strict processing, the restaurant is committed to providing customers with the most hygienic and delicious dishes.

Address: 53-55 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, Ward 6, District 3

Pachi Pachi

Following the style of grilled hot pot, this restaurant offers diners completely new experiences from how to marinate spices to enjoy food.

Pachi Pachi gives a wide range of choices with a variety of ingredients like grilled beef, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, squid, oysters, ostriches… They are carefully selected to bring the freshness and safety for customers.

Besides, the dishes are delicately marinated with a lot of Japanese-branded sauces like Teriyaki, spicy sauce, BBQ sauce…, which helps diners have exciting taste experiences.

Address: 52 Mac Dinh Chi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

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