When travelers visit Vietnam, high up their list is a traditional home-cooked Vietnamese food meal. For many travelers and locals who take out their visiting friends, Cuc Gach Quan or Secret Garden are their usual spots. A newcomer to the Vietnamese food scene is Ngoc Chau Garden.

Ngoc Chau Garden - Restaurant Review

Ngoc Chau Garden, a traditional home cooking Vietnamese food restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City

Set in a slightly more convenient location with no stairs to climb or having to venture out to the outskirts of District 1, Ngoc Chau Garden is a great option for visitors and locals. The food is solid and the service spot on.

Ngoc Chau Garden - Restaurant Review

Why We Like It

The location. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the immediate Bitexco Tower area for lunch or dinner. Just a two-minute walk from the tower. The prices are fair and I usually don’t spend more than 150,000 to 200,000 VND ($6.5 to $9 USD) for a lunch or dinner. The staff are friendly and attentive. From a food perspective, it’s no better than its competition (Secret Garden, Mountain Retreat, or Cuc Gach Quan). Though the location and not having to walk up a flight of stairs is a nice convenience that puts it a spot higher in my book.

Ngoc Chau Garden - Restaurant Review

Tips for a Better Experience

It’s one of my go-to restaurants because of how simple it is to get a reservation online via Foody.vn.The restaurant can get crowded in the evenings. It ranks high on TripAdvisor (#20) and draws a heavy tourist crowd as a result. It’s best to put down a reservation to make sure you’re not waiting in a queue for dinner.

If you’re a local and looking to save an extra bit, look into going to the restaurant during off-peak hours. You’ll get a small discount for the effort.

Ngoc Chau Garden - Restaurant Review

Need to Know

Location: 116 Hồ Tùng Mậu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Price: $$
Best sellers: fried squid, thit kho tau
X-factor: Easy to find and accessible location compared to the other home cooking Vietnamese restaurant competition
Online: Facebook