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Respond to Review of Tiem Com Chay Phap Hoa I
by JohnnySensible

Review: Very popular mainly vegan "no frills" eating place. This joint has my deep respect - low, low prices - clean enough for me but "beat" looking. Friendly & dedicated crew from 16 to 70+ years of age many of whom are vegan - owned by a lady lawyer - her office entrance is at #198. I never use the menu - I prefer to select from the buffet counter which is continuously being restocked from the kitchen at the rear. Best for breakfasts, lunches & early diners - the selection becomes quite thin after 6 p.m. Instant service - 40+ different traditional Viet Nam style dishes for eating in / take away - has no European style dishes. Seating at shared stainless steel tables / counters. Retail area at the very front left selling mainly vegan snacks / sauces / tinned & packaged "mock meats". Customers are a mix of local office workers / local residents / senior citizens - also many college students eat there every day. Some of the diners may greet you in English to express their wonder & appreciation that you are eating vegetarian food - this really "bugs" some frazzled backpackers who mistakenly connect the friendly innocent approaches with the "street hustlers" in the busier parts of Saigon - if you are not in the mood to talk just give a smile. Landmarks. The towering "Central Park Office Building" is 4 buildings to the left. French style Catholic church with tall pointed spire is one block to the right. Just a few minutes walk from Bui Vien / Pham Ngu Lao across the park.


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