Typical com binh dan place - casual, blue collar. Offers rice plates, noodle soups, daily specials, and a la carte dishes to dine family style. Com van phong/com dia (office lunch/rice plate, includes small bowl of simple soup). Previously at 18A1/4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Take-out, Vietnamese
12L1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dakao, D1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mon-Sun 7:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm

  • Cash only


First Review by Coppelia
  • vegan

Not Good

Posted on 01 / 28 / 2015

I'm sorry to say (really) that this has been my worst meal in Vietnam. It's especially unfortunate because this is one of the only *vegan* restaurants (as opposed to "vegetarian", whatever that means anymore).

The best thing I can say about this food is that it took me back to memories of my old middle school days eating in the school cafeteria. The same sensation of sucking down the food like medicine, rather than enjoying it, was constant throughout my meal. It was the first and only restaurant I ever left food on the plate in Vietnam. I pretended to be sick and just paid my bill and left.

The tomato sauce was just sour ketchup, the mushrooms were slimy and tough, the sauces all seemed like thy came from a can at a discount food pantry, the tofu was disturbingly pink in colour and other-worldly in texture, and the rice tasted like instant box rice. There's not one good thing I can say about the food at Halo, and I really wish that were an exaggeration. I hate to speak ill when they are trying to do the right thing, but they are so far off the mark I can't even pretend.

Pros: Quiet
Cons: Taste, Quality, Freshness
  • mostly-vegetarian

Absolutely must try for a vegetarian

Posted on 02 / 10 / 2014

I have been in Ho Chi Minh for a month now. Just near my place I stay is this small vegetarian restaurant. The place is clean and serve a basic but wonderful vegetarian lunch and noodle soup dishes at night. I have been here like numerous time when I want to have a healthy food. The lunch is a buffet style with numerous offering of about 15 dishes. You can pick or the lady will choose for you. Not much mock meat, but lots of vegetables, tofu and mushrooms. It comes with a bowl of soup for only 25,000d. At night they have numerous noodle dishes that can be order, portion is small but is fresh and tasty.
Pro: Clean, cheap, and taste healthy. Yes, they grill some of their vegatables so not oily.
Con : Place is small and no english menu

  • vegetarian

Great com van phong

Posted on 08 / 07 / 2013

Rice plates are very good; the options change a bit from day to day, and in my many visits, I've yet to be disappointed. Braised jackfruit, stuffed bitter melon, and sauteed chayote squash have been outstanding. They don't use a lot of mock meats but they do use a lot mushrooms, which I'm glad for since I'm very picky about mock meat. Southern Vietnamese food tends to be on the sweet side, but not so here. They have daily noodle soup specials, a couple of which are not common at other veg. restaurants around town (bun moc, for example). They also do hot pots and have an extensive menu of the usual a la carte Vietnamese food fare.

Pros: Food tasty and not too sweet, Decently priced
Cons: No A/C, Can get very crowded


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Last updated: 2014/11/07


Added: 2013/07/27


Added by: Coppelia