Ba Minh

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

4 Han Thuyen, Hue, Vietnam

Small and simple house-restaurant located at the far eastern end of the street that starts east of the Imperial Citadel, right in front of the Hong Nga Vegetarian Restaurant. Rice dishes start from VND 10,000. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Vietnamese

8 Reviews

First Review by Andy_G

lovely restaurant, lovely owner - Edit

a local true restaurant, with good food and a kind old man, he brought us in the kitchen to show us all the different dishes available and everything was very very good and tasty.
Hope to go there again

Pros: good food, cheap price, kind owner

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Great little place serving locals - Edit

This is a small restaurant selling vegetarian food for locals. I was invited into the kitchen and showed what was available. Some sour soup and rice with vegetables, tofu and some fake meat. Some hot Vietnamese tea helped wash it down. The food was delicious. And they brought out seconds.

Very friendly despite almost no English spoken. Google Translate could come in handy. And it all cost 15,000 VND - next to nothing. I'll be back.

Pros: Delicious local food for next to no cost

Cons: Very little English so be a risk taker and jump in

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Are you a culture seeker? Or just want to grab an easy bite? - Edit

If you prefer having a clear channel of communication and a standard menu, this will not suit you at all. It feels more like a canteen serving a part of the Buddhist community. We arrived at lunchtime famished from a grueling walk through the Imperial Palace complex. Everyone there was warm and welcoming. And don't worry, this is not proselytizing. They wouldn't even think of such a thing.

The man who greeted us gestured across the patio and we realized that we were going one step further than pointing at pictures. We were in the kitchen and our newly adopted grandma ladled our choices onto the plate. The food is tasty but not conceived for elegant presentation. That being said, this experience was what I prize about the way we travel. It was unpretentious, delicious home cooked vegan food. And at a price where you might feel tempted to wash some dishes in gratitude.

Tip 1: It would be shameful to waste food in the ethos of a community like this. So if they bring you into the kitchen as they did with us, make sure you don't accept more food than you can reasonably consume. They are far too gracious to even furrow an eyebrow if you leave something on your plate. But they can't vouch for your karma.

Tip 2: Use Google Translate to look up the Vietnamese equivalent of "delicious." You'll be returning the warmth to your hosts and making the day more special for all concerned.


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Very tasty - Edit

The food was very good and the people running the restaurant are very nice. We tried different things from the menu and liked all of them. There's no menu in English but everybody was very nice and tried to explain the different dishes.

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Tasty home cooking, super value - Edit

In the typical style of Vietnamese vegetarian restaurants, they serve a rice dish stacked with assorted veg and tofus. There was a good selection of other options such as rolls, though I didn't try these. The food was tasty, I particularly enjoyed the different textures and sauces to the tofu. And it is incredibly good value, the rice dish was priced at twelve thousand (I managed to pay a bit more) but would be good value at twice that.

Now however that they have a limited drink selection. Just some fizzy drinks and Vietnamese tea.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap , Homely ambience

Cons: No English menu, Limited drink selection

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Amazing local food - Edit

Ba Minh is definitely of the best vegetarian restaurants we tried in Vietnam. The food is delicious and home-made by an old Vietnamese guy. The restaurant itself is part of his house! He doesn't speak any English but he'll let you in the kitchen and show you what he cooked that day. We also had second servings, of rice, tofu and the typical rice cakes of Hue and in the end we just payed 120.000 dong for a lot of food!
A must-visit in Hue if you want to try something absolutely typical and off the main touristic routes. Bring your own bottled water because when we went there wasn't any!

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cheap and friendly, but strictly Vietnamese - Edit

The eating space is in the garden and on the roofed terasse of a regular house. All people cooking and serving were past 60, and the dish (which I got based on their recommendation) was what you expect from cheap Vietnamese food, though a bit bland. The staff was exceptionally nice and communicative however, and tried to find a point of contact even without being able to speak a single word in a language common to us. I left with the impression that this place has been running for decades without any change.

Pros: friendly, cheap

Cons: bland, Vietnamese only

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A friendly, family run 'local' place. - Edit

We ate here today after walking down the street listed as having 3 veggie restaurants on it. All 3 restaurants are here, and the pins/addresses Happy Cow has for them are correct.

The one opposite here was closed (1.30pm) and the one further up the street dfidn't seem to be open either. On arrival here (third time lucky!) it was silent with nobody around, but a lady came out and gestured for us to sit down (no English spoken). The menu is in Vietnamese, so she invited us into the kitchen to look at the vegetables, tofu & mock meats on offer where we pointed at what we wanted. A decent sized portion of rice with some veg and tofu cost 15,000 dong. The food was nice, nothing spectacular but the standard you would expect from a real 'local' place.

If you are a clean freak then you may not like it here, it is a little 'rustic' but the food was fine and cheap if you are on a budget, and I feel that's the most important thing while travelling!

Pros: Cheap, Freindly staff/family

Cons: Vietnamese menu, Cleanliness

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