Also known as Buddha Garden, move to this space in 2019. Extensive menu offering all the ususal Vietnamese dishes like rice noodle soup, stir fries, bahn mi, and spring rolls. Also serves veggie burgers and fries. Relocated from 245 Nui Ngoc, Cat Hai, Hai Phong. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm. Closes earlier sometimes.

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82 Reviews

First Review by HollieHarwood


Points +133

26 Apr 2023

Mango smoothie

Came here twice. Fast service, very quiet (good to do work). I liked the curry set meal more than my noodles and my husband loved the huge burger. Highlight both times was the mango soy milk smoothie - delicious and smooth! Staff don’t speak English but we have google translate haha

Pros: Price, Smoothie, Portions

Cons: Not the best meal in the world



Points +470

06 Apr 2023

Monks eat there 😜

That‘s what they say on the menu and we actually saw three 🙂🙃🙂.
The food was very, very good!
We both had noodle soups, one with glassnoodles, one with ricenoodles.
Both great and very fresh!
After that we had a smoothie: fresh mango and soymilk! Great too!
Nice staff!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Soymilk


Points +385

02 Apr 2023

Good place

Good food, very friendly owner.

The new location is a bit more on the east side of the lac.

The hot pot is great!


Points +24

28 Mar 2023

Friendly place good food

Great vegan and gluten-free options. Owner is lovely and made us feel welcome. Really enjoyed the food (the curry is great!) and had great coffee.


Points +7654

14 Mar 2023

Good simple food

Not entirely sure we got what we ordered but got nice enough Vietnamese food- simple and wholesome. Both were very garlicky, which we liked but may not be to everyone’s taste.


Points +312

11 Mar 2023

Food disappointing

Located in a quieter part of the town, it seems to be the only fully vegetarian restaurant which is why it's disappointing that the food wasn't that good!
The tofu we ordered to start with was really watery and soggy. My pasta was okish as was my partner's burger. Maybe we made the mistake of ordering western food and maybe the Vietnamese dishes would have been better.

Pros: Only fully vegetarian place on island

Cons: Food not great


Points +105

05 Mar 2023

Full Belly

Nice atmosphere and fully vegetarian menu

Pros: Vegetarian restaurant without meat, Nice ambience

Cons: Taste of the dishes was ok , The spring rolls were greasy.


Points +111

30 May 2022

Not there anymore

We went in May 2022, and the restaurant is not there anymore


06 Apr 2023


Points +60

26 Feb 2020

Nice food and friendly staff

We went there twice in our two days stay in Cat Ba and the food was both times yummy, fresh, hot and came really fast. The first time we had the vegan Hamburger which was tasty, the bun was fresh and cross and the veggie patty was also good (only downpoint was that we just got 9 french fries, but we are in asia right ;)) the second time we got the curry dish and a noodle soup which were also super good with lots of fresh veggies. Def recommend going there, its good value for a fair price.


Points +109

25 Feb 2020

terrible burger

terrible burger!!


Points +36

23 Feb 2020

Amazing food and drinks. Super great

Super delicious curry of the day for 50k 💯 😍

Pros: Amazing fresh juices


Points +86

12 Feb 2020

The best vegan burger I've ever eaten!

The restaurant is so lovely and cosy and calm, the menu is great and there's so many options! I had the vegan burger 2 nights in a row because its the tastiest burger I've ever had...seriously try it! The owner is nice and friendly and the service is really quick.

Pros: So many options, all cheap and delicious!


Points +644

09 Feb 2020

Cute spot/good menu

Great location near city center with extensive menu in English. Decided on the veggie burger as I had been craving one over the last couple of weeks of traveling through Vietnam— it was tasty! Also chose the Vietnamese coffee with soy milk.

Pros: Food location, Extensive menu


Points +510

05 Feb 2020


Fab little restaurant away from the main restaurants. Lovely vegan burgers. Really tasty, delicious and filling. Comes with a few chips, but the burger is so filling you only need a few! Relaxing vibe with nice decor and soft music playing. Staff was super friendly. Lots of choices at good prices. Could eat here every day.

Pros: Very tasty, Lovely ambiance , Good prices


Points +15

01 Feb 2020

Very impressed

The food was very good. The burger was amazing and the staff we're exceptionally friendly too. Very happy with the place.

Pros: Good portions, Nice staff, Relaxed atmisphere


Points +1515

25 Jan 2020

Decent Food

Food was cheap and decent. They were short staffed (probably due to Tet), so everything took a long time, otherwise overall it was a great place to eat.


Points +113

07 Jan 2020

Great place in small Cat Ba with vegan options!

Vegetarian restaurant with some vegan options on the menu, e.g. burger (which was good but nothing special). They also have a meal of the day option, which is vegan and was very nice. It serves rice with different veggies in a nice curry sauce and you also get a soup with it. The pumpkin soup was really amazing. The price is affordable (50k for the meal of the day) and they have quite big portions. Although there could be more vegan options and it also could be marked on the menu clearly, asit is quite hard to communicate with the staff. However the staff is very friendly and we also got some additional soup for free.

Pros: Affordable price, Nice and friendly staff, Delicious Meal of the day

Cons: Sometimes hard to communicate with staff, Vegan options could be marked clearly


Points +611

03 Jan 2020

Went back 3 times!

This place has insanely good food. The atmosphere is lovely and I went back 3 times because I loved the food so much. The noodle soup and burger are both very impressive and decent portion sizes. Smoothies with soy milk available which isn't as common in Vietnam. Definitely recommend and it's very good value for money!


Points +150

24 Dec 2019

Simple food

Had the meal of the day(d50 000). It was ok but nothing special. Just different kind of veggies and tofu in a mild curry sauce with rice plus a curry flavored soup. Fresh juice was nice though.
Fairly priced. Don't expect too much.

Pros: Only vegetarian restaurant in town. , They serve alcohol.

Cons: Food was a little boring and tasteless.


Points +76

13 Dec 2019


Exquisito local, muy grato ambiente y el personal es un amor
La sopa es realmente exquisita 😍

Pros: Opciones veganas


Points +268

11 Dec 2019

Amazing food ☺️

Came here with 3 friends who aren’t even vegetarian and they all loved it! I had the veggie burger which was amazing 😊 the owner is lovely and very friendly. Would definitely recommend!

Pros: Lovely tasty food, Inexpensive, Close to main road


Points +697

10 Dec 2019

Moved to different location!

Really nice restaurant. We went to the old location on the last day they were open and got sandwiches for lunch take away the day after in the new location. Both really nice experiences. Good food, good prices and nice staff! Spoked with the owner which is a really nice guy! Definitely go here when you are in cat Ba!!

Pros: Everything

Cons: None


Points +331

09 Dec 2019

Great veggie restaurant

Not sure if there’s now two Buddha belly restaurants but we went to one at a different location to the one advertised here. Maybe they have moved? Really good food, cheap and affordable. Great to support a veggie restaurant on an island of seafood. Didn’t get the burger but it looked amazing!!


Points +18

01 Dec 2019

Best veg burger on the island

A little out of the Main Street but worth the journey, great value for money and the burger is big and tastes great! Staff are also super friendly. They will be moving closer to the centre very soon.

Pros: Cheap , Tastes good , Friendly staff


Points +380

22 Nov 2019


I really admire the determination of this family to open a fully vegetarian restaurant in an island where so many people come for the seafood, it is not easy! But the service was fast and everything we tried was good. The curry set meal had very little curry sauce, only on the potatoes, but it was very filling, healthy and tasty.
The burger was amazing! Huge and filling for that price (probably cheapest veg burger on the island), one level with a mock meat patty and one homemade patty, and a lot of veggies in between, very satisfying on top of delicious! I wish we had more days to try other things...

Pros: cheap, homey, tasty

Cons: curry


Points +52

12 Nov 2019


Was excited to try here after the good reviews but I can’t believe the positive reviews about this place. I tried the veggies with noodles and the curry of the day and both were extremely bland and tasteless. Was so disappointed.

Cons: Didn’t feel clean, Food is completely tasteless


Points +2655

19 Oct 2019

One of my favourites on Cat Ba

Went here a bunch of times and love the burger, banh mi and daily curry set meal. Some of the other menu items seem a bit overpriced but the above items are on the cheaper end and would definitely recommend.
The burger is HUGE for 50k - it has a veggie patty, lots of fresh crunchy salad and that delicious veggie sausage thing they use a lot here in Vietnam. Doesn’t come with sauce but you can add your own at the table.
The daily curry (50k) is also a massive portion and comes with a bowl of soup, rice, a mountain of vegetables and tofu or mock meat. It’s very light on the curry sauce but I always get this when I’m craving something healthy, as it’s packed with so many different veggies.
Banh mi is also one of the best I’ve had so far in Vietnam.

Pros: tasty food, nice staff, big portions

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