Hoa Khai Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

124-126 Nguyen Cu Trinh St, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Features over 100+ all vegan food dishes on its menu; some of the drinks reported to contain dairy. The restaurant is large and has air conditioning. Group reservations and discounts available. Easy to get to by cab from Ben Thanh Market which will cost you approximately US$2. A 3 minute walk from Pham Ngu Lao.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Vietnamese

Reviews (17)

First Review by flyingfox

If around don't hesitate - Edit

Walking to An Dong market from district 1 this restaurant makes a pleasant option for lunch. Menu is in English. Dishes start around 35k Dong. Good atmosphere, relaxed. Saw a couple of monks and assorted couples and families. Would return.

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dream spot - Edit

Cheap and veryyyy delicious can't go wrong promise !!!

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yum! - Edit

Loads of food, really enjoyed the deep fried chicken. Inexpensive, and entirely Vietnamese folks dining there.

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... - Edit

Superb! The amount of vegan meals is endless. The food was delicious. Prices a bit higher, but definitely worth it!

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It was ok. - Edit

Arrived after lunch hours so maybe that's why we got such poor service. Food was pretty good though, however be warned that "fruit beer" on the menu means non-alcoholic beer.

Food was delicious (except the spring rolls) and cheap though. 150.000 for lunch for 2 big eaters.

Pros: Lots of options, cheap, delicious

Cons: Poor service, staff barely speaks English.

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Hoa Khai, Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

This is a pretty big restaurant with seating indoors and under a semi outdoor area. The menu is big (in terms of the area it takes up). It has a pretty wide choice.

The food was tasty, service efficient.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Tasty food

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Decent veg food in central location - Edit

If you're staying in the backpacker area, I'd say Hoa Khai is your best bet for veg food. Really close to Bui Vien and affordable prices makes this a great spot for travellers who don't venture out of the toursity area (personally I think District 3 is the best area for veg food and it's well worth venturing out of the backpacker area) but Hoa Khai has an extensive menu and you can be safe knowing it's all veggie. I can recommend the Indian curry - it's great and even comes with mock chicken leg (the 'bone' is ingeniously made from a lemongrass stick!)
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 21, 2014

Pros: Central location, Extensive menu, Reasonably priced

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basic, nothing impressive - Edit

The place looks like it should be nice from its exterior but it doesn't impress. Poor service and naff food. Too much mock meat in all dishes

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yummy in my tummy - Edit

Two highly, highly recommended soups: banh canh AND bon bo hue. They're both quite filling as meals and only 25k ($1.25), but a couple of fresh spring rolls (8k each) don't hurt if you're looking for more. Iced coffee is 10-12k ($0.50), but it is hard to convince them you don't want sugar in it. No milk? No problem. No sugar? You must be crazy, no one drinks that... As other reviewers mention, the menu is fully translated but the servers don't speak English and hover while you read the menu and while you pay the bill; that's the Vietnamese way. Still awesome (I'm a 3-7 Times a week regular :D. )

Pros: outdoor patio misting pipes keep it cool, yummy coffee, best noodle soups in town!

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nice noodles - Edit

Went to this restaurant for breakfast this morning, was very easy to find from the pham ngu lao area and sat on the front terrace and enjoyed two delicious bowls of hu tieu noodles for 25.000 each. Food was good and the staff were very friendly, menu had english translations. :)

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Not vegan - serves dairy - Edit

The food was ok. My husband liked it better than I did. The room was nice, felt clean, and the air conditioning was very welcome. Prices were higher than other places we visited on our trip, but not outrageously so.

We had a pretty difficult time conveying that we don't eat dairy. I was able to order an avocado shake without it, but it took two tries. I *think* there was only dairy in the drinks, but I'm not entirely sure.

The waitress was nice, but she hovered over the table as we looked at the menu and constantly pointed out random dishes and tried to get us to order things. I would have much preferred being left alone for awhile to decide what we wanted in peace. I realize that it's not unusual for waiters in Asia to stand next to the table while you decide what to order, but her behavior was way pushier and more intrusive than we'd experienced at any other restaurant.

We tried the bird's nest, which was tasty but had a little bit of a chlorine-y odor, a noodle dish, and the fried chicken wings.

Pros: Clean, Nice interior, Air conditioning

Cons: Relatively expensive, hovering waitress, dairy in some items

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Average food - Edit

Food is mediocre. It was okay but just a bit bland. It was expensive for what it was.

Pros: Big selection and interesting options, Central walk able from district 1

Cons: Price a bit high for the quality of food

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Very good restaurant - Edit

We were very happy of the restaurant. Food, staff, price... All was good! I'll go back there for sure!

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Worth a visit - Edit

Nice big place with good atmosphere. Although no-one spoke a word of english, there was an english menu, so it's not that hard. Menu was extremely well assorted... we were two people and went for the chicken wings (as recommended here) for starters. They smelled a bit funky, probably because of the "fish" sauce - so if you can hold your breath while eating, I'll also recommend them :-)
We had "beef" with potatoes (super great taste, had been barbequed) and chicken legs in sweet/sour sauce. It's worth having a few dishes to share if you are more than 1 person.

Pros: Big menu, Cheap for westerners, Close to main hostel-area

Cons: No english speaking staff, no fan (gets quite warm)

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Nice vegetarian restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

As two travelling vegans we were excited about the idea of there being a vegetarian/vegan restaurant fairly close to where we're staying in Ho Chi Minh City. The restaurant is quite large with seating both inside and outside. The staff speak very little English but when we were trying to query if the 'fish sauce' was vegan one of the staff showed me some paper saying "all food is vegetarian". After a couple of months travelling in SE Asia we've come to the conclusion that the word vegan doesn't really exist here and that vegetarian usually means the same thing. We ordered a sweet and sour tofu soup, chicken wings with fish sauce and some noodles with beef. All the dishes were nice and were quite generous portions.

I've mentioned that this place is vegetarian and not vegan like it says on here because they offer yogurt and fresh milk in the beverage section. Other than that there's a very large menu of vegan food. The price wasn't too bad - it came to around €9 for all the food I mentioned and a couple of drinks each.

The location shown on the map is wrong as it shows the pin at the point where two roads meet. If you're walking south down Nguyen Trai you should get to where the map here shows you then turn left (almost back on yourself). It's a few hundred metres down there on the left.

Pros: large menu, reasonable price, fast service

Cons: no english speakers, quite greasy food, not in the central tourist area

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Hoa Khai - Edit

Great place to eat. Menu in English and Vietnamese. The staff don't speak much English but after all we are in Vietnam. The chicken wings were great :)

Pros: Price, Atmosphere

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Good place, no English - Edit

I managed to locate the restaurant about 250m further down Nguyen Cu Trinh St. than shown on the Happycow map (it is shown at the corner of Nguyen Cu Trinh St. and Nguyen Trai). The restaurant looks pretty good and the food tastes pretty good. And, yes they have an English menu and they have a very nice selection. However, the "best" English speaker I found was a waiter whose comprehension is about 10%. I couldn't communicate "take away", "no ice" "can I have a glass please" "wet" or "dry". He knew "good", "yes" and "no".

You are limited to sign language or what you can find in a phrase book. Or you can try what I did. Try to look "in need of help" and approach other (Vietnamese) diners and ask if they would help translate. A very nice lady helped me, and presto!

Pros: Taste, Ambience

Cons: very limited English

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