Kay Vegan Bistro

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 16 reviews )

84A Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Cooks to-order vegan dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Sits in a quiet alley. Since 2014. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Organic, Thai, Vietnamese

16 Reviews

First Review by KIM CHI

Delicious food & lovely owner - Edit

Lots of choice, specials changing regularly and a cosy cafe vibe. The owner is very friendly and got to know us. Highly recommended!

Pros: good portion size, friendly vibe

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Nice Place - Edit

This restaurant is small, very cute and relaxing atmosphere. The menu is small and the prices are high for Vietnam. The food is good, healthy and fresh. The owner speaks English and is a very nice woman. They offer vegan cooking classes.

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Good food, but way to expensive - Edit

Food was good but way to expensive and the prices are not listed on the menu so you have to ask. I was brought a green tea, as you often get for free, but when i got the bill i was billed for it. I will not be back because there are so many wonderful and cheaper places.

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The best smiling restaurant owner - Edit

I would not say this place is low price. And the amount of time to wait for the food is a lot! But the food quality makes it worth. Like in my review title, I just love to see the owner running around, taking order, she has such a nice smile. So friendly.

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Cute little place - Edit

A small place run by a Vegan lady who is very good host. Great food even my non vegetarian friends loved the vegan meal. Great portions too. Loved the place.

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Very Expensive! - Edit

Cost US$7 (154,000đ) for one dish and rice. Incredibly expensive for Vietnam. There are other options in Chi Minh City with equal or better food for less money.

Pros: Quality food

Cons: Expensive

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Very tasty, but they rip you off - Edit

Tiny restaurant in front room of family home. (Just 5 tables)
Friendly owner who speaks excellent English and explains dishes to you.

Food was great, but we were totally ripped off.
There were no prices for any of the drinks. Charged 39,000 for small water??? More expensive than hotel mini bar.
Ordered Dahl and jungle curry both came with rice. When we got the bill there was charge 40,000 for rice. We did not ask for rice it was just served to us. During meal owner kept trying to sign us up for her cooking classes.

Most expensive meal in Vietnam. 530,000 for two. Even though I loved the food I cannot recommend as I felt like I had been taken advantage of just because I am white tourist.

Pros: Food is fresh and tasty, Lovely atmosphere

Cons: No prices for drinks , Being pestered to join a cooking class

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The beat in HCM so far - Edit

The service is excellent. We've been welcomed by the owner and she was very attentive. The food is extremely fresh and tasty. We ordered tempeh with BBQ sauce, red rice and vegetables. It tasted so good! The menu is very diverse and everything looks nice! Everything is organic! I definitely recommend this place.

Pros: freshness of the food, service, tasty food

Cons: little bit far from district 1

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Great service and beautiful food - Edit

The owner was so nice and welcoming! I had the best pad Thai of my life and I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Very very good food and amazing service

Pros: Great service, Good value - medium sized dishes, Delicious food

Cons: Little bit hard to see as it is in an alley

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Very nice experience all round - Edit

The friendly owner (and chef) of this restaurant makes you feel very welcome, speaking Vietnamese and excellent English. The setting is simple, with a handwritten menu in Vietnamese and English, but the home-style food is of a high standard, while not being cheap either. After a complimentary starter of brown rice crackers, my companion and I ordered a mushroom noodle stir-fry and a tofu satay fried rice. These were both delicious, but at just under VND80K and VND90K respectively, you’re paying significantly more than you might for a main elsewhere. We also ordered a dish with potato balls with cashews and raisins in a pumpkin sauce (VND110K). This was not bad, but turned out to be a little different than I expected from the menu. I declined dessert but had a fruit smoothie, which was nice. Although I have mentioned that the prices here were higher than other restaurants, this was one of my best dining experiences in Ho Chi Minh City and I would recommend it for a social or intimate dinner.

Pros: Friendly owner/chef, Delicious home-cooked food of a high standard

Cons: Prices a bit higher than other vegan restaurants

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Over priced and tasty - Edit

Don't go hungry. We had two mains for lunch (89,000 & 79,000vnd). The first dish was a small plate of vegetables with a vinaigrette: four slices of carrot, four slices of cucumber, two cherry tomatoes quartered, two lettuce leaves, two basil mint leaves and four - five slices of pineapple.The flavours were well balanced and the plate was well presented.

The second was the tofu caprese. It was 8 small slices of tofu with a slice of cucumber and tomato on each. It was topped with some basil and a balsamic vinaigrette. Again, quite tasty, but I did feel like asking if there was more to come when the dish came out.

Kay Vegan Bistro is on a quiet alley. The atmosphere is pleasant and the restaurant is clean. The music was a short playlist of dreary saxophone. The service was very friendly.

For the same price, you can eat at some top veg restaurants in the city. For cheaper, you can eat at equally tasty places with wider menus that are on the same block (San May, Tib Chay...)

Pros: good service, complimentary nuts, nice location

Cons: price, serving size, no table water or tea

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Lovely place, very good food, friendly atmosphere - Edit

Small and lovely restaurant with very attentive service, very good food and variety. Very well English spoken. Free tea and nuts as starter. Beverages are a little bit expensive compared to food prices.

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Kay Vegan Bistro, Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

Yesterday I was out looking specifically for this place...


It was closed so it was a pleasant surprise to there was a vegan place literally straight across the street. As well as being to nourish me, the owner (a lady named Kim) was able to tell me that Zennova had closed around 8 months ago so I could update the Zennova happycow listing.

Food was tasty, decor is pleasant enough as is the vibe generally. The music was a bit loud to begin with but this wasn't an issue after I asked if the volume could be turned down.

At time of writing the map marker for this listing is off. I've submitted a request to happycow HQ to correct it.

Pros: All vegan, tasty food

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Warm atmosphere, impressive menu - Edit

I came across KAY Vegan Bistro whilst browsing Happy Cow and decided to go with my parents for dinner one evening.

The owner of the restaurant, Kim, is a lovely, warm, kind woman, who makes you feel at home. She is very passionate about cooking wholesome food and certainly cooks it with love.

I had the Korean bibimbap, which was tasty, although it was more of a S.E. Asian fried rice to me and less like the Korean dish. The bibimbap didn't have egg and whilst I understand that KAY Vegan Bistro is vegan, I was confused because several of the other dishes on the menu featured dairy ingredients (this is something I will be asking the lovely Kay next time I visit). I also enjoyed the 'patatas bravas', (Spanish fried potato with spicy sauce) and my parents were very pleased with their food.

I will have to update this review after the next time I go as the menu is truly extensive and very interesting, with a variety of dishes from around the world and it was really hard to choose just one dish. I think after going a few times to sample different dishes from the different countries, I'd be able to give a more comprehensive review :)
Updated from previous review on Thursday August 21, 2014

Pros: Impressive menu, very extensive,, food from all around the world, Wonderful, kind, warm owner

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Fresh food and friendly service - Edit

People have mentioned the extensive menu of KAY Vegan Bistro, but when we visited (December 2014) there were only 6 dishes to choose from and no desserts. First we were a little disappointed about it, but as the quality of the food was really really good, it didn't matter in the end. And the ingredients were super fresh! The portions are a bit on the small side, so we ended up ordering three portions between the two of us.

Pros: High quality food, Fresh ingredients, Friendly service

Cons: Limited menu

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Fresh and tasty home-cooked vegan cuisines - Edit

KAY Vegan bistro Saigon is a hidden gem,a gourmet vegan bistro in the heart of lively Saigon,Vietnam.KAY prepares and cooked famous vegan dishes all over the world as Pho,traditional noodle soup of Vietnam,Home-made Tofu&Mixed Mushroom with fresh organic herbs stewed in claypot, Tomyum Soup, Phad Thai,Somtum Papaya salad and Green/Red Curry from Thailand, healthy Udon Mushroom soup Tokyo style, Paella Saffron rice from Spain, Spaghetti pomodori,Guacamole & Salsa and many more. KAY desserts are known for fresh coconut tarts, red beans with fresh mango, banana and nuts in coco syrup, fruit sorbet. All dishes are carefully prepared with fresh organic veggies, home-grown herbs,nuts,seeds,mushroom, home-made tofu and happily cooked
with love. KAY Vegan bistro Saigon believes in a green and peaceful world with vegan partners,and KAY brings her precious guests healthy and Zen balanced lifestyle. A world of vegans is a world of peace and happiness.

Pros: Fresh and tasty vegan dishes, Friendly Staff, quiet and peaceful alley, Good value, inexpensive

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Stevie 24 Sep 2015 - Hi Kim,

If I may politely enquire please?

Do you have an affiliation with the restaurant? I ask since looking at your profile this seems to be the only review you have submitted. Also the review reads more like an advertisement than a review. Your profile also says that it was you who submitted the listing to happycow.

For info it seems that the map marker for this listing is pointing to completely the wrong part of HCMC. Hence why I stumbled on this place by accident yesterday and wasn't aware it was already listed. I've submitted a few moments ago a request for the map marker to be corrected.

Keep well, Stevie  

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