30 Reviews

First Review by veganvirtues

Tasty food, nice atmosphere but watch out for sneaky bits of dairy! - Edit

The restaurant is a nice place for dinnner, nicely decorated and looks clean with music playing. However it is a bit pricey for what the food is to be honest- about 80,000 for most noodle dishes which are usually 20-50 other places we have been. We enjoyed our dinner but the problem was the coffee at the end- really bad coffee which I am definite was not made from pure coffee beans but one of those coffees you can sometimes find in vietnam with added things such as chemical flavourings or burnt corn/soyabeans. As we know coffee is often roasted with butter/fish sauce/chicken fat in ~Vietnam we only trust pure roasted coffee and as this was clearly not that we also question whether it was definitely vegan. The other issue is for the milk coffee they use a packaged ‘non dairy creamer’ but we asked to see the package and it has caseinate from milk sources in it so not technically vegan and they weren’t aware of this. As a result we are concerned there may be other things which they do not realise aren’t vegan- as a previous review also mentions an allergic reaction to a milk product here. I don’t think any of this is purposeful but that they are not aware or properly checking the products they use. Shame to say as based purely on the meals i would have given 4 or 5 stars.

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Great vegan pho! - Edit

Terrific spot with a huge vegan menu.

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Delicious food, superb environment, friendly staff - Edit

Easily accessible near the lake

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So delicious - Edit

The vegan Pho with mock beef was divine!! Friendly staff

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Great restaurant! - Edit

Very nice place, and tasty food.

Pros: Good food, Inexpensive, Good Vegan menu

Cons: ?

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vegan retreat - Edit

Despite writing a very negative review of the other Minh Chay in Ha Noi, I have enjoyed eating here. The food is good and the service friendly. Not haut cuisine but serviceable. Nice to find a quiet friendly oasis in frenetic HaNoi.

Pros: reasonable food

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Nice place little portions - Edit

Really nice decor and the people who worked there are wonderful.
The food my family and I ordered was all so bland and lacking in size. But from what other people are saying the food is very good. So we must of all ordered the wrong things haha.
The sausages were very good I must say though.

Pros: nice decor, great service

Cons: pricey for Vietnam, some food was very bland

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Full Vegan, A loooot of dishes, but quite expensive - Edit

I bought a carrot juice which was really good! But it costs 79000 Dong.. that's quite a lot. There is the Jalus restaurant close to it. It's fully vegan too, does not have a that big variety of dishes, but the carrot juice and other dishes are a little cheaper here. 45000 Dong for the Carrot Juice. And Jalus also offers Green juices and good smoothies!

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Some days good but some days... - Edit

We had two very different meals on two visits. On the first go we thought the food was good and moderately priced.
On the second visit the "fried vegetables" were similar to a pakoras but the root vegetables inside were almost raw. Even worse was the "pizza" which was disgusting. The chef's "homemade vegan cheese" was inedible sludge. I gave up on the third slice.
Note: the "beer" on the drinks menu is zero alcohol.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Some inedible dishes

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Good food, slow at peak times, some dishes unavailable - Edit

We tried the fettuccine and the couscous salad. I very much enjoyed the fettuccine, they had an interesting sauce that definitely wasn't Italian and had lots of veggies mixed in. The couscous was more of a mixed bag, it was overly sweet for our taste. We had two orange juices which were good but expensive (69.000). The two things that really stuck out for us was the nice atmosphere of the restaurant and the excellent service, which was attentive and subtle.

Update: We went again to try some Vietnamese dishes, most of all Pho. But they said they had run out of rice noodles (?) and Pho wasn't available. I went for lemongrass "beef" vermicelli instead, which tasted absolutely amazing with great texture.
However, this time, service was way too slow. We waited for the better part of an hour and were half-starved when our food finally arrived. We saw other diners complain about the long wait.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-01

Pros: Some truly delicious dishes, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Drinks expensive, Slow service at peak times, Some dishes not available

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Pretty Good - Edit

The restaurant and staff were lovely. The food was tasty but not the best I've had.

Pros: Staff lovely , Restaurant new and cool designed , Pictures and English descriptions of the meals in

Cons: A little more on the expensive side

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DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO MILK OR WANT TO EAT SOMETHING TRUELY VEGAN. - Edit

DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO MILK OR WANT TO EAT SOMETHING TRUELY VEGAN. WOULD GIVE 1 STAR IF THE SYSTEM ALLOWED IT. We ate here yesterday. They claim to be fully vegan and so we ordered the vegan pizza with vegan cheese. I have a milk allergy and got a severe reaction after eating this, had tot go to the hospital. We asked the staff if there was any milk in it, and after getting the answer "it's vegan cheese" about five times, they finally admitted that there was "a little bit of dairy" in the pizza. HORRIFIC EXPERIENCE

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-01

Pros: Looks like a cute restaurant

Cons: Not vegan , Lie about their ingredients, Vegan pizza that contains milk... and it didn't eh

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Try the House Salad! - Edit

We've eaten at Minh Chay around 8 times and would probably consider it to be the best (or at least second best!) vegan restaurant in Hanoi! The Minh Chay salad is super tasty and fresh! Some dishes on the menu are a little bland though and the baby baked potatoes are delicious but super pricy at 159000VND which is A LOT for a small side dish of spuds!

Pros: Fresh salad (often a rarity in VN) and amazing fru, Sweet and helpful staff, My partner really enjoyed the burger

Cons: Expensive drinks, Some dishes are a little bland, Pizza bases aren't made with real pizza dough

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Great vegan food in Hanoi - Edit

Lovely little gem not far from the old quarter. Staff were very attentive and keen to upsell, to the point where they asked if I wanted dessert when they took my mains order. The snail noodle soup was filling and delicious, with dried mushrooms giving the chewy snail texture. Prices are a bit above average. Would be happy to come back.

Pros: Great food, Big menu, Good service

Cons: Higher prices

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Like the food a lot - Edit

The food here is really nice. I usually get the vegan burger, vegan snail noodle soup, the vegan BBQ vegetables, and milk tea made with almond milk. The restaurant has a nice vibe.

Perhaps the only drawback of this place is that once we saw a staff member coming out of the bathroom without washing his hands...but this is Vietnam so I'm not that surprised to be honest.

Pros: food is nice, staff is friendly, nice ambiance

Cons: parking isn't available in front of the restaurant

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Minh Chay Hang Gai. - Edit

Newly opened last month on Hang Gai one of the main streets in the old quarter. That great word VEGAN outside the restaurant is prominently displayed. The food is both western and Vietnamese. Great choices. I had my second vegan burger in Vietnam. Was well presented came with fries and salad. Had passionfruit juice. Bill came to 135.000d around $7. The menu is step up from the Loving Huts prices, but worth the visit. Revisited has a new picture menu. had pizza, mushroom and lemon grass with nice mixed sprout salad. Service, food was excellent.


Updated from previous review on 2016-11-28

Pros: 100% vegan, Decor and ambience pleasant, Menu in English and Vietnamese

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minhchayhg 02 Dec 2016 - Thank you very much! and Hope to serve you next time !  


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there are better options - Edit

Good food but small portions and pretty expensive. I think there are better options in Hanoi especially if you are on a low budget.

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veganvirtues 26 May 2017 - Mitjacinta. It is better to critique the place and food, rather than stating better options if ur a backpacker. Minh Chays, Jalus are not el cheapies but the quality is what u pay for!  


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Convenient food - Edit

In the middle of the city, a good restaurant with the nicest staff! Had the lasagne which was delicious, they were so helpful and even gave me sausages on the side!

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hardworking and nice staff - Edit

the staff who works here are all really hardworking and nice!
I had a mushroom sandwich however, it was disappointing. It is something that you can put together yourself, at home. was not worth the price comparing with the other amazing cheaper placed that I have eaten at.

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Good food and very friendly staff - Edit

Restaurant in the main shopping area Hang Gai.

Very friendly staff.

Ordered fried pho noodles which was excellent loved it, juice was very fresh. Ordered pizza which I didn't like at all bec of some weird sweet taste.

Would go again to try other items.

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Great menu poor execution - Edit

This place really frustrated me. It has all the ingredients to be be great but the food just doesn't live up.
Lots of items on the menu were unavailable when we ate here which we found a little frustrating.
Please don't order the vegan pizza. The tiny shreds of bland vegan cheese went on the topping last (classic rookie move) so you can't bite the pizza without dragging the entire topping off in one go. The base has the consistency of a crunchy biscuit and it's a sweet too.
The sandwiches are better but some of my bread slices were from a stale batch and they were crunchy and dry instead of soft and moist like the others.
We ate the pumpkin dessert which was very nice though.

Pros: varied menu, pumpkin dessert, nice staff

Cons: poor understanding of western palate , the things you want aren't available

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Nice food, friendly staff - Edit

We ate here a couple nights in a row. The food is good but I wouldn't call it exceptional. They serve both Vietnamese and Western food. I had the vegan snail soup and I really liked it (although I was a little freaked out by the "snails" ;) ) The staff speaks English and they are very friendly.

Pros: Friendly staff, Tasty food

Cons: Too much mock meat

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Lovely place! - Edit

A very calming atmosphere and english speaking waiters. The food is very simple and very nice. Definitely try their pho and pumpking dessert option!

Pros: english, nice food

Cons: little more expensive

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Good service, bland food - Edit

The service was great! They were so nice and attentive. A couple staff speak English quite well, not totally necessary because it's all vegan. We got the tofu snail soup and it was very, very bland. We had some theories though. We had been eating at a lot of kind of hole in the wall com chay joints, which I think spells MSG. This restaurant does not use msg, which is really good! But maybe that made it seem like the soup was lacking? I hadn't had a bad soup yet in Vietnam. So many good spicy, sour, sweet ones to try. But this one definitely left something to be desired. Probably won't go back because of the relatively high prices. But saw some western food being served there as well. That could be worth a try if you have the need.

Pros: Great service , Nice atmosphere

Cons: Bland food , High prices

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Great food, great atmosphere, great service - Edit

Slightly more expensive than other Viatnamese restaurants but it's in a big city and its a nice place. Food was really good. Staff are super friendly.

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Good Options - Edit

I went to this Minh Chay three times because it was close to my hostel (Nexy). The food is really good, but I wouldn't say it's above and beyond amazing. I had the pho twice because I was sick and it did help me feel a lot better. I also had the pasta, which was light and tasty, and I tried some of my friend's food which was some type of vegan pâté, veggie sausage, fries, and bread. I'm not a huge fan of fake meat, but it was pretty good actually! If you're visiting with a meat lover, it would be interesting to see if he/she thinks the sausage taste like real sausage.

Pros: Diverse menu

Cons: A little bland

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Great Pho - Edit

Visited 2 branches of Minh Chay and this one definitely had better ambience. A few of their dishes were a little disappointing (including the fried noodles) but their veggie pho is excellent and very close in taste to the traditional meat version. Definitely worth a visit

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