Phuong Mai Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

886F Vo Thi Sau, Phuong Tan Dinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 70000

Small vegetarian restaurant by Ben Thanh Market. Serves a variety of Vietnamese and Western dishes. Has pho, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Uses some dairy. Open Mon-Sun 6:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Western, Vietnamese

17 Reviews

First Review by VeganBiker

yummy pad thai - Edit

I really love the Pad Thai here, they fill all their food with lots of fresh Veges which is awesome. Well priced too :)

Pros: pad Thai!!

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Wonderful place - Edit

It's just a wonderful place for vegetarian, peaceful atmosphere with lotus lake from the outside, the meditation music, and wind,... a lot of feeling with this gorgeous restaurant. The prices is also cheaper than a lot of another restaurant.

Pros: Friendly, Good food, Beautiful

Cons: Non

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nice food but - Edit

I ordered a fried rice for 65000 and I didn't get full. So I had to buy another noodle soup for 55000 to get there..
It tasted good but was really pricy..

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Great little place - Edit

Great little vegetarian restaurant. A wide variety of vegetarian options, and it tastes really good too.

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yum yum - Edit

Had dinner here tonight. Was pretty good. We shared the vegan prawn crackers and cold rolls then had Pho and Dumpling soup. Was all yummy.
The food came out quickly and the staff were friendly. Would definitely come back to try other things on the menu.

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Delicious bánh mì chay - Edit

Came here in the morning for a breakfast bánh mì (takeaway). Only 15,000VND and absolutely delicious. The people who work here are also super nice and friendly. Would definitely return for the bánh mì but would like to try some of their other dishes too, as they seemed to have a very extensive menu. Great choice and super central location.

Pros: Delicious bánh mì chay, Lovely staff, Central location

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Vegan Phở and Vegan Flan cake - Edit

yep, these 2 dishes drive me here, besides it's located quite centrally. Staff is very friendly :) And i love to look at the painting while waiting for my food :)

Pros: Vegan pho, Location, Paintings

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lots of options! - Edit

Lots to choose from. The pancake was huge!

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Great food and Decor - Edit

I visted here 5-8-16

Not hard to find. Just east of Ben Thanh Market on side street.
Nice relaxing place to get away from the hustle.
I had Stewed Pork(vegitarian) with Veg, along with rice and a bottle of water. The dish was flavorful and filling and all for $3.33
Updated from previous review on Thursday May 26, 2016

Pros: Price, Decor, Central Located

Cons: Parking - to be expected

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hit and miss - Edit

We've eaten here so many times because it is in a central location, but I have to say despite the servers' great service, the place is pretty average. The food is pretty bland in general, every now and then a meal comes out which is really tasty, but far too often, it's just not worth it. The meals can take more than 45 minutes to arrive as well. This place is generally clean. The music is Buddhist chants and there are large paintings around the downstairs restaurant.

One other thing is the parking guys outside can be pretty frosty and often try to get you to pay even though you don't have to. But the friendly staff inside make up for that.

Pros: service staff, wide menu, central location

Cons: often bad food, slow

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good experience (10% VAT NOT included!!!) - Edit

I just arrived from Cambodia today where I didn't like most of the Food, so I was really happy about this Restaurant. It's very Close to the Benh Tanh Market and Looks quite expensive/chic from the outside.

staff are super friendly and my waitress spoke good english.

most mains are about 45'000 Dong. I ordered the "Mien Mang" and a Cup of hot green tea for 5000 Dong. no Service Charge. I was happy with my noodle soup: taste was different than anything I've ever had but (very) good. Portion was good size. quite a lot of veggies and fortunately not that much mock meat (i'm not a big fan). the broth was tasty too. they served me beansprouts on a separate plate. green tea tasted different than what i'm used to too but was good!

i got my Food after 5-10mins, so very fast. Service was efficient. i even received a wet tissue before.

wifi didn't work. i'd go back there!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 30, 2015


and to be honest: i got the dumpling noodle soup. my soup contained 2 lousy dumplings. i expected a few more.
therefore my new Rating is way lower, sorry!

Pros: price, good taste, looked clean, nice staff

Cons: wifi didn't work, new: 10% VAT not included, new: wet tissue costs 2000

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Phuong Mai Vegetarian - Ho Chi Minh City - Edit

I've just eaten in this place. I found this to be a reasonable positive experience.

The point raised by other reviewers about the pro vegan signs in place being at odds with dishes listing (for example) butter as being among the ingredients. There's also pizza on sale and while it may well be that the cheese is vegan, there is no indication of such on what is a menu of a very extensive list of dishes. Similarly there's a lot of coffee on sale advertised as being with milk. There's no indication that the milk used is anything other than the default milk used (i.e. cow's) in any omnivorous eatery across this earth. Do the owners think mistakenly that the words vegan and vegetarian are synonymous? I don't know.

Fortuitously when I hoovered in I did so with a Vietnamese and pictorial representation of what vegan is. The quietly pleasant waitress read the text and I tried to use the pictures to highlight the point about no milk products, no egg products, no honey. Her English is certainly way better than my Vietnamese. Whether the message successfully got through, I certainly can't make any guarantees.

I wasn't overly hungry so I went for a papaya salad. This was nice enough. I also went for something I don't recall seeing before, namely fruit spring roll. This turned out to be very interesting. It came with an oil burner with a small underneath to the melt chocolate to be used as a dip.

The bill came exactly to the 84 000 dong that I expected it to. There was no service charge.

The decor of the place is quite nice. If though the manager is considering any sort of refurb, he needs to ring the HCMC branch of Walter Wall Carpet Fittings to get those completely worn out on the way to the kitchen & bathroom replaced.

The sound track to the place was piano music of what seemed like familiar western songs ('country road take me home' was one I defo recognised). The piano playing seemed a little over done to me but what do I know (sod all probably). I didn't feel it added anything to the place. This is a trivial point though.

Rating out of 5 for me is a spin up between 3 & 4.

Cons: Not 100% vegan despite pro vegan signs

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small portion - Edit

The dishes were small and not very tasty. Two different dishes that were ordered were just the same dish. The cost for what you get does not really makes sense. We left the restaurant hungry and not happy. Better avoid it.

Pros: air condition

Cons: small portion, not effort

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misleading!! - Edit

This place is somehow trying to be a bit more UP MARKET! But I decided to give it a try as the food is still cheap!

Dishes lacked any effort at all, portion sizes were too small and I just found the whole experience a bit.... Meh! After receiving the bill I was serviced charged an extortionate amount.... Asked the staff why?! And told them I did not enjoy the food, they had nothing to say to this At all! Disappointing... I won't be going back.

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average veg place near Ben Tanh market - Edit

Had bun cha gio today which was average... Portion size was a little smaller than other places I've been to. Convenient location for people staying near backpacker area.

Pros: near backpacker area and Ben Tanh market, affordable for d.1

Cons: has vegan sign inside, but is not vegan

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Not vegan! - Edit

Some dishes are vegan, and some contain cheese & milk. There is a sign on the wall indide the place that says 'Vegan restaurant'. Not true. Deep fried spring rolls were really miserable.

Pros: Nice staff, Comfortable seating, Central location

Cons: Expensive, Food is not delicious

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Mushrooms Only - Edit

Everything on the menu is mushroom-based. Even the unlikeliest things and those that specifically omit "mushrooms" from their descriptions. Literally every dish on the menu is comprised of a bowl or plate of mushrooms topped with whatever you though you were ordering. If you like to eat all mushrooms and only mushrooms, this is the place for you. You will love it. If you aren't a huge fan of mushrooms or prefer a different headliner for your meal, it's probably best to avoid this place.

I can't stress enough: absolutely everything on the menu is primarily mushrooms with a tinge of various flavours added secondarily.

They have a "western" section that features cheese-heavy entrees (presumably with copious mushrooms) if you feel like giving that a shot and don't mind entirely defeating the purpose of eating at a vegetarian restaurant.

Pros: Everything is full of mushrooms (if you like that)

Cons: Everything is full of mushrooms (if you don't)

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