Sen Quan Chay

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171 Nguyen Thai Hoc, P. Pham Ngu Lao, Q. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnamese vegetarian cuisine including various noodle soups. Near the touristy area of Bui Vien street. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-2:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Vietnamese

32 Reviews

First Review by mybalo

great food would recommend. - Edit

Nice food. Had the spring rolls and pho.

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Amazing (vegan) Pho - Edit

Very nice place and friendly staff. I tried the Pho and it was one of the best ones I had since I'm in Vietnam!! :)

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next time : different order - Edit

I was a little disappointed with this place,
They had run out with my first choice, so I chose the tofu braised with mushroom (59k) some rice (~15k),.. and got the smallest portion! It was like 5 thin slices of tofu and 11 teeny tiny mushrooms (yes I counted) - to be fair it was super tasty, but definitely not satisfying for this price ( for that I can almost get 3 full bowls of veg pho in other places), also the staff forgot to bring my rice and was ignoring me for what felt like an eternity (the hungry me haha), maybe out of shyness?

However, the ambiente is nice, the menu has loads of mock meat options that according to other reviews are good - so I might give it another try

But as of now my feelings are mixed about this place

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oh my god this place!!! - Edit

Best vegan food during 4 weeks of traveling Vietnam. No tourists, lots of locals at this place!

HIGHLY recommended!!!

Pros: very good food, good prices.

Cons: nothing

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Amazing - Edit

A nice small place with lots of vegan options written in English. I can't remember the name of my food, but it was amazing! A great place to be as a vegan!

Pros: Lots of vegan options

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delicious and cozy! - Edit

Great dinner with attentive staff and really comfortable setting. Our mountainous dinner cost us less than in similar styled restaurants elsewhere!

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best restaurant in hcmc - Edit

Super cute and cozy. Staff are very nice. We went there three times, service was always fast and polite. Sit on the floor mats and enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine like nowhere else - I recommend the lotus stem or banana flower salad! Also the vegan egg is divine. Literally everything is good, delicious, and well priced - surprisingly cheap for quality!

Pros: huge amount of options, clean, nice smelling and cozy, great staff

Cons: none

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Amazing Mock Meats - Edit

Incredibly delicious and convincing mock meats at a really fair price. Really busy, but service is very efficient.

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really tasty food - Edit

Lovely jackfruit and vegan goat meat mains. The vegan beer is 0% bavaria.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: non-alcoholic beer only

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kind of strange - Edit

The restaurant was very busy, the waiter unpersonal and in a hurry.
We ordered fried mock chicken with sticky rice.
The rice was pressed and fried as a hash brown.
No veggies, just a piece of slaw.
Everything was very fat.
Ordered some bok choy just to eat something healthy.
Towels are charged.

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really really good - Edit

The baguette is very delicious

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convenient, tasty but a little pricy. - Edit

I had the vegan pork braised with vegan egg (59k) with rice (13k) and ice tea (7k). The portion was 2 small chunks of meat and one and a half eggs in a sauce. Decent amount of rice. All very tasty and flavourful. Various mock meats and non dairy mills offered, and also vegan beer.

It is up 2 flights of steep stairs. Wifi. No reason to expect it isn't fully vegan.

Pros: unique crack (pun intended) at a vegan egg, good location , English menu

Cons: small portions, expensive for Vietnamese standards, on 2nd floor with no lift- not wheelchair accessib

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convenient and tasty - Edit

Didn't eat off the lunch menu, went there for breakfast instead. Nice woman, no English but makes a lovely Vietnamese faux meat and veggie baguette. Perfect for a light on the go type thing.
P.s it's a little further down the road than it appears on google maps

Pros: tasty, good price

Cons: not a lot of options for breaky

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Awesome food lovely place - Edit

Been here the times now.
In the mornings they have Vietnamese sandwiches that are by far the best I've had anywhere. Three types of meat and plenty of veggies, it's awesome.

I've had some of the entrees as well for dinner and they were great.

Decent prices at 3-4USD a meal

Pros: Sandwiches Atmosphere

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Just ok - Edit

The location is central and convenient if you're in the backpacker area. The food is ok, but nothing special, and you can certainly do better for the money elsewhere (and far better in terms of the sensational taste experience that other places in this city offer). Fine but nothing special and would certainly not return given the plethora of other - way better - options around.

Pros: Nice jackfruit dish, Centrally located

Cons: Poor service, Just meh food in a city that's a vegan paradise

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Expensive and unimpressive - Edit

Expensive by Vietnamese standard, food is touch and go. Small servings

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: Expensive , Small portions

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pretty taste free - Edit

I ordered the faux chicken with deep fried bread and the seaweed soup. it's not that tasty and quite pricey for what it is. but sitting on the floor is a nice touch. the black sesame milk is amazing!

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Small portions, expensive price - Edit

Ordered two dishes from the chategory "my favourites": the fried veggie crab meat and the fried chicken with buns. The portions were extremly small. We did not feel full when leaving. We got 2 salad leafs each, a red tiny red onion and 5 tiny fried balls of fake meat. The fried chicken were two very small "legs" and three small bread buns. It took long for the food to get ready and it all costed 120.000 VND.

The staff did not know any english, but there was no trubble to order because the menu was in english.

Over all we are not satisfied with the experience, when even the tissues costed 3.000 VND each. The floor seating was nice though.

Pros: Nice facility

Cons: price, size of portions, food did not taste much

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Nice - Edit

Had a mock meat dish and really enjoyed it. Returned for an equally good breakfast bahn mi.

(I can also testify that the food was a bit too sweet.)

Pros: Atmosphere (sitting on the floor), Wifi

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Average place - Edit

Me and some friends found this place by chance when walking back from the park to the backpackers area. Nice floor seating upstairs and although I only tried the bun cha gio there, I thought the food was pretty average.

Pros: Location, Floor seating , Affordable

Cons: Average food

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Tasty... mostly - Edit

Some of the dishes here are quite sweet (as a previous reviewer has stated), the canh chua's (sour soups) and most of the goi's (Vietnamese style salads) being the worst offenders in my mind. The kho to (clay pot braised) dishes however are excellent; the young jackfruit one in particular is the best I've had in the city. Bo la lot (mock beef wrapped in betel leaf and grilled, served with herbs, lettuce, dipping sauce, and rice paper), most of the sauteed veggies (especially the morning glory), and pho are also good here, but bun Hue is disappointing. Most veg. places in Vietnam get really busy on first and mid. days of the lunar calendar ("fasting" days for lay Buddhists), but Sen gets super crazy, so I'd avoid it then.

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overly sugary - Edit

All the dishes I had were excessively sweet. Preparation style and flavors really reminded me of Vietnamese restaurants in San Jose, CA, and not so much of local food in Saigon.

Wood tables and windowside tables with a view of a downtown street, a significantly nicer setting than average, but not upscale.

English menu available.

Staff speak a little English.

Not a vegan restaurant, but can provide lots of vegan options.

Pros: English menu, above-average setting

Cons: not a vegan restaurant, overly sweet dishes

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Tasty and Flavourful - Edit

We had the veggie hotpot, sweet and sour veggie pork, and roasted veggie chicken with bun. All were very tasty with fresh ingredients and lots of flavour. There are three levels of seating, we opted for a table on the third level but there is also more traditional take off your shoes and sit on pillows seating on the second floor.

Pros: tasty, quick service , very reasonable prices

Cons: steep stairs

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Good but not great - Edit

It's a nice, quiet setting in an otherwise loud and busy part of town. The food is good but I've had much better in the city. The prices are reasonable too. As for the towel charge, I'm not sure why they charge for the service but if you don't want it you can simply refuse. Keep in mind that the charge is 3000 Dong, which is about $.15 at the moment.

Pros: Quiet, nice setting , Clean , Reasonable prices

Cons: Good but not great

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Great Spot - Edit

Very clean and great food. Small sit on the floor tables. Staff don't speak too much English. Menu in English though. Very nice food. Medium price. Wet towel charge was a downside. They also gave us the wrong bill, so make sure you check before paying. Worth the visit though.

Pros: Clean, Reasonable Price

Cons: Sit On Floor, Wet Towel charge

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the most interesting vegan cuisine - Edit

We had dinner here, the restaurant has three storeys and is quite popular.
We took one of the recommended dishes on the menu, along with a "standard" fried race in a pineapple (which was good), it was mock beef rolled inbouled greens, served with rice paper an greens. Seeing our stupified looks and hand signals (no english spoken here), the waitress wetted the rice paper and proceeded to roll the rolls with the greens and dipped it all in a miso like dip.
Everything tasted great, along with a wonderful avocado shake.
Highly recommended, though strangely they charge a 3000 dong fee for the wet tissue... but it too added to the feeling of an upscale majestic dinner.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: no english spoken, wet tissue pricing

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Elegant but... - Edit

We ate here on our last stay in HCMC. Every breakfast we would buy our veggie baguette here and was very satisfied with it. On our last day, we finally decided to eat in their resto. At first, we were denied because according to them they are still closed but we came as per the opening hours posted at their door. They eventually let us in and we managed to order. The staff and can't speak English so we have to point our orders. We didn't worry because it's a vegan resto in the first place. I think it was the manager who came and greeted us, she's very pleasant and is the only one that can speak English. We ate, paid and went back to the park to kill time before we leave Vietnam. A few hours later, I experienced something weird in my stomach. I felt dizzy and throwed up after just a few hours. I do not know what we ate or what was on there but that's our last stop. Luckily, my partner didn't experience any of what I felt and was relieved that I did not felt it while on the plane and back to our country. A few hours after our arrival, i got this very high fever and could not eat. I decided to do water therapy and not eat anything solid. I got better after my water therapy and was very lucky to detoxify. I got traumatized after eating here and will now be very picky everytime.

Pros: near Pham Ngu Lao

Cons: Staff can't speak english

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