Viet Chay - Vinh Nghiem Pagoda

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 6 reviews )

290/21A Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Also known as Nha Hang Viet Chay. Vegetarian restaurant with two buildings on opposite sides of the road, inside and outside of the Pagoda campus walls. Large a-la-carte menu. Buffet lunches on the first and the fifteenth days of Lunar month. Nicer setting than typical eateries. Frequented by locals and monks. Some items contain dairy and/or condensed milk. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Buffet, Vietnamese

6 Reviews

First Review by ViolaineB

super vegan food!!! - Edit

I would say it's a must to eat here if you in saigon, all traditional dishes made in vegan style. Bigg variety of food, spring rolls with fruits wow! And prices are good! Enjoy!!

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Poor Food and Service - Edit

I ate at this place very often over about a year. It was ok to start with and then like many businesses in Vietnam you become a "Friend" after a view visits which means, you can wait you are family.

The service became atrocious. The food was frequently cold to the point that one day half of my plate was warm and the other like it had come out of the fridge. I told the water, so he stuck his finger in it to see, said "oh i see" walked off and 5 mins later came back with the same plate of food, finger stuck and all.

On another occasion which is at the point I never went back. As asked for a cup of hot green tea. It came out and I sipped it and thought wow it tastes hot (like chili hot) as I was eating chili I thought it must have been that until I got 4 sips in and realised it had rice wine in it. As a recovering alcoholic I can't tell you how pissed I was. I got a non caring attitude from the waitress and needless to say never went back.

These are but two anecdotes of this place.

Cons: Poor service, Served cold food on a few occasions, Hopeless when its busy

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Delicious lunch - Edit

Our tour guide brought us here after we informed her that the four of us were vegans. We ordered several different dishes and enjoyed them all. The service was friendly and food arrived quickly.

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Nice place, popular with locals & monks - Edit

This place may be slightly hard to find as it's just down a little side street and is pretty similar to the one that is on the opposite side of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia (in the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda)in terms of décor and food (I have a feeling it might be owned by the same person?). The couple of times I've been it's always been very busy and is a favourite with locals.

I had a mock meat curry with pumpkin sauce which was delicious. I went back with a friend and she wasn't very impressed with the noodles she had - she found it overpriced for what it was and said she could get better in the alleyway near our house for much less. I have to say I prefer the one in the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda for the atmosphere, friendly staff and extensive menu. Regardless, Nha Hang Viet Chay is still a nice place with good food and atmosphere.

Pros: Reasonably priced, Extensive menu

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Must visit! - Edit

I found this listing on Happy Cow while I was visiting Ho Chi Minh and decided to give it a try. I went on a weeknight and had the dinner buffet. The price was more than reasonable and the food variety was very impressive! The vast majority of customers here are locals and so the food had more authentic flavors and ingredients than many of the other restaurants I tried. The vegetarian pho was outstanding and the best I had during my whole trip in Vietnam. I highly recommend this restaurant not only for the value but also for the buffet variety as you can sample a lot of local dishes that you may not be able to find vegetarian versions of elsewhere.

Pros: great value, huge variety, authentic cuisine

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Excellent food, friendly staff - Edit

Really had a nice meal there, we were a bit wary at first as a lot of places were a disappointment. We ordered a lot of food, probably too much! I thought I ordered some spring rolls for starters but thank god I didn't... so much food! Although they looked good on other people's tables. This restaurant is inside a temple/pagoda. Only vietnamese people were there. The staff speaks a little english, some better than others. Ask for a menu in english otherwise they'll bring you the vietnamese one. The menu is substantial, with all sorts of dishes, such as mock meat, chicken curry, seafood rice, mock beef in phò and vegetables dishes. Amazing lotus rice, really yummy. The chicken curry was delicious, with lots of lemongrass. Presentation amazing. Cleanness remarkable. The staff was also super friendly which is always a plus! It looks like people working there are somehow linked to the temple. Apparently Vinh Nhhiem Pagoda is the largest pagoda in town. People go there to pay homage to Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha himself, and Samantahartha, the lord of truth and justice according to City Pass Guid. We saw a buddhist monk passing by. The ceiling is made of glass and the place looks very zen, We went there when it was raining so it was very appeasing and serene. You really need to check this place out people! It really deserves to be visited. You just got to taste that lotus rice!

Pros: great food, great staff, great presentation and CLEAN!!!

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