Japanese cuisine is no strange to both Vietnamese people and internationals, as the delicacy in Japanese dishes. Though, for decades the only place to find Japanese food in Ho Chi Minh City was in a small area on the very edge of District 1 dubbed Little Tokyo, in recent years, thanks to the new worldly generation, and globalization, Japanese restaurants has begun to become a norm and widely spread across Saigon. Here is a list of good Japanese restaurants that surely worth a visit.
1. Hai Con Bo BBQ & Hotpot Chain
- Location: No. 33, Cống Quỳnh, Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1
- Price range: 150,000 – 250,000 VND / person
Hai Con Bo BBQ & Hotpot restaurant chain is the perfect combination of Japanese style cuisine and delicious soft grilled American beef dishes at an affordable price. The restaurant is also certified by the American Beef Association (USMEF) as the first Vietnamese restaurant chain to process all 100% American beef dishes. This is a perfect place to experience attractive Japanese flavor with equally attractive price.
2. Miya Sushi & BBQ
- Location: 150/26 Nguyễn Trãi, Bến Thành, District 1.
- Price range: 100,000 – 170,000 VND / person
Miya Sushi & BBQ restaurant is 100% Japanese-inspried, from seats to light all exudes the familiar warmth of a Japanese restaurant. The sushi made here also brings the full Japanese flavor by the talented hand of the Japanese chef with over 30 years of experience and enthusiasm.
3. Sushi Rei
Address: 10E Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Kao Ward, District 3, HCMC
Sushi Rei is a perfect place if you are looking for high-class, fresh and imported fish from Japan. With fish imported directly from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji Market, this is one authentically delicious good time. Sushi Rei is lovely minimalist building constructed from traditional Japanese building materials located Da Kao ward. The restaurant specialty is salmon which is particularly tasty though the prices are quite high particularly for Saigon standards. Guests will be served at the seats by the chef and you can observe the progress of preparing the meals! Location is a little bit difficult to find, but surely it worth a visit!
4. Hokkaido Sachi Sushi restaurant
- 139 A-B Nguyen Trai, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1
- 40 – 42 Dong Du, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- L5 – 17 Saigon Center, 65 Le Loi, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
- Price: 150k – 500k
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 22:45
Everyone knows the beautiful Hokkaido island off the coast of North Japan, which is famous all over the world for its abundant seafood and excellent quality. Therefore, the dishes made from seafood here are of course highly appreciated. Hokkaido Sachi Sushi restaurant chain is too famous for sashimi and sushi genres. Alaska Salmon Roll is made from salmon or Rainbow Roll is a combination of tuna, salmon and avocado, and there are many different dishes making people eat like a lost in an enchanting culinary world. Also, if you are a Japanese food connoisseur, you cannot ignore all kinds of sashimi. Saigon people often choose to eat salmon sashimi because it is both easy to eat and diverse in taste and feeling. Or want to try a new feeling, you choose sashimi red oysters, fish Kanpachi, Hamachi … imported directly from Japan.
5. YEN Sushi Premium
- Address: 123 Bà Huyện Thanh Quan, District 3, TP. HCM
- Opening hours: 10:00 – 14:00 | 17:00 – 23:00
- Price: VND 50,000 – VND 1,000,000
If you are a lover of sophisticated food processing methods and elegant, luxurious atmosphere of cherry blossoms, you definitely cannot ignore YEN Sushi Premium restaurant. This is one of the places that Saigon gourmets appreciate the most about Japanese cuisine.
The dishes here are made without too much spices, but at the same time fully gather the three contingents including the five savory sweet and sour taste; five colors white yellow red blue black; Five dharmas are processed forms of life, security, fried and steamed. Because both food and space are made in a luxurious and sophisticated style, the price at YEN Sushi Premium is quite high. To eat a full meal here will definitely cost you 1 to 5 million VND. However, in return for what you get back will be extremely worthy. Don’t forget to try the “signature” of the restaurant like sushi set C, Awabi, Tsubugai or Otoro!