Huong Lai

Restaurant 38 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015

12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
15.00 - 25.00 USD

Huong Lai is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Huong Lai offers a variety of authentic yet inexpensive Vietnamese home cooking cuisine. Its elegant interior with its earthy beige and chestnut hues will make you feel right at home.

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Why Huong Lai is special ?

Huong Lai is a private, self-funded restaurant that employs former street children and disadvantaged youth and provides them with vocational training so they can build a better future. Around 80% of our graduates are now working in the hospitality sector, some with five-star hotels. Most of Huong Lai's service and kitchen staff are former street children, orphans or from poor families.

What Huong Lai serves, though, is traditional Vietnamese cuisine: Homely food that arrives in communal plates, best downed with copious amounts of fragrant rice. Since opening 10 years ago, Huong Lai has built a reputation as one of Ho Chi Minh City's top eateries. Its dozen tables invariably fill each lunch and dinner with both tourists and locals. Some may come for the novelty but leave convinced of its culinary merits.

Must try dishes:

Tofu stuffed with pork mince

Tangy sauteed chicken with lemongrass

Yam and potato soup

Pork stewed in claypot

Grilled eggplant with spring onions

Prawns in coconut milk and turmeric


How to get to Huong Lai?

Huong Lai is located on Ly Tu Trong Street. It's just 3-5 minute walk from Opera House or Postoffice.

Selling points

  • Chill space, really excellent service
  • Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value
  • Excellent Vietnamese dishes
  • Savoury, creative, relaxing
  • Cozy Cafe, Kind service, Delicious food


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Medium
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition YES
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card NO
  • Serve breakfast NO
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian YES
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186.98 USD
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38 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • At lunch, there are four set menus (as well as a la carte) to choose from and, with nine dishes.
  • If you are thinking of going make sure you book ahead of time, as the dining area is very small and fills up fast.
  • Huong Lai is open 12:00-15:00 for lunch (L.O 14:00), 18:00-22:00 for dinner (L.O 21:00)
  • It’s easy to miss Huong Lai. Its unassuming doorway is made of dark wood vents, its sign is dimly lit, and the bright glaring neon lights from neighboring shops overshadows it.
  • While you're there Notre Dame Cathedral and the Opera House are just around the corner.
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This place is run for a very good cause - the staff is former street kids that are getting training in hospitality and English. What a great place to eat a big meal and enjoy a bottle or two of wine!

TripAdvisor View more

We chose this restaurant based on previous reviews and were pleased we did. The staff were attentive, pleasant and engaging. The food was fresh, vibrant, well presented, and most of all very tasty. We only wish this wasn't our last night in Saigon, as we would definitely go back. A great intitiatve by the owners, refreshing to see disadvantaged young people being given an opportunity to gain some purpose and direction. Do yourself a favour, check it out.

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