Beside well-known Vietnamese restaurants such as Quan Bui, Cuc Gach Quan and Secret Garden, you actually have other places that also deserve to be as known:
The Fish Sauce on the top floor on 41 Le Duan in district 1. It is a pretty nice restaurant with high ceiling and big plate-glass windows that give you a nice view on Notre-Dame church and the residence of the French consul. Not most of the vietnamese restaurants have a large choices of drinks, The Fish Sauce serves red and white wine for a glass at 85,000-95,000 VND, simple cocktails for 85,000 VND, beers for 30,000-35,000 VND and, juices and soda for around 45,000-55,000 VND. For the main courses, they have regular dishes such as grilled white eggplants in clay pot with shrimps and minced pork or caramelized bacon with pineapple, and most of the main dishes are under 100,000 VND. To see the full menu, click here.
NaNa Bistro on 152 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia in district 1. It is a sincerely a cool place with veranda that serves specialities from the center of Vietnam such as Mi Quan or Bun Bo Hue, and they also serves typical dishes like Bun Cha or Bun Dau. They also offer cocktails with happy hour.
Ollie’s Kitchen on Nguyen Hue – 2nd floor, you have to cross a fashion boutique and go upstairs to find this small place. I love the concept of having a home kitchen open that you really feel like you are having lunch at your friend or neighbor’s house. Staff is really friendly that you are kind of wondering if it is not just a real family that have maybe decided to open a restaurant in their living room. They don’t have plenty of choices, maybe 6-8 different kind of dishes that go with rice and “canh” but it is really delicious. You can check the menu here. Count around 100,000 for the meal and preferably go after 13 it is less crowded and you can be sure to get a side as the restaurant has only around 20 seats, but if you can’t wait, they also do delivery.