Nha Hang Ngon

whole chicken, warrior one, and mangosteen
nha hang ngon, located in three cities--Saigon, Ha Noi, and Phnom Penh--serves traditional Vietnamese food from all regions. at least the one in Saigon does, and its book of a menu makes that part clear.

with various prep stations and kitchens situated against the left, right, and back walls--it's worth taking a look & walk throughout this two-story-villa-now-restaurant. always crowded but with a high circulation and airy ventilation, this spot, frequented by both locals and foreigners alike, is a reliable source to get either a cursory or thorough overview of a wide breadth of Vietnamese dishes.

and if you plan to be in the area, drop in on a class ($6.00 USD) at yoga living (95 Pasteur) right across the street. (also attracts a mix of locals and foreigners.)

or--right outside the restaurant--try to catch the gentleman purveying kilos and kilos of dark ruby-toned mangosteens from his motorbike.
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160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Bến Nghé Quận 1 Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 838277131
Sun - Sat 8am - 10:30pm