I’m a vegetarian. But when I go out or dine with non-vegetarian friends or families, I can be a flexitarian. Fortunately, Vietnam is much more vegetarian-friendly than I thought and they are experts at cooking veggies.
In many restaurants we visited, there was often a vegetarian category on the menu. However, I’m definitely not talking about street foods. If it’s a “beef pho” vendor , there would be only “beef pho”.
I have to say, the following restaurants I’m going to introduce may not be those places that locals would go daily. Simply because they are rather expensive compared to vietnamese price level. (Personally, I haven’t found any vegetarian food at this level with this good price in Taipei so far.)
Furthermore, they all have one thing in common, that is — English-Friendly. You can call them touristy but again, their foods are still amazing.
I’m not a good food critic so I’m not going to make comments and describe every dish I ordered. I didn’t plan to write articles about this trip so neither did I take photos of everything I experienced. If you’re interested in things I introduce, it would be a good idea to google it and find out more! (Remember to check the opening days and time.)
1. Ưu Đàm Chay (Ha Noi)
This is definitely my favorite vegetarian restaurant of this trip. Perfect food, perfect space, perfect service, perfect atmosphere… The comment I wrote on my instagram is: “Just had a life-changing vegetarian meal.” This place is one of the reasons I’m visiting Hanoi again in less than 8 weeks.
2. Hum Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)
My local airbnb host said this is a very nice and famous restaurant in Ho Chi Minh. She asked me how it was when I got back to the apartment. I said I love the food a lot and the environment was great blah blah blah… “But also very expensive!” she said so before I was going to say it was NOT… I feel ignorant and I’m glad I didn’t think it out loud.
3. Nhà Hàng Ngon (Ho Chi Minh)
I had the best salad rolls here during the trip!!! No kidding. I tried some more elsewhere but none can compare with theirs’. Although this is not a vegetarian restaurant, they have many vegetarian dishes that you can choose, like the salad rolls and the fried vietnamese noodles I ordered. The restaurant is close to the city hall. So if you’re around, don’t miss out!
4. L’Usine | La Cafeteria De L’Usine (Ho Chi Minh)
The grilled vegetables bageutte sandwich is a MUST-TRY. Trust me! From the potato salad on the side to the sauce on the top of the sandwich, you would LOVE it. I miss it soooo much. L’usine is a cafe, a restaurant, and meanwhile a selectshop. Don’t forget to buy some Marou chocolate there.