A few must-try’s at Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District
Here are a few Japanese establishments are sprouting in Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Thanh District:
With a menu of grilled meats and innards, Horumon YamiBancho is the perfect hangout for carnivores. Indulge in boiled servings of rumen, omasum and reticulum, the different stomachs of ruminant animals. 40/19 Pham Viet Chanh
Don’t miss the reasonably priced drinks at Stars, particularly during happy hour (call before you go, though). Try its newest cocktail additions, the lime margarita or Jack Daniel’s slush (with Coke and lime). For trend-chasers, there are a few Japanese whisky options. 25 Nguyen Cong Tru
This new 20-seater outpost of Kubara restaurant — founded in Fukuoka in 1893 — is an intimate place built around a sushi bar. Guests get to watch as chefs whip up specialty tempura dishes. Try the lunch set (VND160,000; about P365) that comes with six deep-fried ingredients. 78 Pham Viet Chanh
Sushi Nhi’s popularity is self-evident: the eatery logs full-house bookings despite its recent move to a three-story location. The menu is ruled by standard sushi and sashimi as well as grilled and simmered fare; try the sake atama yaki (grilled squid with teriyaki salmon head). 21 Nguyen Cong Tru
Competition is stiff when it comes to rice rolls in the city, but Sushi Go stands out as a family-friendly spot with affordable sushi. Start with the umibudou (sea grape) salad and move on to a sushi set (from VND89,000 or P205) — most are good for at least two people. 34 Me Linh
This article first appeared in the June 2018 issue of Smile magazine.