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Category Archives: Food and Coffee

John - SGNPilot

New Saigon Food Blogger in Town

I am adding a new blog to my list of Vietnam Bloggers on SaigonNezumi.  Yesterday I met a new food blogger, John (@SGNPilot), for dinner at Bon Mua Four Seasons, a halal Cham/Malaysian restaurant in District 1.  John is an American airline pilot who has worked for Air Mekong for the last (more…)

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2012 Ebi Ten Maki (Sushi Bar Saigon)

Sushi Bar (Then and Now)

Today I met up with Clifton for lunch at the Zen Plaza Sushi Bar in District 1.  Despite being walking distance from Zen Plaza, this was my first visit to Sushi Bar 2 is over a year.  For once, I remembered to take some photos of the food I normally order there which includes the Ebi Ten Maki sushi rolls and Sakae Furai fish dish.  One noticeable thing about the Sushi Bar over the last three years is that the size of the portions have gradually gotten smaller.  (more…)

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My coffee shop office back in 2008 - Java Cafe

Farewell Java Cafe

As many of you know, over a month ago Java Cafe closed down.  It was a popular mainstay at the corner of Hai Ba Trung and Dong Du in District 1.  I have been using Java Cafe as my main meeting points and coffee shop “office” for nearly 5 years.

I was first introduced to Java Cafe (more…)

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Santa Fe Cafe (Saigon, Vietnam)

Santa Fe Cafe (Pham Ngu Lao)

Santa Fe Cafe is a very popular restaurant frequented by Expats in the Pham Ngu Lao (Backpacker Area) of District 1 (see map below).  It is always packed and prices quite reasonable.  Many Expats like eating the hamburgers there with the Aussie cheeseburger being a favorite.  I tend to order the penne or rice dishes. (more…)

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D'Nonya Penang Restaurant - Saigon, Vietnam

SaigonNezumi’s Best Halal Restaurants in Saigon (2011)

Edit: I forgot to mention Halal@Saigon.  I will do a review of this restaurant later.

In 2011, I created one of the first halal travel sites for Vietnam under the name GoHalalPlanet.  I visited over 35 restaurants that identified themselves as being halal.  Most of my original reviews for these restaurants were posted here at SaigonNezumi.  Since SaigonNezumi gets many visitors searching for halal restaurants in Saigon, I decided to come up with a Top 10 list of what SaigonNezumi felt were the best halal restaurants in Saigon in 2011.

A note for Muslim budget travelers, it is possible to have three full halal meals (with drinks) for under $5 US per day.  Just visit Pho Muslim (only mornings and evenings), Kedai Zai Dah (only mornings) and Sara Halal Food (only evenings) restaurants.

Please feel free to comment.

All links for the restaurants will direct to the GoHalalPlanet page for Saigon where you can find the addresses and halal information.

2011 Top 10 Halal Restaurants in Saigon (SaigonNezumi)

  1. Berru Turkish Coffee & RestaurantBest Halal Turkish Restaurant
    • Opened in November, 2011, it is the first Turkish family run authentic halal Turkish restaurant in Vietnam located in the An Phu Ward.
    • One of the few fully halal restaurants in Saigon (no alcohol is served).
    • Doner kebab is served after 6:30 PM daily.
    • Highly recommend you try Iskender, my favorite Turkish dish.
    • They will offer Baklava soon.
  2. Baba’s Kitchen – Best Halal Indian Restaurant
    • My all-time favorite halal Indian restaurant in Saigon located in the Backpacker area (Pham Ngu Lao).
    • Co-owner, Robin, offers the best customer service in town.  He is supported by Expats, Vietnamese and the local Muslim community.
    • Baba’s Kitchen caters for many of the Foreign Consulates in Saigon, including the Malaysian General Consulate.  It is the busiest halal restaurant in town.
    • Baba’s Kitchen is ranked the 3rd best restaurant in HCMC according to Trip Advisor.  This restaurant is always packed in the evenings.
    • Highly recommend the Northern Thali, my favorite from Baba’s.  Butter chicken is another one of my favorites. (more…)

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Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

New Turkish Halal Restaurant – Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

Edit 1: new address -> Sc3-1 My Khang, Nguyen Luong Bang, District 7, HCMC

Finally, Vietnam’s first authentic halal Turkish restaurant has opened up in Saigon’s District 2.  Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant is run by the Turkish chef from the Horizon International Bilingual School, where I worked at IT Director last year, and his family.  If you love kebabs, Turkish meatballs or just want some strong Turkish coffee, then come visit Berru in An Phu.

Mr. Cem, the owner and chef from Berru, invited me over today to visit his restaurant.  It was actually open for a month and already caters to the An Phu Turkish community plus some Expats from Thao Dien.  I was a bit surprised when I pulled up to the front entrance, it looks and feels like a Turkish restaurant I visited in Istanbul.

First of all, this restaurant is halal, you will not find any alcohol here.  The halal meat comes from the Chau Doc Muslim community (beef) and District 7/8 Muslim community (chicken).  All of the ingredients and food items at Berru are halal.  This is something you will not see at the “certified” halal restaurants in Saigon.

Turkish Coffee at Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

Turkish Coffee at Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant

Before ordering, I started out with a strong Turkish Coffee.  As usual, this cup of Turkish coffee (more…)

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