Introduction │What Is Vietnamese Dishes?
Vietnamese cuisine is largely influenced by Chinese and French food culture. Vietnam is a neighbor of China, where rice-eating culture and mainstream cooking processes (stir-frying, steaming, and boiling) have long taken root. French culture took root during the colonial period. Bread and coffee, which are familiar in báinh mì, as well as pepper and spices, have spread to Vietnam since that time.
On the other hand, there are several unique seasonings in Vietnamese cuisine, such as “nucumam,” a fermented fish, which is used in many Vietnamese dishes.
In other words, Vietnamese cuisine is unique in that it combines the influences of two very different cultures, China and France, with its own unique taste.
In addition, Vietnamese cuisine is relatively healthy because it basically uses more vegetables and herbs than fish and meat. In this respect, it has become popular among Japanese women in recent years.
In this article, the author, who is Vietnamese, will introduce seven recommended Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo that he has visited so far without discovery.
【Ebisu, Shibuya-ku】Nha Viet Nam Head Office
|address||Ishikawa Building, 1-9-3 Ebisu-Minami, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||lunch 11：30a.m.～5：00p.m. / dinner 5：00～10：00p.m.|
|regular holiday||open every day on the year|
|access||JR: 3 min walk from Ebisu Station West Exit / Hibiya Line: 3 min walk from Ebisu Station|
|price guideline||lunch￥1,000～￥1,999 dinner￥3,000～￥3,999|
Nha Viet Nam Ebisu in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, is one of the must-visit Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo, built in 2002 at the request of the Embassy and marked by its white and brown building.
The concept is that you can spend time in Ebisu as if you were in the local Vietnam in terms of food, clothing, shelter, culture, customs, and atmosphere, making you feel as if you were back in Vietnam.
In addition to the standard menu items such as “hot pot” and “báinh mì,” you can also enjoy other Vietnamese dishes that are rare in Japan, such as Vietnamese hot pot and southern-style báinh xèo. The restaurant can be used for a wide range of purposes, including lunch, dinner with friends, and also offers a drinking menu. According to word of mouth, the pho soup has a good reputation for being moderately thick and tasty, so it can be said to be authentic and suitable for Japanese people as well.
The chef in charge of cooking is of course a Vietnamese chef, so you can taste real Vietnamese food in both taste and presentation.
In addition, it is a rare Vietnamese restaurant that allows pets, so it is recommended for those who want to enjoy their meal with their dog or cat.
The first floor is a casual cafe and store. You can purchase pottery and sundries that the staff bought locally. In addition, lotus tea, popular among women, and ao dai, a traditional costume, are also available.
The 2nd floor is a restaurant with table seating, tatami rooms, and private rooms. In the space created in the image of a luxury hotel in Vietnam, you can enjoy a relaxing time.
【Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Koto-ku】 Diner Vàng
|address||3-10-3 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||lunch 11:30a.m.～2:00p.m. / dinner 5:00p.m.～10:00 (open only for lunch on Tuesdays)|
|access||Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line and Oedo Line: 7-minute walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station|
|price guideline||lunch￥1,000～￥1,999 dinner￥5,000～￥5,999|
Diner Vàng is a popular Vietnamese restaurant in Kiyosumi-Shirakawa, Koto-ku. The restaurant owns its own farm, where it grows mainly pesticide-free pak choi and herbs. The fact that they use vegetables and herbs grown there shows their strong commitment. Lunch is always popular.
The lunch menu is available from 11:30 to 14:00, and includes the sandwich Banh Mi, rice-flour noodle Pho, and slightly spicy noodle dish Bun Bo Hue, with a single item costing approximately 770 to 990 yen. For an additional 385 yen, you can add a fresh or deep-fried spring roll and a drink.
The regular menu also includes other dishes such as steamed bain cuon, papaya salad, bain xeo, grilled duck, and other dishes that are eaten locally in Vietnam and are familiar throughout the country.
Drinks also include many Vietnamese beverages such as Vietnamese coffee, Hanoi beer, Saigon Special, 333 (bar-bar-bar), and glutinous rice liquor.
＋You can also add today’s lunch dessert for +100 yen. After a meal of spicy Vietnamese cuisine, a sweet dessert is a winner.
This restaurant, with table, counter, and terrace seating, is spacious with high ceilings. You will feel a sense of openness and a casual yet stylish Vietnamese atmosphere.
【Ayase, Adachi-ku】Việt Nam Xưa
|address||3-11-18 Ayase, Adachi-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||[Monday to Friday] 11:00a.m.～3:00p.m. 5:00p.m.～11:30p.m.(L.O) [Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays] 11:00～23:30(L.O)|
|regular holiday||open every day on the year|
|access||Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line: 3 minutes walk from Ayase Station (266m)|
|price guideline||lunch：～￥999 dinner￥2,000～￥2,999|
Located under the elevated railway tracks of Ayase Station on the Chiyoda Line in Adachi-ku, Tokyo, this restaurant has a unique name that is sure to catch your ear. The name of the restaurant was chosen straight from the heart because the owner wanted to express old Vietnam in the restaurant and on the menu. As the concept suggests, the restaurant offers a homey atmosphere and Vietnamese home-style cuisine. It is also popular among Vietnamese living in Japan.
Lunch is served from 11:00 to 15:00. Lunch sets include pho, spring rolls, Vietnamese fried rice (com xang), bahn mi, curry, and a com tam set that includes pork with sauce and rice. A drink is also included for an extra 200 yen. The volume is more than the price, and it is high-cost.
The dinner menu is also extensive, ranging from spring rolls, pho, bánh xèo, Vietnamese ham, and meat to fish dishes. You can also enjoy eels, which are commonly eaten in Hanoi.
|address||1F, 3-42-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||【Tuesday to Friday】 6:00p.m.～9:00p.m.(L.O.) 【Saturdays and Sundays】 12:00p.m.～1:30p.m.(L.O.) 6:00p.m.～9:00p.m.(L.O.)|
|access||Tokyo Metro Ginza Line: Approx. 4 minutes walk from Gaienmae Station Exit 3|
|price guideline||lunch ￥6,000～￥7,999 / dinner ￥10,000～￥14,999|
A Michelin-listed Vietnamese restaurant that has had a restaurant in Jingumae, Shibuya-ku since 2017. Many people think of Vietnamese food as casual street food, but Andy’s offers a sumptuous course of modern Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant’s sophisticated storefront and stylish wood interior make it possible to enjoy a meal in a relaxed atmosphere. It is an upscale restaurant, which is rare among Vietnamese restaurants in Japan.
Open only for dinner on weekdays and for both lunch and dinner on weekends. The lunch course is priced at 7,800 yen. The appetizers, fish and meat dishes, and the main dish of pho are prepared using different ingredients depending on the season, so you can enjoy them every time you visit the restaurant, even if you visit every season.
Dinner is 8,800 yen for a course, which of course differs from lunch in cuisine. Whether for dinner or lunch, you can enjoy a slightly more mature atmosphere.
【Okubo, Shinjuku-ku】Vietnam Chan
|address||1-19-17 Hyakunincho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||lunch 11:30a.m.～3:00p.m. / dinner 5:30p.m.～11:00p.m.|
|regular holiday||open every day on the year *May be closed during the year-end and New Year holidays.|
|access||JR Sobu Line: 153m from Okubo Station|
|price guideline||lunch￥1,000～￥1,999 / dinner￥3,000～￥3,999|
Vietnamese restaurant “Vietnam-chan” is very popular among both Japanese and Vietnamese in Shin-Okubo, near Shinjuku. The slogan of the restaurant is “It would be a shame for Vietnamese food to not be absolutely delicious, which you may be eating for the first time in your life.” This is a passionate slogan.
There are three types of lunch for 1000 yen. Two of them are pho, and the other one is a set that changes daily. The set comes with fried spring rolls, fresh spring rolls and salad. All of them are hearty and recommended for men.
In the evening, the restaurant offers a menu that can be enjoyed by one person or a large group. You can taste a wide range of Vietnamese dishes from stir-fries, spring rolls, noodle dishes to rice dishes. Beer is also great for comparing beers, as six types of Japanese and Vietnamese beer are offered.
【Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku】Saigon Restaurant
|address||Torikoma Daiichi Building 3F, 1-7-10 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||[Monday to Friday] 11:00a.m.～3:00p.m. / 5:00p.m.〜10:30p.m. [Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday]11:00a.m.～3:00p.m. / 4:30p.m.〜11:00p.m.|
|regular holiday||The year-end and new year holidays|
|access||JR Yamanote Line, Saikyo Line, Seibu-Ikebukuro Line: 4 minutes walk from East Exit of Ikebukuro Station|
|price guideline||lunch￥1,000～￥1,999 dinner￥3,000～￥3,999|
Saigon Restaurant is a Vietnamese restaurant that has been the talk of the town on TV and in magazines. The restaurant boasts Vietnamese cuisine that makes the most of seasonal ingredients. It is one of the oldest Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo, having been in operation since 1988. Many local customers have been coming here for a long time. The restaurant’s interior is decorated in a uniquely Vietnamese style, so you can feel as if you are in Vietnam even though you are in Ikebukuro. Another secret of the restaurant’s popularity is that many of the dishes are seasoned to Japanese tastes. Of course, the food is delicious even when eaten by Vietnamese.
Lunch is often crowded, even on weekdays, and the restaurant fills up quickly. On weekdays, we recommend the Saigon Set, which includes papaya salad, spring rolls and an order of one dish such as pho or rice. The price is 1,290 yen.
For dinner, there are a variety of all-you-can-drink menus and course menus available for large group drinks and launches. Incidentally, there is also a spiritual cuisine (an chai) course that requires reservations, which is recommended for vegetarians.
There is also a second store at the west exit of Ikebukuro. The bain-mee made from homemade buckets is very popular. Its convenient location, 5 minutes from the station, is also attractive.
|address||(Asakusa Store) Asakusa Underground Mall, 1-1-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo|
|business hours||lunch 12:00p.m.～2:30p.m. / dinner 18:00～22:00|
|regular holiday||Mondays・non-scheduled holiday|
|access||Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line, Tobu Skytree Line: 88m from Asakusa Station|
|price guideline||lunch￥2,000～￥2,999 / dinner￥3,000～￥3,999|
Authentic” is a Vietnamese restaurant located in the Asakusa Station underground shopping mall directly connected to the station. The name “Authentic” means “genuine” or “authentic. As the name suggests, you can enjoy authentic traditional Vietnamese cuisine that has not been arranged in a Japanese style.
Originally, the restaurant was located in Koenji from 2007 to 2009 under the name of Vietnamese Cuisine Authentic, but later relocated to Asakusa in 2011, where it remains today. There is also a store in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture.
The lunch menu includes pho and bun bo hue.
For dinner, diners can enjoy a variety of Vietnamese dishes with a local flavor. A la carte dishes that go well with beer, such as spring rolls and stir-fries, are popular. For a reserved course, the chef will serve Vietnamese dishes using seasonal vegetables.
In this issue, we have introduced seven recommended Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo. Compared to the past, the number of Vietnamese restaurants in Tokyo has really increased. Therefore, many people may have a hard time deciding which Vietnamese restaurant to go to.
What I can say about all of these restaurants is that you can feel Vietnam while being in Tokyo. Of course, the Vietnamese food is superb. There is no doubt about this.