Top 10 Best Japanese Restaurants in Saigon [UPDATED]
Ho Chi Minh City is noisy and bustling, so why don't you try Japanese cuisine in the cozy space of Japan-style architecture right in the heart of this crowded city? Surely it will be an interesting experience for a perfect Saigon tour. Join BestPrice Travel to list the top 10 Japanese restaurants in Saigon with the best foods and atmosphere you can't miss.
1. Towa - Japanese Cuisine
- Address: 28th Floor, Sedona Suites, No.94 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., District 1.
- Opening hours: 11.30 am - 11.00 pm
- Price range: NA
For anyone who is fond of fine dining experience, Towa is definitely the best choice. There is no fixed menu at Towa as it may be changed by day or by season, you book the table, you come, and enjoy what the chef offers today. The art of Omakase is represented perfectly here with the skillful talented hands of the chef and high-graded ingredients imported from Japan. To create each exquisite dish here, Towa bought the finest fish and seafood from the famous Toyosu Market in Tokyo and some seasonal fishes from Hokkaido and Nagasaki Bay. Especially, you will never forget the taste of the blue-fin tuna here which is selected carefully from Kochi, Japan. In Towa, only the perfect dishes created from the best ingredients, cook beautifully, and present elegantly can come to the table - all the best for diners.
Not only the foods, but Towa also focuses on the customer’s experience with beverages. It has a flawless bar that serves amazingly wonderful authentic Japanese cocktails for diners. In addition, don’t forget to have a bottle of Sake here as Towa only provides the best!
The space and view are also highlights of Towa. There is no doubt that this place is the most beautiful Japanese restaurant in Saigon. The restaurant is divided into many zones with different experiences and atmospheres from cozy to spacious, from crowded to private which can fit with each diners’ demand from family or friends gathering to business diners. Also, the view here is stunning as the location of Towa allows you to have panoramic scenery of Saigon from above.
2. Sorae Restaurant & Lounge
- Address: 24th - 25th Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 11.30 am - 11.00 pm
- Price range: $3.2 - $282.6
“Sorae” – Above the sky, as its name suggests. It is one of the Japanese restaurants with the most spectacular views and an ideal destination in the heart of Saigon. Located on the 24th and 25th floors of a building in the city center, Sorae is a must-try Japanese restaurant for any gourmet in the heart of the city with the most sophisticated culinary style. This restaurant is the ideal place for diners who want to enjoy unique Japanese culinary experiences and immerse themselves in the cultural beauty of Tokyo right in the magnificent Saigon.
Not only famous for the sashimi with the freshest ingredients both caught in Vietnam and imported directly from the famous Tsukiji and Osaka seafood markets of Japan, but Sorae restaurant also has a Yakitori & Beer Kitchen area, where the chefs make yakitori with equally outstanding ingredients such as Wagyu beef or Angus beef grilled on a fiery red charcoal stove to create the best flavors. In Sorae, the quintessence of Japanese cuisine with each dish is a work of art made from the dedication of more than 20 top chefs.
3. Sushi Sun Restaurant
- Address: No.46 Nguyen Cu Trinh St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 11.00 am - 8.00 pm
- Price range: $0.8 - $75
If you are finding a Japanese restaurant serving Sashimi and Sushi at reasonable prices, Sushi Sun should be at your top list. The restaurant is not so big but decored in traditional Japanese style with wooden details and comfortable spacious seats. Sushi Sun has a diverse menu with many types of Japanese food such as Otsumami, Sashimi, Maki, Sushi, Age Mono, Men Rui, Kushi Yaki, Sakana Yaki, Gohan, and Nabe. However, as mentioned, the signature here is the Sashimi which is created by daily fresh fish and seafood but not expensive, indeed, compared with its quality, the price is so affordable.
4. Oedo Alley Restaurant
- Address: L5-09 Saigon Centre, No.65 Le Loi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 10.30 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: $2.3 - $8.6
Located on the 5th floor of the high-end Saigon Center mall, Oedo Alley welcomes you with a large red gate with an old Edo-style dome and bright, shiny signs. More than a restaurant, Oedo Alley is a "6 in 1" culinary complex with each brand is copyrighted from Japan, serving quality food at prices that "can't be cheaper".
Leaving the flashy and bustling shopping area behind, follow the beautiful girls in Yukata (a Japanese traditional costume) into the world of Oedo Alley, you will see shops with ancient designs using wood as the main material; from the lampposts, lanterns to the model of the ancient castle, all make you feel like you are in a miniature modern version of Edo town.
In this place, everything that is praised as the quintessence of Japanese cuisine such as Sushi, Ramen, Udon, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, etc. all converge through the presence of 6 famous brands: Sushisen, Ramen Bankara, Tamoya Udon, Tokyo Sundubu, Botejyu, and Gourmet Yatai. With the existence of Oedo Alley, you don’t have to go to Osaka to enjoy Boteiyu pancakes or get to Sanuki to enjoy Tamoya's Udon, as all the typical world-known Japanese foods can be found here.
5. Renkon Restaurant Saigon
- Address: 70/10A Hai Ba Trung St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 5 pm - 12 am
- Price range: $1.9 - $108.7
The owners named the restaurant "Renkon", which in Japanese means “lotus’s roots”, to symbolize its deep connection with Vietnamese culture. Renkon was designed by renowned architect Sean Dix, who has designed iconic buildings such as Yardbird and Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong. Renkon's interiors combine bare concrete with light yellow-brown wood to create a strong impression of raw-wood style.
Renkon is more like a pub where people can come and hang out with their friends while enjoying delightful foods and drinks (especially alcohol). With a capacity of 72 people on both floors, downstairs is a lively bar space, serving Vietnamese craft beer, wine, sake, soju, Japanese whiskey, and in-house cocktails. The focal point of the upstairs is the white charcoal-grill table, with the menu focused on shared grills, noodles, and other bar snacks. Not only design or food, to show the dynamic spirit of the restaurant, Renkon’s staff also wear street-style uniforms designed by Vans.
“Renkon is more than a restaurant, it's a work of art,” says Michael Piro, co-founder of Renkon Restaurant.
6. Sushi Rei Restaurant
- Address: No.10E1 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 5.30 pm - 10 pm
- Price range: from $150
Sushi Rei is the only restaurant that inherits and fully promotes culinary elements from Masuda Restaurant in Aoyama (Japan). For anyone who is finding a place to have the best Sushi in Saigon, it is not possible to ignore this address as sushi is always the signature.
In Sushi Rei, they serve Omakase menus which are believed as the most high-end Japanese culinary experience. Each week, the best seasonal fishes are imported directly from Japan. These ingredients are selected by "sushi master" Sawaguchi himself from Tsukiji Market - a famous wholesale market for fresh Japanese seafood. In addition, this restaurant can also provide you with a variety of personalized seafood such as raw oysters, pufferfish, Taraba crab, king crab, lobster, abalone, etc. If you are craving Japanese items, especially sushi, don't forget to visit Sushi Rei restaurant.
7. Kissho Restaurant
- Address: No.14 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm
- Price range: $1.7 - $234.4
Kissho is one of the largest Japanese restaurants with Teppanyaki grills in the city, offering up to 50 seats. Kissho's teppan chefs are true artists, skilled in every move and performance that makes food dancing on the pan. Waiting in anticipation, listening to the pleasant sizzling sound of food on the hot griddle, inhaling the rich aroma of grilled ingredients, you will fully enjoy your foods with all the senses are satisfied from eyes, ears, to nose, and mouth. At Kissho, you can feel more clearly the characteristic teppanyaki flavor with soft and fragrant meats and seafood mixed in the sauce.
8. Sushi Hokkaido Sachi
- Address 1: 139 A-B Nguyen Trai St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 2: 40 - 42 Dong Du St., District 1, Ho Chi minh City
- Address 3: L5-17 Saigon Centre, 67 Le Loi St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 4: 172H - 172Q Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 5: 180 Pasteur St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 6: B2-07 Vincom Center Dong Khoi, 72 Le Thanh Ton St., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 7: 162 Phan Xich Long St., Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 8: GF-29B Cresent Mall, 101 Ton Dat Tien, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
- Address 9: LE-05-06, 30B Estella Place, 88 Song Hanh, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 10.30 am - 10.00 pm
- Price range: $1.3 - $63.5
This place will bring you a culinary space imbued with the cultural identity and culinary quintessence of the Japanese from design style, decoration to tables and chairs, and the service is a very bold Japanese impression. You will feel the meticulousness and refinement of the Japanese in each dish, bowl, spoon, and chopsticks. Everything is very clean and tidy.
Hokkaido Sachi specializes in sushi and sashimi dishes. Getting here, you will have a chance to taste authentic sushi and sashimi. All ingredients are imported from the beautiful Hokkaido island (Japan) to guarantee the freshness and quality of foods. In addition to the finest seafood, the rice to make sushi is also a factor to make the restaurant name. Rice for cooking in Hokkaido Sachi is imported 100% from Japan. When you put a piece of sushi in your mouth, you will instantly fall for it because of the fresh sweetness of seafood mixed with the fragrant, fatty taste of new rice. After trying sushi in Hokkaido, you will no longer be able to feel where there is a more authentic Sushi taste than that.
9. Kasen Restaurant
- Address: No.101 Le Thi Rieng St., Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 11.30 am - 9.30 pm
- Price range: $2.2 - $56.5
For anyone who has not tried Omakase culinary art, Kasen restaurant is a good choice as it serves Omakase at reasonable prices compared to other famous Japanese restaurants in Saigon. Not just authentic traditional Japanese recipes, there are many modern and fusion dishes available here such as Foie Gras Nigiri, Halibut Sashimi with Truffle Oil, Seafood Ceviche, and Beef Taco. Besides the delicious foods, don’t forget to try the signature Sake menu here included many choices from budget to luxury ones with the most expensive option being around $400/bottle.
10. Syunkato Restaurant
- Address: 17 Ngo Van Nam, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 11 am - 11 pm
- Price range: $3.2 - $52.2
You will be impressed right at the time you arrive at Syunkato. It is a stunning Japanese restaurant with an excellent design that was created by Atsushi Kawaguchi - a famous Japanese architect. The restaurant got the silver prize at A’ Design Award for its outstanding architecture. Syunkato is not overly decorative; instead, its design focuses on choosing simple and raw materials. The first floor of the restaurant has a bar with a checkout counter, a soba-making area facing the main street, and a kitchen counter. The second floor is a series of dining tables. In order to avoid passing the line of sight between the diners and the feeling of suffocation, wooden partitions of various shapes were also used to ensure comfort.
And most importantly, the cuisine is the centerpiece. Soba noodles are the signature of this restaurant and the inspiration for its design comes from this dish’s characteristics and spirit. It's a simple dish, but it has a very long history and carries a deep meaning. Besides Soba, Syunkato also scores with its fresh sashimi, sushi, and also its luxury Omakase menu with delicate dishes.
BestPrice Team hopes that the above top 10 delicious and high-quality Japanese restaurants in Saigon will help you choose the right Japanese cuisine space for relaxing moments with family and friends. Wishing anyone who loves the culture of the land of cherry blossoms can fully enjoy Japanese cuisine when coming to these famous restaurants.
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