Best Sushi in Saigon

By: Mervin Lee

A Definitive List of Saigon’s Select and Seriously Succulent Sushi

Japanese cuisine is often quoted as one of the most popular gastronomical cultures in the world from both a Western and Asian perspective. Perhaps rather unsurprisingly, sushi was ranked 4th in CNN’s World’s 50 best foods list earlier this year. Valued for its simplicity, freshness and focus on both technique and aesthetics, we completely empathise if you’re going through a unnerving bout of sushi-craving right now.

Finding quality sushi in Southeast Asia can be a chore. To help our readers with that, we did some serious research and taste-testing to name the best places in Ho Chi Minh City to pacify your longing for vinegared rice, maki rolls and raw fish. Do note that some places included on our list may possibly not be considered completely authentic if analysed with a Japanese palate; factors including taste and price-performance ratio received equal weighting.

Chiyoda Sushi

Address: 178 Pasteur, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1   
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Price: Platters from VND200,000, à la carte sushi from VND50,000

A reputable restaurant chain with 200 outlets hailing from Tokyo, Chiyoda Sushi Saigon debuted its first location in Saigon earlier this year to bring authentic, fresh and affordable sushi to the Vietnamese masses. Beyond its authentic Japanese food, the proprietors of Chiyoda Sushi also promise a truly Japanese experience in terms of atmosphere and service quality.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4.5 stars; Google reviews 4.3 stars. Reviewers commented on the high quality of the sushi at very affordable prices.

Kid Friendly: The restaurant is large and should have no issues accommodating families.

Business Lunch: Splendid lunch choices including sushi gozen and rice bowl sets are available daily ranging from ~VND178,000++ to ~VND248,000++.

Romantic Dining: We see no reason why this wouldn’t work with the help of delicious sushi, reasonable prices and comfortable Japanese-style seating and setting.

Large Groups: With a spacious floor plan, we believe that Chiyoda Sushi will have no issues accommodating larger groups. Reserve in advance if you are worried.

Parking: Car parking is available 100 metres away from the restaurant at Han Thuyen street and at 140 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia.

Tokitsu Nada

Address: 8A/A9 Thái Văn Lung, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1   
Opening Hours: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Price: Platters from VND300,000, Lunch sets including both sushi and hot pot from VND250,000

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A gem hidden within alley 8A Thai Van Lung, commonly known as Saigon’s Little Tokyo, Tokitsu Nada serves up delicious sushi and a rare Japanese speciality rarely found beyond its shores: Chanko Nabe (Sumo-wrestler’s Hot Pot). Tokitsu Nada is a great example of a Japanese restaurant that excels in a wide range of specialities. Numerous set combinations are available where one can enjoy both sushi and hot pot at the same time.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4 stars; Google reviews 4.5 stars. Many of the reviews found online are translated from Japanese, meaning the restaurant is well-frequented by Japanese people. This alone is a sure sign of quality. In addition to the sushi, reviewers were very impressed by the copious hot pot.

Kid Friendly: The location is not small for Japanese standards nor large for Western standards. So as long as children behave it should be perfectly fine to have them with you.

Business Lunch: Amazing lunch combos are available at Tokitsu Nadathe biggest reason to visit.

Romantic Dining: With a truly Japanese setting that resembles dining right at the heart of Tokyo, we see no reason why this wouldn’t work.

Large Groups: Groups larger than four may find it difficult to share the same table here.

Parking: Motorbike parking is available after the entrance of 8A Thai Van Lung alley (VND10,000).

Sushi Rei

Address: 10E1 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Đa Kao Ward, District 1  
Opening Hours: 5.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Price: VND3,000,000 ‘OMAKASE’ special course. You’re paying for quality.

We’d describe this place as premium and definitely at a level that deserves a Michelin star. In fact, Sushi Rei Saigon is a branch of Sushi Masuda, a double Michelin star sushi restaurant from Tokyo. The chefs at Sushi Rei devote most of their efforts to selecting the best fish that is imported directly from Japan on a regular basis. This means that the menu is seasonal; you’ll get to enjoy the freshest produce every season. Masters here also take pride in creating great sushi-rice, known as syari in Japanese—without great tasting savoury vinegared rice, the taste of raw fish would not be adequately accentuated. Reserve in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 5 stars; Google reviews 4.5 stars. Reviewers are impressed with the fact that everything, even the water and the staff, come from Japan. The only negative reviews are centred around the restaurant being a bit difficult to find.

Kid Friendly: With a VIP-style setting that accommodates eight people at the sushi counter and six people in a private room, we do not recommend bringing children.

Romantic Dining: You’ll definitely impress a date on a visit to Sushi Rei.

Large Groups: Diners are able to reserve the private room that accommodates six people if the group spends a minimum of VND12,000,000.

Parking: Both car and motorbike parking are available in front of the restaurant.

Kiyota Sushi Sake Restaurant

Address: 53 Phạm Viết Chánh, W. 19, Bình Thạnh District  
Opening Hours: 5.00 - 11 p.m. daily.
Price: Omakase sets at VND500,000, VND700,000 and VND900,000 per pax.

Tucked within Saigon’s second Little Japan in Binh Thanh district, this admirable joint is a good indicator of an burgeoning Japanese expat population in Ho Chi Minh City. Chef Kiyota Koutarou from Miyazaki Prefecture runs the show here and is dedicated to bringing tasty sushi to Japanese expats and locals at a highly competitive price. As the name suggests, the wide range of Japanese liquors is also a draw at Kiyota Sushi Sake Restaurant. We’d also suggest following it on Facebook for a daily dose of raw fish food porn.

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Reviews: Google reviews 4.8 stars; 4.9 on Facebook. Kiyota Sushi Sake restaurant gets very high scores for quality, atmosphere and service; however, the overall score is brought down only slightly by location.

Kid Friendly: Kiyota Sushi Sake Restaurant is a typical Japanese-style sushi bar featuring counter seats and may not be suitable for younger children. Teenagers will likely have no problems here.

Romantic Dining: Kiyota Sushi Sake Restaurant offers only bar counter seats which may be a great experience or a deal breaker depending on your date.

Large Groups: The restaurant sports a few non-counter tables and may be able to accommodate groups of four to six.

Parking: Motorbike parking available. The area is very local and may not be suitable for parking cars.

Sorae Sushi Sake Lounge

Address: L24, AB Tower, 76A Lê Lai, Bến Thành Ward, District 1  
Opening Hours: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5.30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Price: Sushi platters from VND500,000++ omakase sets from VND2,690,000++

Located on the 24th and 25th level of AB Tower on Le Lai street, Sorae is an excellent choice when you’re looking for a combination of Japanese gastronomy, amazing cocktails and an equally amazing view of Saigon’s increasingly vibrant skyline—probably the best Japanese place on our list for a late-night weekend retreat with friends. Another highlight at Sorae is a Yakitori and Beer Kitchen corner that serves up delectable chicken skewers and wagyu steaks grilled over charcoal fire.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4.5 stars; Google reviews 4.4 stars. Reviewers were almost universal in their appreciation of the stunning views and excellent location. However, service could be improved, according to a few comments.

Kid Friendly: We do not recommend bringing kids here due to the classy setting and alcohol-oriented environment.

Business Lunch: Definitely, for a client you want to impress.

Romantic Dining: We feel that the mesmerising view from Sorae is a value-added feature, perfect for dates.

Large Groups: The restaurant has absolutely no issues handling large groups.

Parking: Ample car and motorbike parking is available at AB Tower’s basement parking area.

Sushi Hung

Address 1: 15B/14 Lê Thánh Tôn, Bến Nghé Ward, District 1  
Address 2: 49B Quốc Hương, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2 
Opening Hours: 5.30 - 11 p.m. daily.
Price: Omakase sets VND500,000, VND700,000 VND900,000 per pax.

Chef Hung, a young and talented Vietnamese Sushi master, brings his own renditions of omakase to Vietnam after years of training in Japan. Often described by local fans as a Vietnamese version of Sushi Rei and valued by the Japanese expat community for it’s ‘CP Value’ (Japanese English for price-performance ratio), Hung has also recently expanded to Thao Dien Ward, so many expats are in luck for great sushi without needing to travel all the way to district 1.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4.5 stars; Google reviews 4.4 stars. The majority of comments talk about the excellent sushi; however, be aware that if you don’t book in advance, you may be out of luck!

Kid Friendly: We do not recommend children here for similar reasons as at other counter-style sushi bars.

Romantic Dining: If you and/or your other half are Vietnamese, communication will not be a problem since the proprietors of the restaurant are Vietnamese too.

Large Groups: We do not recommend large groups here for the same reasons that apply to any typical counter-style sushi bars.

Parking: Motorbike parking is available at after the entrance of 8A alley (VND10,000).

ROLL

Address: 28 Thảo Điền, Thảo Điền ward, District 2  
Opening Hours: 11.00 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.
Price: Basic rolls at VND55,000. Premium rolls at VND90,000. Supreme rolls at VND130,000.

A relatively new contender in the scene, ROLL’s Japanese proprietors bring a refreshing concept to the sushi scene in Ho Chi Minh City; fresh made-to-order maki rolls featuring exciting flavours such as unagi foie gras, soft shell crab, ginger pork and an ocean roll filled with salmon tuna and seabream. Rumour has it that the deep-fried karaage chicken here is to die for.

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Reviews: Facebook rate 5 stars; Google reviews 4.8 stars

Kid Friendly: ROLL Thao Dien is located within a family-friend and open-style food court with ample greenery, in our opinion perfect for kids.

Romantic Dining: With plenty of alcohol options in the vicinity, ROLL is perfect for a casual date that will not burn a hole in your wallet.

Large Groups: The food court where ROLL is located can hold large crowds.

Parking: Yes, it is available on the street.

YEN Sushi & Sake Pub

Address 1: 15A Lê Quý Đôn, W.6, District 3  
Address 2: 92 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé ward, District 1  
Address 3: 185 Nguyễn Đức Cảnh, Tân Phong, District 7  
Address 4: 8 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé ward, District 1
Premium Outlet:
123 Bà Huyện Thanh Quan, W. 9, District 3   

Price: Nigiri sushi at VND90,000, Maki rolls at VND130,000

A gastrobar that excels at a wide range of Japanese food including sushi, sashimi, rice bowls and hot pots, the creative maki rolls offered here, such as the avocado ‘caterpillar’ roll and salmon foie gras rolls, are both delicious and an escape from typical traditional styles. YEN Sushi & Sake Pub has five locations in Ho Chi Minh City, including a location in District 7 as well as a premium outlet that features stunning zen-style Japanese interior design.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4 stars; Google reviews 4.3 stars. Reviewers were impressed with the fresh oysters on the menu but were less complimentary of the sometimes slow service.

Kid Friendly: Well-behaved kids with a love of raw fish can certainly be included.

Business Lunch: Lunch sets are available at all YEN Sushi & Sake Pub locations.

Romantic Dining: Our reviewers felt that the ambience at YEN Sushi & Sake Pub locations were visually stunning, very Japanese and provided a great atmosphere for a date.

Large Groups: YEN Sushi & Sake Pub locations are spacious but it’s still recommended to reserve tables for larger groups especially for weekend dinners.

Parking: Car parking is available at locations 1, 3 and 4.

Doraemon CaCca

Address: 23 Đông Du, Bến Nghé ward, District 1 
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily
Price: Platters from VND300,000

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Definitely the most visually special venue on this list, the owner’s eccentricity and his collection of Doraemon figurines and other Japanese manga toys accompanies diners over handmade sushi and favourites such as tempura and curry rice. We were also stunned to discover that this peculiar establishment may possibly be the first sushi restaurant in Ho Chi Minh Cityit’s been open since 1998. The sashimi boat and sushi boat here are particularly popular and are on a 50 percent-off promo till 1 February 2019.

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Reviews: Tripadvisor 4 stars; Google reviews 4.3 stars. Reviewers love the irreverent atmosphere and the friendly owner.

Kid Friendly: We believe that children will enjoy the Japanese comic character setting of the restaurant.

Business Lunch: Doraemon CaCa does not offer explicit lunch deals but is open throughout the day.

Romantic Dining: It is possible to conduct a casual date at Doraemonkaka.

Large Groups: The restaurant is multi-level and not small by any measure, and should be able to accommodate medium-sized groups.

Parking: There are some car parking locations available on Dong Du street that may be somewhat expensive.

The above are what we consider to represent the Best Sushi Places in Saigon, but read on for a few suggestions that may be convenient for you.

Further Suggestions for Sushi in Saigon

The Sushi Bar

Good choice for Delivery
179B Hai Bà Trưng, D.1  
2 Tòa nhà Saigon Court, 149 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, D.1  
54 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, D.1  
Đường C - Bắc, Tân Phú, D.7

Saiko Sushi

Private rooms for large groups
104 Hai Bà Trưng, Đa Kao Ward, D.1

Sushi Ko

An option for those who want sushi but don’t want to pay too much.
122/37/15 Vĩnh Khánh, Ward 10, D.4

The reviews listed in this blog are the viewpoints of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of City Pass Guide.

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