Are there any Vietnamese Restaurants in Chengdu?
I'm interested in finding this out too. I remember reading somewhere there was a Vietnamese restaurant in Wanda Plaza, but I have not been to check it out for authenticity or to see if it actually exists. Anyone know of any restaurants? I want some pho!
Yes, it's on the third floor of Wanda Plaza, but off on a side alley away from all the other restaurants. Close to the Baby MBA school. Not the best pho ever, but the snacks are always fun and the Vietnamese drip coffee with condensed milk satisfies a craving.
is it expensive? i love the coffee with condensed milk. is that the only vietnamese place in town?
There's a vietnamese restaurant in Tongzilin on 紫荆中路 right before the road dead ends. I went there hoping for a lot...and I was charged a lot. The food was vietnamese for chinese people. No fish sauce, little herbs. It was in overpriced as most of the places there are also pricey. Not going back, but that's the best I've had so far in Chengdu.
The place in Tongzilin, did you go recently? I thought it had already closed.
Yes the place misubi said has been closed for a while. That's the only one in Tongzilin area. The restaurant in Wanda Plaza(Jinhua Wanda) on Second Ring was acceptable. They usually have real herbs like lemon grass, and the prices are reasonable. It can solve your craving for vietnam food temporarily.
Which part of Second Ring, is Wanda Plaza? Does anybody have an address? Google doesn't give me anything.
Wanda Plaza is here: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cid=2897918223430821789 (Second Ring Road East, Section Five).
I've never tried the restaurant so no comment there.
Wife and me were there first time on Valentines. Nothing spectacular compared to Perth Vietnamese restaurants. No desserts like "chengdol" or "ice karchang". The fish dish came with french fries. Westernised. Fried rice was actually Thai pineapple rice. Good side!! agree, coffee drip was excellent with condensed milk. If you eat a total of RMB 150, you get back a voucher of RMB50 to be used within 2 months.
Wanda Plaza doesn't have a single good restaurant afaik, and I bet that Vietnamese restaurant is fake (otherwise you'd heard about before as everyone is waiting for a real one).
So been to that "Vietnamese-Taiwanese" Pho place in the global center. Food tastes nothing like Vietnamese, it's just bland Chinese stuff that makes you feel a bit depressed on the way home. Prices are outrageous for what it is (small portions), and service really bad. Also no fapiaos which is strange since it's a chain operation from Shanghai.
We should have walked out when spotting: "The Chinese Burrito" on the menu.
Also bad: Lime Garden at Taikooli - after queuing for 30 min I was told that they didn't have the Vietnamese spring rolls the very dish which i wanted to order. The food has little to do with authentic Vietnamese - it's basically another Chengdu Thai hotpot in disguise and not surprising their head chef is Thai - but even the Thai dishes are a pretty sad affair.
I haven't been brave enough to try the "Little Vietnam" in Tongzilin yet.
My two cents on Nha Trang on the 5th floor of the IFS mall, I went there twice:
First time: ordered a shrimp summer roll, somehow they managed to divide a single, tiny shrimp into six pieces, one for each piece of the summer roll.
Second time: ordered a Vietnamese baguette sandwich, waited 25 minutes for it; it was the saddest sandwich that I have eaten in a long time (even by China standards), two paper thin slivers of meat in a segment of regular (non-Vietnamese style) French baguette. RMB 34 + 5 cover charge for the priviledge.
Conclusion: won't be going there again.
I've heard that the one in Tongzilin isn't worth the effort either.
I've been to a few of the places mentioned so far and confirm that they are all crap. With a Vietnamese mother, and having grown up on Vietnamese food, I'm picky about my pho.
I actually made a trip to Saigon last month just to finally get some real pho after 4 years of living in China. Then I stumbled upon a real gem in Lan Kwai Fong right next to the Shangrila Hotel.
Authentic tasting Pho with a good assortment of meats including the chewy bits (a little pricey at 49 RMB)
OK spring rolls (they're rolled too loosely, but decently filled and comes with a sweet hoisin sauce)
Vietnamese iced coffee (with condensed milk)
Good Bun Thit Nuong (dry noodles with fried egg rolls and fish sauce)
It's a little expensive, but the best option for Vietnamese in Chengdu so far, so I think it's worth it. There were also other interesting things on the menu like Singaporean Laksa that I might try some time.
I forgot the name but I think it's near the hooters and across from a nice coffee shop. I think it was Hui Coffee.
It's opposite Mooney's at Shuijingfang. Yeah it lookws okish, but not tempting enough, but I may take your word and take the risk. Soon TM
That place Ziich is talking about is called 华越楼 HuaYueLou and it's in the new 水井界 ShuiJingJie area which is next to Lan Kwai Fong.
It's right next to the Shangri-la and Mooneys.
Some people think it's all LKF but that new development is so much better than crappy LKF.
(Off topic, what a waste of money for that waste of space street!!).
Chengdu doesn't have many Vietnamese restaurants, so it's perhaps not saying much that I think that's the best one I've come across!
But really, it's not bad at all and I've been to Vietnam and generally like to eat Vietnamese food whenever I can find it.
They have pretty decent lunch set menu, 48 Kuai for various things.
I like their Vermicelli salad with BBQ Beef!
I can also second what livinginchengdoo said about Nha Trang.
I tried it once and the only thing I can remember about it now is that I promised myself never to go back!
I think it was overpriced and not authentic.
That place was empty for dinner which should have been a dead giveaway.
The service was not worth mentioning, the seating a bit odd, although it was almost empty orders took a while. What amazed me is how one could sell Vietnamese food without using any herbs? The meat was also "weird" with a bit of long lasting nasty after taste. My favorite disappointment was the noodle soup, which took the longest and believe it or not the Angel Hair was undercooked, it was like eating dry fangbianmian!
Just another fail.
Good new, i have found new Vietnamese restaurant in Chengdu. Its in 交桂路89号付21号 - 西龚先生。
Name of Restaurant is Mr Saigon, Boss and Chef are Local Vietnamese. The Phở taste so great - original flavour. Could say the best Phở i have taste in Chengdu so far.
Price reasonable as well - However their menu quite Simple. As my conversation with the Boss - he's will update Slowly the menu. He's waiting feedback from Chinese customer.
Nevertheless, all the food is Good Authentic. Must try
That's the place in the north near the Jiaotong Uni? Do they have fresh spring rolls?
they have also - you can add their Wechat 13036680080. I've been there several times. Food's good must try
The location near 凯德广场 and Jiaotong Uni as you mentioned.