It’s been a while since I wanted to do a list of our favorite Vietnamese restaurant. What comes into mind when you hear the word “Vietnam”? Beautiful Halong Bay. Crazy motorcycle. Rich history. Here are two that also make the list: savory pho and crunchy banh mi. Vietnamese culinary delights have blown me away on my visit last year and we see it’s becoming more imprinted into people’s mind all around the world, including Jakarta, thanks to Obama & Bourdain. Lucky for us, there’a steady rise of number of good Vietnamese restaurants in the capital. Not only they give us pho and banh mi, they also introduce us to other types of Vietnamese food.
Without further ado, here’s 6 of our favorite Vietnamese restaurant Jakarta.
1. Nam Nam Noodle Bar
Hearing the inspiring story of Chef Nam as a war refugee will indeed give you a fuzzy feeling, but Nam Nam Noodle Bar is more than just that. This Vietnamese food chain restaurant from Singapore has dazzled us with its 24-hour cooked broth, no-MSG pho bowls. With that and its refreshing Sugar Cane Juice, Nam Nam Noodle Bar remains as our go-to Vietnamese restaurant. Tried and tested numerous times. Read our review here.
Location: Nam Nam Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) and Plaza Indonesia
2. Bo & Bun PIK
Meet the new kid on the PIK block, Bo & Bun from Bali. Definitely the best-looking out of the bunch, a nice place for family gatherings. You might want to share the appetizers, but order a bowl of pho for yourself. Interesting choice of beverages: classic Vietnamese ingredients like ginger and lime, with a modern twist. Read our review here.
Location: Bo and Bun PIK (Pantai Indah Kapuk)
3. Saigon Delight
Spanning four outlets in just a little over a year, Saigon Delight is quickly taking over Jakarta with its friendly, speedy staffs and simple Vietnamese dishes. You might want to avoid lunch or dinner time, because the place is packed. Read our review here.
Location: Saigon Delight Bellagio Kuningan, Kemang Village, Grand Indonesia and Summarecon Mal Serpong
4. Cali Deli
When talking about Vietnamese restaurant Jakarta, Cali Deli is one of the pioneers when it comes to introducing banh mi to Jakarta’s culinary scene. Endless options of toppings from chicken to turkey, with a toasty Vietnamese baguette. Watch out for your jaws, because their banh mi has certainly got the height right.
Location: Cali Deli Menteng (Jalan Surabaya) and Grand Indonesia
monViet emphasizes on Vietnamese home-cooking based on family recipe that has been passed down from a mother to a daughter. Currently running on two outlets: fX Sudirman and Setiabudi One. Do give their com tam (broken rice) a try. The gem of the dish, the rice was very similar to the one I had in Ho Chi Minh. Good enough to cure the cravings and take me down memory lane.
Location: MonViet FX Senayan and Setiabudi One
6. Pho Hoa
Pho Hoa is that old friend who occasionally gives you a call, out of the blue. It has been around for years, with lots of experiences. Moves around quite a few times. Great variety of pho, no banh mi. If you work around Sudirman area, particularly WTC, this is one convenient pho place for lunch.
So that’s it for our list of 6 Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant Jakarta! Does your favorite make our list? Drop us a comment below!