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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 93 388 79 22
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible9%
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“soup” (108 reviews)
“noodles” (69 reviews)
“spring rolls” (84 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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1 - 10 of 304 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We took a grap car there after we heart that Anthony Bourdain and other Chefs, all of whom really respected food critics. Her noodles are just ok, potatos are ok, but nothing special at all compared to the other shops in Saigon (try pho bo)...More

Thank dieterschiele
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We saw this place by coincidence. We thought it was a local joint with vietnamese food and cheap, but... surprise!! Tourist trap. The food was actually pretty good, except for the extremely oiled fried shrimps. They didnt ask us what we wanted to eat, just...More

Thank Ibai B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes they do rip off foreigners. I waited to eat here with my Vietnamese wife and they were going to charge us a higher rate. When she exclaimed “what?!?!” One person came and said “oh Vietnamese- lower price.” So it’s for sure true! As for...More

Thank Joseph Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a taxi here after watching Anthony Bourdain, Mark Weins, Kyle Le, all of whom really respected food critics/ YouTube vloggers. Her noodles are alright, but nothing special compared to the other joints in Saigon (try pho le or any random place with lots...More

2  Thank u03ekw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth the visit. Saw this on Bourdain's show and am so glad we ate there. We had a seafood soup, there was so much going on in that soup, the flavours are amazing and can happily say it was the best soup we have...More

Thank Nosaltrequired
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After watching Anthony Bourdain rave about the Lunch Lady, it was a must eat on my list when arriving in HCMC. The destination is easy to get to via cab and only takes about 10 min from the Benh Thanh ward. We came prepared to...More

1  Thank Tiffany D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lunch in inexpensive but the side dishes and drinks are overpriced. We orders 4 pcs of spring rolls and it cost VND60000 (USD 3), usual price is VND18000 (USD 1) for 3 pieces. Also the fruit juice is double the price of what we...More

Thank GraceYapAS
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I went on a Saturday and there was no rush. I got a table easily and then she started putting plates of food on my table. The moment she put the soup on my table, I knew that I wouldn't be able to finish it....More

Thank appu S
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

The place milks the fact lots of tourists go there because of food bloggers etc. They charge tourists extra, calling them "special bowl". We had bun bo hue, and got the special bowl, which we were charged extra and missing ingredients, such as pig trotter,...More

Thank Howard L
Reviewed 12 October 2017

The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh) Ho Chi Minh City Tourist rip off Fooled by a YouTube post: /watch?v=v7v6zSqe5ro. Spring rolls were fried a million times before being served to us. Maybe recycled The other fried item with a tiny shrimp inside was cold. The...More

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Sean L
11 June 2017|
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Response from viewsfromawayfarer | Reviewed this property |
yes, open on Sundays (at least when I was there)
Sean L
11 June 2017|
Response from csh68 | Reviewed this property |
one of the photos shared by another reviewer shows a namecard stating what is served each day, which includes Sunday. not sure abt operating hours but my guess is brunch till late lunch.
Grandy S
28 April 2017|
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Response from Loveforgoodfood | Reviewed this property |
They are only open for lunch.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 93 388 79 22
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