In modern years, Ho Chi Minh city – or Saigon as many call it – has developed an eclectic sushi scene. If you love sushi (and honestly, who doesn’t?), then you’ll want to take a look at our picks for 6 excellent sushi places in Ho Chi Minh City. We’ve left out the already-popular sushi hotspots like Sushi Bar and Tokyo Deli, and we’ve instead gone for some lesser-known gems.
1. Sushi Rei — 10E1 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, District 1
Sushi Rei is the most exquisite — and most expensive — sushi in Saigon (expect to pay 2-3 million for a signature set). The sushi masters behind the counters order the fish they use directly from Japan, and the menu is seasonal. Sushi Rei is a branch of Sushi Masuda in Japan which earned a double Michelin star. If Sushi Rei continue dishing out the same quality and service then there’s no doubt they deserve one as well.
2. Sushi 88 — 43-45 Nguyễn Thị Thập, District 7
Sushi 88 does not put on airs and try to disguise itself as an upscale restaurant by putting up fancy decorations and charging high prices. Instead, it embraces its strengths; the atmosphere of the restaurant is informal and fluorescently-lit, and the pastel-colored menus proudly display prices for a wide variety of dishes that are less expensive than you can find almost anywhere else in Ho Chi Minh City that is not a “street sushi” joint. Prices are on the opposite side of the spectrum to Sushi Rei at only 35-80k for a roll.
3. Haru Sushi — 371 Nguyễn Tri Phương, District 10
Haru is a very nice little location in the authentic style of a nice (but not TOO fancy) Japanese sushi restaurant. What really makes it special, though, is the creativity displayed on the menu. It has all the favorites like California Rolls and miso soup, but it also has things like sushi rolls with mango, raw fish, and sweet butter, that sound odd but end up working extremely well.
4. Sushi Hung — 15B/14 Lê Thánh Tôn, District 1 (also has a location in Thao Dien)
This place has been called the “Vietnamese Sushi Rei.” That is, it is authentic, creative, and gourmet, but it is not Japanese. It is still a very classy place, but it’s run by a local sushi master who trained in Japan and it is much more affordable because of it. It’s still not cheap at 500-900k for an Omakase set, but it is certainly feasible even for those without a huge budget on a special occasion.
5. Kissho — 14 Nguyễn Huệ, District 1
The sushi and other Japanese food made here is nuanced and delicious. As the website says, though, the real stars of the show are the chefs, who make a show of their preparation and perform for the customers behind glass counters. Price wise – it’s very good from 150-300k for a small plate of sashimi and is one of the more interesting sushi places in Saigon.
6. Iki Sushi — 66 Ngô Đức Kế (Floor 2), District 1
This isn’t the main location for Iki Sushi, but it is arguably the more interesting one for several reasons. First of all, it comprises one floor of a four-story building that is filled with four restaurants serving Asian cuisines — Vietnamese food, Thai food, Korean food, and Iki’s Japanese cuisine. This makes it a fun place to go on a food binge. Second, the building is very centrally located right across the street from Bitexco, the most iconic building in Ho Chi Minh City. The sushi itself isn’t awe-inspiring, but the menu is diverse and very affordable at 70-130k a roll.
7. Sushi Nhi — 21 Nguyễn Công Trứ, Bình Thạnh District
Sushi Nhi is a very reasonably priced place in the middle of Binh Thanh’s Japanese area. The district is a mecca for foodies, as it is the city’s center for pop-up cafes and restaurants with lower prices. The sushi is fresh and flavorful, and Sushi Nhi provides a delightful no-frills experience. Expect to pay around 50-100k for a signature roll, 25-50k for a regular roll.
8. Sushi Ko — 122/37/15 Vĩnh Khánh, District 4
If you’ve never been to the narrow Vinh Khanh food street in District 4, you have to go. It’s a fantastically exciting experience and a microcosm of Saigon’s pulse-pounding street food culture. It specializes in fresh seafood, but Sushi Ko was the only place on the street that’s thought to wrap the seafood in rice and seaweed. The food is fresh and well-prepared — everything good sushi should be — and the lively local atmosphere of the street will add immeasurably to the meal.
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