From my first time in Vietnam An Ngon Restaurant was my favourite restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City when I first arrived I returned several times in the first few weeks.
However things have changed in the last 10 years for a start the original Ngon is no longer known as Quan An Ngon its now Nha Hang Ngon also they are no longer at their old location (nearly opposite to the entry of Reunification Palace) they are now located at 160 Pasteur St, Ho Chi Minh City
As hinted above there is a bit of controversy with the Quan An Ngon restaurant change, the story goes this very successful restaurant was kicked out of the original location by the land/building owner then while the owner of the original restaurant was finding new premises the the land owner setup in the original premises and stole the name Quan An Ngon name. I am not sure if that’s the full or even the true story but it’s what most family and friends tell me.
So do I still feel the same way about An Ngon Ho Chi Minh City? To find out I recently returned to my original favourite restaurant in Saigon to find out
The gallery below shows the entry to the original premises as well as the new, as you can see the logo has changed and the new building is larger and more modern, however the concept remains the same Vietnamese street food served in a restaurant setting, so you still see the street food styled food preparation areas scattered along the sides of the restaurant.
My all-time fave dish was their Nem nướng wrapped in bánh tráng with Vietnamese mints, pineapple and then dipped Nước mắm chấm pictured below.
My Verdict In its new location An Ngon still has a similar vibe as its old location however; I am not sure if it’s me because my wife and her family have spoilt me over the years with great Vietnamese cooking or if An Ngon is not the same any more, I had a good meal but I did not enjoy the food quite as much as I did in the past, added to this the size of the meal is a lot smaller and the price has skyrocketed.
I can see how the price has increased, nowhere in Vietnam; (in particular Ho Chi Minh City) is immune to the staggering increase in the cost of living over the last 10 years, but I was a least expecting to experience the same mouth-watering Vietnamese taste sensation which I first experienced years earlier.
Having said the above don’t let my view stop you from visiting Nhà Hàng Ngon as I said above perhaps because I eat Vietnamese food every day and have been spoilt with some very good cooks in the family and my palate has evolved, you might just have the same experience I originally had.
I would like to hear from long time and new visitors to Ngon, did you have a great meal or was it mediocre? Also I would love to hear your commens on Quan An Ngon the restaurant that occupies the original location, how was your meal and how do the two compare Leave your comments below
Nhà Hàng Ngon is located at 160 Pasteur, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and can be contacted on the following phone number +84 8 3827 7131