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98 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam (Formerly L'essentiel French Restaurant)
+84 8 3821 7682
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We came across this little French restaurant by accident walking back to Dong Khoi from the Bitexco Tower, so decided to have a quick lunch. The French onion soup was really good and piping hot, and the Croque Monsieur made a tasty lunch. The place was very clean and the staff were friendly and efficient.

Thank Catkin31
Shanghai, China
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Walked in around 6pm. Ordered three dishes, a salad, ribeye steak for main and creme brulee for dessert. Complimentary bread was offered. Salad was average. Ribeye was served with greasy floppy french fries. Creme brulee was burnt, black spots over the surface and tasted bitter. Service was average. At the end of my meal a french guy (presumably the owner)... More 

2 Thank Mikelo666
Vancouver, BC
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Price is very reasonable, service and setting are good. Food is above average. Worth a try when other French restaurants are very expensive in HCMC.

Thank C1M9B9C8
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Average food,mediocre service , always busy . So difficult to order something here . The staff was not smiling .

1 Thank york459
Marietta, Georgia
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310 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and we're glad we did. The service was excellent and the space cute and modern. We started off with French Onion soup which was amazing. I had the lunch version of steak frites and it was perfect. I wish we were going to be here longer because we would definitely go back. This place should... More 

1 Thank Runnerny2244
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Stayed in district one, Saigon and wanted to try a french restaurant without traveling too far. (A taxi ride in Saigon is not exactly a lot of fun). We ended up walking to L'essentiel from the Rex Hotel. Excellent food, wine choices good and the service fantastic.

2 Thank Ian H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Had booked La Villa but after reading rave reviews, decided to change my booking to L'essentiel. I had requested for terrace seating upstairs as we both were afraid of the cold air conditioning. It was dinner on a Friday evening and thought the place will be packed out. My best friend and I were looking forward to some amazing French... More 

2 Thank 23lifeisgood
Woombye, Queensland, Australia
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Well,to start commenting on the title:we are a french couple living in Australia for the last 45 years and have been working in the restaurant industry for most of that time. The welcoming staff was average if non existent though we were at the time the only customers.The menu,if appealing,did not transfer to the plate.I ordered snails.6 tiny little things... More 

2 Thank Philippe C
Petersfield, United Kingdom
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318 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 540 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We loved our dinner here - although I'm a big fan of Vietnamese and Asian food in general, it was a nice contrast to roll the changes with some western style food during our 2-week trip. L'essentiel provided just what we were looking for - excellent steak frite washed down with a good bottle of red and a very nice... More 

1 Thank Gordon2112
Shanghai, China
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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

They close in the afternoon. We arrived there late for lunch. They offered us lunch menu which is much cheaper than regular price. Very nice environment. I ordered a flank steak but I feel it's a bit too hard. Mojito is so-so. While we were still relaxing having our lunch slowly, they rushed us away at 3pm.

Thank Black_Rabbit_X

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 30
French, European
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam (Formerly L'essentiel French Restaurant)
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 8 3821 7682
A recent arrival to the growing ranks of authentic French dining experiences in HCMC, L'essentiel Restaurant offers a quiet intimate dining experience downstairs with space for private functions and alfresco dining on an upper floor.Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm, Chef Vanessa who has been after 14 years experience in France makes variety of classic French cuisines. The menu for lunch changes weekly and monthly for dinner. The food is fresh and the wine list carefully collated.

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