Barbecue Garden (135A Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa)

135A Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 3823 3340
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This is one of the branches of BBQ Garden

Barbecue Garden, also known as BBQ garden is a very popular outdoor restaurant in the city center of Ho Chi Minh City. Customers choose from the menu and grill their own meals on their table in the restaurant's large garden area.

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Grumpy garden

Reviewed on 2014-05-16 (Updated on 2014-09-09)

Firstly, it is probably necessary to justify the title. I entitled it as such as I found the staff to be rather curt & certainly lacking in an ability to smile. The only staff member who seemed capable of being genuinely pleasant was the ‘greeter’ who gave a cheerful smile & farewell. Unfortunately, the rest did not have such charm. I presume they have been trained this way, perhaps it is someone’s perception that ‘up market’ service has to render staff to a robot like existence.

Myself & two friends went here, my friend had been before & sung its praises. On sitting down he immediately commented how the prices had noticeably increased since his not too long ago last visit. We ordered a family set (349,000đ) which is 3 types of meat, rice & a free sweet spring roll dish for dessert.

The meat was well marinated, delicious & cooking it at the table adds a new dimension to lunch. The rice was certainly high quality & perfectly cooked. The real drawback to the meal was that the servings are small, this family meal is supposedly for 3 people. That is certainly not the case, even the rice was served sparingly compared to other establishments. The sweet spring rolls were very tasty & the chocolate sauce was very rice. A perfect end to a light lunch.

The garden here is really nice, full of plants & it has the feeling of being far away from the hustle & bustle of Saigon. Three stars for BBQ garden, tasty meat in minimal overpriced portions served by waiters who cannot smile result in a low score. I would however suggest that people try it, cooking at the table in the pleasant garden is a nice change.