Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

Chi's Café

40/31 Bùi Viện, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 3836 7622
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Chi's Café is a restaurant serving both Western and Vietnamese food in the backpacker area of Ho Chi Minh City. The menu is extensive with everything from sandwiches and pizzas to their popular baked potatoes with filling. Prices are affordable.

Chi's Café
Chi's Café
Chi's Café

Chi's cafe, my culinary oasis

Reviewed on 2014-04-14 (Updated on 2014-08-04)

Chi's Café, as well as the neighbouring extension Sister's Café (same owner, same style, same kitchen) is my all time favourite when it comes to chilling in a relaxed atmosphere, accompanied by delicious food. They have a formidable taste when it comes to good music - from Elvis over blues to Latin American tunes.

The interior is held in the light and tasteful wooden style that can be seen at several places throughout Hồ Chí Minh city, but they had an artist paint the walls with colourful and lively street scenes, depicting Sài Gòn and Hội An. In the evening you can enjoy your food or drinks, and watch the life flowing by through the "hẻm" between Bùi Viện and Phạm Ngũ Lão street.

The service is always nice and the menu consists of the typical dishes you find at restaurants in the area: Vietnamese, Western, Italian, Mexican and Thai. However, it seems that they always put one pinch more effort into quality dishes than similar competitors. I highly appreciate that.

Today I had butter fried chicken in creamy pepper sauce with mashed potatoes and a mixed salad, together with a nice mango shake. The chicken was perfect and if you would add a pinch more salt to the potatoes, they would taste exactly like mother's. Together with the sauce it added up to a heavenly delicious lunch, which made me leaving the place with a big smile on my face. And the price is fine as well: 99.000đ for the chicken and 25.000đ for the mango shake.

Since I am a regular customer here, I can also recommend the vegetarian burgers, the fruity crépes and the pineapple-chicken fried rice.

Chi's Café
Chi's Café
Chi's Café

Average backpack area's restaurant

Reviewed on 2014-05-12 (Updated on 2017-12-02)

Hanging out in the backpack area before leaving the crowded Ho Chi Minh City for a few days, I was looking for a quiet place to have a quick lunch break. Located in an empty alley in Bùi Viện, the eye-catching Chi’s Café looked like a clean and peaceful restaurant. To sum up: The perfect choice at that time.

I was not expecting much from this restaurant, as I do for almost every restaurant located in the backpack area. So when they gave me that extensive menu covering almost every type of food, from Vietnamese to Mexican, I had the feeling I was in a classic average restaurant of the backpack area. I was in for Vietnamese food and therefore I chose a ginger chicken.

The dish was a bit tasteless, at least nothing compare to what a Vietnamese ginger chicken should be. I guess the dishes there are made to be suitable for Westerner. The price was affordable, but actually quite expensive when it comes to Vietnamese food, especially considering that it is not any better and I could have eaten twice as much in a traditional Vietnamese restaurant for the same price.

I would not recommend this place, it is not worth the trip. However it can be a good fallback plan if you want to escape the crowd of the backpack area by walking only a few meters.