Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam


1 Cao Bá Nhạ, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 6290 8899
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Monsoon was established in 2004 in Myamar and launched in Ho Chi Minh City in 2012. The restaurand serves a wide selection of plentiful dishes include Vietnamese, Myanmar, Laos, Thais and Campodian cuisine. Located near the backpacker area, Monsoon stands out with commodious ambience and great food.


See you (Mon)soon

Reviewed on 2014-05-26 (Updated on 2015-05-14)

Right on time for the beginning of the rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City, I went out to review Monsoon for you. Okay, I honestly confess, I am a Muppet. 

Because I have been there a couple of weeks ago with the same intention, but back then I was ravenous and my Burmese dish looked and smelled so good, that I started digging in as soon as the food arrived. When I realized that I should take photos, it was too late and I had messed up my plate thoroughly.

This time however, I pulled myself together, which was harder than you might expect. Fortunately I had a chat with the waiter last time and he told me the owner is Thai and on a mission to introduce proper Thai kitchen to HCMC. So, of course I had to put that to the test and chose Pad Thai this time.

I never had Pad Thai before, so I have no idea how authentic it was. I only know one thing: It was absolutely marvellous, the taste was masterfully balanced, a smooth experience of a delicious noodle dish, served on a stylish plate. My lunch also included a light, clear soup with carrots and silky tofu and a Vietnamese ice coffee with milk. Yes, it was a set lunch for 90.000đ, simply great value for money.

The place itself is very stylish, the service staff speaks good English and somehow the Monsoon radiates the flair of a slightly upscale restaurant, without getting snotty like so many down town places. I love sitting outside in the shadow of the trees, just awesome.

Maybe I just delete the photos, so I have another reason to visit (Mon)soon again. On the other hand, who needs an extra reason, I recommend Monsoon during the wet season as well as in the dry season.