Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam


119 Bùi Viện, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 3836 9220
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Stellar, formerly known as Stella, is an Italian restaurant in the backpacker area of Ho Chi Minh City. Serving both Italian classics such as bruschetta, pastas, pizzas and other Western options such as hamburgers. They also claim to have some of the best coffee in town.


Best nope in town

Reviewed on 2014-04-18 (Updated on 2015-01-14)

Best coffee in town? Best food in town? They write it on their canvas blinds, so let's put that claim to a test, shall we?

I had such delicious food in Ho Chi Minh City so far, that they would have to be absolutely marvellous to earn the superlative "best". Also, one of my favourite restaurants is right across the street and I have not seen Stellar swarming with enthusiastic customers yet.

And after today I know why. Okay, what I ordered was cà phê sữa đá, that's iced Vietnamese coffee with milk, and fried rice with clams in a clay pot.

The coffee was a little too sweet for my taste, but it was kinda okay. On the other hand I know a girl just 2 minutes away who runs a "café" consisting of a small table and assorted buckets, and her cà phê sữa đá does not only taste better, it is also bigger, looks better and costs only 10.000đ instead of 35.000đ.

And now for the fried rice, I don't know what I expected, but a dish like this, in combination with a clay pot opens up possibilities every proud chef would take advantage of.

But not in Stellar, nope.

Here we just mix the stuff together and put it in the pot before we serve it. Fortunately they brought along some soy sauce with chillies, which I - for the first time ever since I am in Vietnam - poured over the rice almost completely. I don't know what happened at the kitchen, maybe the chef looked at the fish sauce from a distance and decided that it's not worth fetching the bottle to put some on the clams. And I paid 99.000đ for this disappointment. At other places I can eat like a king for 99.000đ.

Nice interior and a friendly staff earns them two stars, but that's it.