Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

Zest Bistro & Cafe

5 Tôn Đức Thắng, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 3911 5599
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Zest Bistro & Cafe is located on a big busy street of Ho Chi Minh City, but as it is located in a quiet courtyard, it manages to offer a very quiet and private feeling when you walk in. They serve different types of cuisine and have wide range of beverages.

Zest Bistro & Cafe
Zest Bistro & Cafe
Zest Bistro & Cafe

Tasty, stylish feel-good place

Reviewed on 2014-06-13

A hidden pearl. Okay, not that well hidden, but I could not find it the first time, because it is located behind a gatekeeper's house. But today I was at Zest and even if it's slightly pricier than what I am used to, it's well worth it.

First of all, I just love the design. Red, white, black and wood. Grass decor on the tables and amazing cutlery. The cutlery appears to be slightly flimsy designer ware, but it has a surprisingly good grip.

I was the only one outside and just as I attempted to get up and make myself seen, the waiter came out with a big, welcoming smile on his face and a very interesting menu. Since I had a rich lunch today, I chose teriyaki mushrooms and a Zest lemon-lime-onade.

Let's start with the lemonade, which was damn delicious. Fine blended ice (and I mean really fine), refreshing lemon & lime juice with lemon zest, not too sweet and not too sour, tasty all the way to the end. Just perfect for 55.000đ.

The mushrooms were mouth-watering, fried slices with rice and teriyaki sauce. Just a little sauce drizzled over the mushrooms, the rest in little bowl on the side with chives. The salad was delicious as well and the ginger dressing tasted quite Japanese fusion. I am still puzzled if the slight wasabi/horseradish taste came from the dressing or the sprouts. The teriyaki mushrooms had cost me 85.000đ, while meat and seafood dishes are priced around 200.000đ which is for the area and value you get for the money not too bad either.

Afterwards I had a chat with the owner and she recommended to drop by in the morning for Vietnamese breakfast dishes, which is exactly what I will do once my friend is back from holidays.
Yes, I think Zest will make it on my list of nice places to return to.