Saigon's Japanese quarter - review by Rusty Compass
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Saigon's Japanese quarter

| 20 Apr 2016
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Saigon's Japanese quarter
The alleys bordered by Le Thanh Ton and Thai Van Lung

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Price guide: $$$

20 Apr 2016

Saigon’s Japanese expatriate community is huge - so much so that a series of alleys downtown have been colonised by Japanese noodle bars and small restaurants - sometimes known as Little Tokyo, other times Little Japan. Head into the maze of alleys that run between Le Thanh Ton St and Thai Van Lung St and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve landed in a suburb of a Japanese city. There are quite a few Japanese hostess bars dotted around the same area too - though you’re not likely to stumble into one of them by mistake. The eateries are mainly no-frills, specialists -  sushi, ramen, udon and more. They’re well priced and crowded with Saigon based Japanese male expats. Women are curiously less conspicuous. We’ve tried 3 or 4 and found them great spots for a simple dinner. There are plenty of larger less specialised Japanese restaurants outside the alleys too along Le Thanh Ton St and Thai Van Lung St. If you’re looking for Japanese food, this is the place.

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