Sorae Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Sorae Saigon

| 23 Jan 2015
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Sorae Saigon
24th - 25th Floor, AB Tower, 76A Le Lai St.,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+84 838 272 372
Lunch and dinner


Price guide: $$$$

Our rating
23 Jan 2015

Sorae is probably Saigon’s most memorable Japanese dining experience - with delicious, quality food served in a spectacular setting.

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Good Japanese food is in plentiful supply around Saigon. The city has a sizeable Japanese expat community and the Vietnamese are also fond of Japanese cuisine. 

Sorae is in a class of its own however. 

Sorae apparently means "in the sky" in Japanese and the 24th and 25th levels of AB Tower in which it is located, certainly have plenty of elevation above the Saigon mayhem.

But elevation is probably the least impressive thing about this place. The food is delicious, staff are terrific and the decor is also memorable. 

It’s no easy task to make 1000 square meters over two floors feel warm and intimate. Those dimensions alone would normally scare me off. 

But the people behind Sorae, thanks in part to extensive use of timber and thoughtful lighting, have made it work.

Sorae’s a beautiful spot in spite of its size. And all that interior design effort doesn’t make it feel too snooty either. It’s comfortable and friendly.

There are two open kitchens, a bar and lounge.

Sorae works for an intimate night for two or for a celebration with a larger group. Book early if you want a table by a window.

Finally, for a place of this quality, Sorae’s also good value for money. Recommended.


This is an independent review. Rusty Compass received no financial or other inducement to write this review. We visited anonymously and paid our way in full.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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