Urban Kitchen Bar, Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
Ho Chi Minh City | nightlife guide

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Urban Kitchen Bar, Saigon

| 18 Jun 2015
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Urban Kitchen Bar, Saigon
18 Ngo Van Nam St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
+848 6250 6363
Morning till late

Our rating
18 Jun 2015

Urban Kitchen is a buzzing little vintage style bar and restaurant in downtown Saigon.

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Saigon is so taken with the vintage, urban look, that the people behind Urban Kitchen and Bar, purpose-built the place from scratch in retro style. They’ve done a good job too - it’s a perfect size resto-bar space - small enough to be cosy when it’s quiet and large enough to kick on busy weekend nights.

There are the trademark industrial fittings - chairs, lighting and kerosene lamps as well as exposed brick and liberal use of steel.

Urban Kitchen is a bar and restaurant and doing a good job of both. There’s a well stocked liquor cabinet, wines by the bottle and glass, cocktails and a good selection of beers. Prices are in line with similar fancy venues around town.

By night, Urban Kitchen pulls a good crowd of young fashionable professionals - both locals and expats. It’s especially busy on weekends with DJs pumping out contemporary dance tunes.

The food menu has a gastro-pub feel to it. There are salads, burgers as well as a selection of western mains. We’ve eaten here several times now and it’s a good casual dining spot. They take their food seriously.

We’ve listed Urban Kitchen in nightlife as more than anything, it feels like a bar - but it’s open all day as a restaurant, has a brunch menu and a lunch menu as well.

Urban Kitchen has a perfect smoking area out front - but sadly, smoking is still allowed inside. It’s not ideal if you’re heading in for a late meal and it can be especially smoky when crowds descend on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Mark Bowyer
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