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Reviewed 1 September 2023

what a great spot. The sake was spot on-- the menu very limited but everything was delicious especially paired with great sake. fantastic service

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2019 via mobile

Great ambiance, outstanding foods, quality sake . This is a must try if you had chance to visiting saigon. I had Masamune Katana sake it was a perfection . The omakase set was great but it was kinda too much for me haha. YOU MUST...COME TO SAKE CENTRAL SAIGONMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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SAKELOVERSAKEINSG1, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2019

Dear kangta77, Thank you for visiting with us at Sake Central Saigon and recommending us to others with 5 stars. I am very happy to hear that your experience was seamless and you enjoyed every aspect of our venue. I will be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 29 September 2019

I am US based but in Vietnam almost monthly for business. As an enthusiastic but unsophisticated sake aficionado, I booked a table right away after hearing about this relatively new restaurant from my hotel's management. When I got there, I realized that I'd been to...the tiny 2nd story location before, when it was a weird little bar in the heart of Saigon's District 1. Having seen the location before, the architectural transformation of what is a very small and unusual floor plan was nothing less than amazing. The tiny stairwell which leads you from the street level entry door to the restaurant has been converted from a creepy winding hallway into a dark, soothing, and inviting start to your sake adventure. It reminded me of the stunning Aronia de Takazawa in Tokyo, one of my top 2 favorite restaurants on the planet: in each case, an elusive, unassuming street entrance turns into a intriguing prequel of the amazing experience which lies just up the staircase. Once inside Sake Central, I immediately appreciated the time, thought, and effort it must have taken to convert the small area into what is a stunningly beautiful room which is inviting, intimate, yet comfortable. The large communal table set up maximizes capacity for the owners, but somehow does so effortlessly. I am not a big fan of shared tables but here, it was not an issue...it just works. The sake selection: SUPERB and better than any I’ve found in this part of the world (outside of Japan, obviously). As I've said, I'm no expert but I know what I like and with sake, it’s a love/hate thing: I am passionate about certain styles while others - solid, award-winning varieties - taste absolutely undrinkable to me. I explained that to Thanh, our server, and he immediately launched into his recommendations based on my preferences. Thanh was simply FANTASTIC in going over the sake list in detail with me; I was there for an early dinner so it wasn't crowded, and I'd say he spent more than a half hour explaining and elaborating as I peppered him with endless questions (while my poor dining companion suffered through my Sake Nerd Session patiently LOL). I tried 3, all were spot on recommendations. Later, I was given the gift of a small paper handbook prepared by Sake Central’s owners. (I didn’t open it till this morning; what I expected to be a promotional booklet is actually a wonderfully written, succinct crash course on Sake, complete with a section for tasting notes on the back. A keeper for sure.) Food: we opted against the Omikase dinner combination and instead went a la carte with appetizers. The food was excellent, small sharing portions, delivered one at a time to maximize the experience. I can’t remember the name of the Japanese oysters of the day, but they were HUGE, fresh, and delicious, served on ice with a kumquat mignonette. Sadly, they were out of the raw Yellowfin tuna appetizer, but the other big standout was double-miso Black Cod...superb. Every bit as perfect as Joel Robuchon’s legendary “Le Black Cod”. Really. I asked about ownership and Thanh mentioned there were multiple partners; in the booklet, I saw the Pizza 4ps is involved. Pizza 4ps has the absolute best pizza in this part of the world and, best of all, they make their own artisan cheeses. One of the events they have is a sake/home made cheese pairing...VERY original and VERY cool. My two constructive suggestions to Sake Central’s otherwise masterful execution are the following: first of all, create several sake flights which let someone like me experience 6-7 small tastings at one time. All three of the sakes I had were excellent, and one was a very expensive rare brand. I would have liked to have tasted more. Second – and for all I know they may be already doing this – is create once or twice a week themed events (like their sake + cheese night) on their slow nights to fill the restaurant and create a recurring crowd of fans. Their concept is unique in this amazing food city and news will spread quickly. In a few weeks, tables will be pre-booked a week in advance, I’m certain. Thanh is perfectly capable of leading the shared table to understand each progressive sake step in the flight and the young chef who delivered the Miso Cod was equally eloquent and enthusiastic. Sake Central is just a lovely place, the product of much thinking, serious expertise, and passionate execution. It shows in the way the place is built, in the sake selection, in the execution of the food and, as a restaurant owner myself, most importantly in the way its young staff has been not only trained but EDUCATED on the beautiful nuances of sake culture. I’ll be back every time!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2019

Dear joselatour, On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank you for dining with us at Sake Central Saigon and writing a review on your visit. I am delighted to read your compliments towards the dining experience and the food, drink and...More

Reviewed 21 September 2019

this is my first time in here and i had a great time with the staffs , i love the drinks and the services will be back in the futureMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2019

Dear jayjaytt99, Greetings from the Saigon. Many thanks for your excellent feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit with us at Sake Central Saigon and our personalized approach to service. The team thoroughly enjoyed having you here and we hope you...More

Reviewed 20 September 2019 via mobile

I came early to have dinner and enjoy sake after searching on the internet for the sake bar. I bet you can’t find another place better than Sake Central about sake. They have a lot of different kinds of sake; the staffs are very knowledgable,...they will help you about sake even you don’t know anything about it; the food is awesome and the atmosphere is what I like the most. What an awesome place to enjoy sake with friends and relax after a long day workingMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2019

Dear hathucthanh, Greetings from the Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh city. Thank you for your review, and I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your dining experience at Sake Central Saigon. On behalf of the entire team, it was a great pleasure to...More

Reviewed 16 September 2019

Enjoy dinner with my girl friend at Sake Central SG. We chose 2 set of Exclusive Dinner (including 6dishes and 2 gls of sake). So full and delicious. We order 2 more gls of Hakkaisan Yukimuro. It’s so nice. We just try it when we...were in Japan last month. But so hard to find Hakkaisan Yukimuro in Vietnam. And finally, we found it at Sake Central. Specially love the staffs here. They r so knowledgable and helpful. Should try!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

Dear Hollowbest, Thank you for visiting with us at Sake Central Saigon and recommending us to others with 5 stars. I am very happy to hear that your experience was seamless and you enjoyed every aspect of our venue. I will be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 16 September 2019

Love atmosphere. Really nice sake & friendly staffs. Will come back!!!! Highly recommend try this place!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2019

Dear Nakamoto Janey, On behalf of the entire team, I would like to thank you for dining with us at Sake Central Saigon and writing a review on your visit. I am delighted to read your compliments towards the dining experience and the service we...More

Reviewed 12 August 2019 via mobile

Excellent sake selections, wonderful food from passionated chef, knowledgeable staffs. A great place to enjoy fusion Japanese food, try various dedicate sakes.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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SakeCentralSGLovers, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2019

Dear l4025LUkevind, Thank you for visiting with us at Sake Central Saigon and recommending us to others with 5 stars. I am very happy to hear that your experience was seamless and you enjoyed every aspect of our venue. I will be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 24 July 2019

First time and wonderful time I spent here. Very good place for net-working,social life, enjoy time with friends and colleagues after work. Indescribable positive energy when I visit here. Food is nice simple deco- tasty unforgetableMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2019

Dear thyle2019 Many thanks for your excellent feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit with us at Sake Central Saigon and our personalized approach to service. The team thoroughly enjoyed having you here and we hope you will come see us...More

Reviewed 21 July 2019 via mobile

Loved the decor and the variety of sakes offered. I think it was something like 30 or more, incredible selection. And what beautiful glasses each perfect liquid is served in !!!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2019

Dear Osschloss Thank you for visiting with us recently and for sharing your comments. We are thrilled to learn we met your expectations and that you especially enjoyed our authentic Sake Central Saigon. I will be sure to share your comments with our team, and...More

Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

Going to Sake Central was a great experience. It is a tiny bar, perfect for meeting friends or meeting new people. Decor and atmosphere is amazing, like stepping into a completely different world. Service is outstanding, so is their knowledge about sake. In my opinion...a hidden gem in Saigon’s nightlife and a must visit if you are looking for a unique night out.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2019

Dear Katerkaat Greetings from the Saigon. Many thanks for your excellent feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit with us at Sake Central Saigon and our personalized approach to service. The team thoroughly enjoyed having you here and we hope you...More

Reviewed 26 June 2019

Upon walking into the venue, I could already tell it was going to be special. You don't even have to enjoy sake to be able to appreciate the sort of experience that the staff here is curating. The dimly-lit space is beautiful and is contrasted...by the long table full of sake rice. I came here with some friends, not really knowing what to expect, but we all had a marvelous time at Sake Central. We even learned a thing or two about Sake from the very friendly staff. Certainly an experience to remember and I will be back very soon!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2019

Dear TacoLoi Many thanks for your excellent feedback. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit with us at Sake Central Saigon and our personalized approach to service. The team thoroughly enjoyed having you here and we hope to welcome you back in...More

Reviewed 23 June 2019

Sake Central has a very unique and creative design. Decent food menu with an exceptional list of Sakes. A great location for a night of drinks and small eats with friends you would remember!More

Date of visit: December 2018
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2019

Dear Michael P Greetings from Sake Central Saigon. Thank you for visiting with us recently and for sharing your comments. We are thrilled to learn we met your expectations and that you especially enjoyed our authentic Sake Central Saigon. I will be sure to share...More

Reviewed 21 June 2019

Been to Sake Central several times since the opening. The experience is outstanding, since the entrance, you are immersed in a dark alley with few lightspots here and there. When you enter the main room, a spectacle of different ricegrains welcome you and the staff...is smiling and friendly and get you comfortable while presenting you the drink list and the food options. The choices are great and diverse, with outstanding sakes from all over Japan and top notch food to pair every drink with. Definetly recommended!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

Dear Fabio616185 Thank you for visiting with us at Sake Central Saigon and recommending us to others with 5 stars. I am very happy to hear that your experience was seamless and you enjoyed every aspect of our venue. I will be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 20 June 2019

I was beyond impressed with the variety and education on Sake this restaurant had. I usually never spend the money to get a quality sake but this was definitely worth it. It made me realize that Sake is much like a fine bottle of red...wine. Good quality and great food pairing!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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SakeCentralSG, Người quản lý at Sake Central Saigon, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

Dear foodsnob4real Greetings from Sai Gon Thank you for your review, and I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your dining experience at Sake Central Saigon. On behalf of the entire team, it was a great pleasure to welcome you and have you...More

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