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98 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 8 3821 7682
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
27 Feb 2017
“Sad .....”
15 Dec 2016
“Tasty lunch”
Restaurant Hours
French, European
$$ - $$$
98 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Google said it was permanently closed and I had to check in person to be sure. it's a Japanese restaurant in that shop unit now. :( So sad. :(

6  Thank surelyeverything
Reviewed 15 December 2016

We came across this little French restaurant by accident walking back to Dong Khoi from the Bitexco Tower, so decided to have a quick lunch. The French onion soup was really good and piping hot, and the Croque Monsieur made a tasty lunch. The place...More

Thank Catkin31
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Walked in around 6pm. Ordered three dishes, a salad, ribeye steak for main and creme brulee for dessert. Complimentary bread was offered. Salad was average. Ribeye was served with greasy floppy french fries. Creme brulee was burnt, black spots over the surface and tasted bitter....More

2  Thank Mikelo666
Reviewed 27 April 2016

Price is very reasonable, service and setting are good. Food is above average. Worth a try when other French restaurants are very expensive in HCMC.

Thank C1M9B9C8
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Average food,mediocre service , always busy . So difficult to order something here . The staff was not smiling .

1  Thank york459
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch and we're glad we did. The service was excellent and the space cute and modern. We started off with French Onion soup which was amazing. I had the lunch version of steak frites and it was perfect. I wish we...More

1  Thank Runnerny2244
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Stayed in district one, Saigon and wanted to try a french restaurant without traveling too far. (A taxi ride in Saigon is not exactly a lot of fun). We ended up walking to L'essentiel from the Rex Hotel. Excellent food, wine choices good and the...More

2  Thank Ian H
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Had booked La Villa but after reading rave reviews, decided to change my booking to L'essentiel. I had requested for terrace seating upstairs as we both were afraid of the cold air conditioning. It was dinner on a Friday evening and thought the place will...More

2  Thank Wendy O
Reviewed 27 February 2016

Well,to start commenting on the title:we are a french couple living in Australia for the last 45 years and have been working in the restaurant industry for most of that time. The welcoming staff was average if non existent though we were at the time...More

2  Thank Philippe C
Reviewed 1 February 2016

We loved our dinner here - although I'm a big fan of Vietnamese and Asian food in general, it was a nice contrast to roll the changes with some western style food during our 2-week trip. L'essentiel provided just what we were looking for -...More

1  Thank Gordon2112
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Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 98 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam (Formerly L'essentiel French Restaurant)
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 8 3821 7682
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A recent arrival to the growing ranks of authentic French dining experiences in HCMC, L'essentiel Restaurant offers a quiet intimate dining experience downstairs with space for private functions and alfresco dining on an upper floor.Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 2:30pm and 6pm to 10:30pm, Chef Vanessa who has been after 14 years experience in France makes variety of classic French cuisines. The menu for lunch changes weekly and monthly for dinner. The food is fresh and the wine list carefully collated.
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