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“Tasty lunch”
Review of L'essentiel

L'essentiel
Ranked #219 of 4,300 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Price range: USD 5 - USD 30
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
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 was very clean and the staff were friendly and efficient.

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Thank Catkin31
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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.
Service was average.

At the end of my meal a french guy (presumably the owner) came in and started chatting with some ladies came in with him and some staff behind the bar. Nobody asked how the food was.

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2  Thank Mikelo666
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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
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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
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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 were going to be here longer because we would definitely go back. This place should be ranked much higher than it is. What a hidden gem in HCMC!

1  Thank Runnerny2244
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