Have you ever found out a bit late that there is a good restaurant near your place? This was just happened to me. I posted on facebook about my experience of eating one of the new ramen in town (Ramen Ryu Shin). Then I got a comment saying about another very good restaurant, which is Tomidaya. I’ve heard about Tomidaya many times and wanted to try it. What I didn’t know was the location! (I could’ve tried google it or something but nope). It is actually very close to Ramen Danbo, which is very close to my apartment.
Their location is not very clear on google map because of the missing road. So I had a bit of detour around the location. They don’t have an English sign board as well! I found them because of the queue in front of the restaurant. I heard one of the description for Tomidaya is “a small ramen place inside the Japanese alley on le thanh ton street, which always have queue in front of it”. It really suits them. I joined the queue as well. There were 4 groups of people in front of me.
The place is really small. It can only accommodate 10 people at most, counter style, not a table. The queue was not too bad though. They took order and prepared the noodle before people went in. So when they have empty spot, people can sit and immediately enjoy the Ramen. I looked at the menu and ordered Ajitama Shoyu Ramen. The girl took my order and just after a short time, she let me in. The ramen came not long after I sat down.
I LOVE IT! Their ramen style is not hakata style, so they don’t have thick soup with the ramen. More like clear soup but very tasty. It is the same style as Ramen Bar Masamune, but for the taste Tomidaya is far better. Me and my husband went to Masamune recently and disappointed with their ramen. I love everything about Tomidaya Ramen. Their marinated egg was so yummy and cooked nicely. And their pork is thinly-sliced and melted inside mouth! I can say that this is the best pork on ramen now.
When I sat there eating my ramen, I noticed many people ordered their Tsukemen. Maybe I will try it next time! Just need to remember that they are closed on Thursday.
For you who loves Japanese food or just want something different in the city, you should try Manmaru. Their menu is more to the home cooked style. There are sashimi, sushi and rolls as well. And they were delicious. Fresh fish.
They have 2 branches, one at Ly Tu Trong street and the other one at Mac Dinh Chi street. I went to the second one. The design of the restaurant is unique. It gave me the feeling of eating in Japan (with some background Vietnamese voices..). I read on one of the review that if you want quieter place, you should go to second floor.
They put the menu in Japanese on the wall, but they also have normal menu book 😀 If I remember correctly, there was no English translation for the menu. But if you are familiar with Japanese food, that should not be a problem. Or you can always ask the waiters.
Yaki Soba Manmaru
Sashimi Moriawase Manmaru
We ordered sashimi set and yaki soba (fried noodle). They were delicious! We were very happy to eat it. Definitely will go back there. Even my husband said he would invite his staffs to eat there one day because it has different ambience.
This is one of my favorite place to have lunch in Saigon. Kamakura in District 1. I heard about this place from my Japanese friend. She said they have a good lunch set with reasonable price. Plus the owner is Japanese. I like Japanese restaurant with Japanese owner 😀
Their lunch set only available from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm everyday (except Sunday). They are very cheap for a price of set menu. I tried karaage menu set.
One set always come with a bowl of rice, miso soup and vegetable on side. They were all really good. I especially like the miso soup and veggie. Their karaage was actually good, but it was too bland for my taste. I need to add salt or soy sauce to eat it. But overall it was a good deal!
Their menu was fulled with desserts and drinks. These 2 are just example of their menu.
I ordered blueberry yogurt while I worked on my tablet. It was very delicious. I could order for more if my stomach didn’t scream from too many food! This one is recommended. Next time I will try their kakigori, or their other yogurt.
On another day, I tried their tonkatsu lunch set. It was good value for money! I like this little cafe lol. If you have time or if you’re around the area, stop by for lunch or for their desserts. Ciao 😉
Address : 21 Phan Ke Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
I like this ramen place. I think it’s the best ramen restaurant in ho chi minh city so far. My favorite menu is tsukemen or dip ramen. Almost everytime I came here I ordered that.
That night I went there again with my husband. He also a fan of tsukemen. To prevent ourself on getting bored of it, we ordered something different. Mine was ramen with garlic chips. It was nice but I don’t want to talk about that dish now.
I want to share about the ramen pasta that my husband ordered, it’s called Pasta Fu Pirikara Kurimu Ramen. When it came, we looked at it with low expectation. I’m not a fan of creamy pasta. He tried it first then gave it to me to try.
I looked up to him, smilling. It was delicious! The noodle is cooked well, and the creamy sauce is tasty. It made me want to eat more, but I shouldn’t because I have my own ramen noodle to finish.
Very recommended to try! If you want to try it, come to 18 Thai Van Lung Street, Ho Chi Minh City.