District 1

Xu Restaurant


71-75 Hai Ba Trung St.,
Ho Chi Minh City,


Run by Bien Nguyen, a 30-year-old Australian Viet Kieu, this high-priced upstart is both a see-and-be-seen nightspot (serving well-made cocktails at the street-level bar) and a high-end restaurant with ambitious, mostly assured nouvelle Vietnamese cooking. The menu changes regularly, but you can’t miss with any dish made with local fish or seafood.