If you are in Ho Chi Minh city and would like to taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a up market place, take a look at Sense Restaurant that is situated in Ho Chi Minh city’s happening District 1. This up market restaurant serves Vietnamese food from Hue, the biggest city in Central Vietnam. The food here is not as spicy as Thai food or sweet as Cambodian food, but has a subtle flavor that comes from the use of Lotus roots and other ingredients unique to Hue.
Unlike most other Vietnamese restaurants, the Sense restaurant has a menu, albeit a short one for vegetarian options. The options are not healthy like the ones for meat eaters, but the food sure does taste good. The restaurant is pricey and on an average, food costs between 5 and 8 USD. There is a 5% VAT and 10% service tax on top of that price. If you are going during Tet, you might spend 15-20% more. The place is near the Rex hotel and the Saigon palace hotel, so it is in prime locality.
I went there for dinner a night before the Tet New Year and the place was welcoming with a warm ambience. The people running the restaurant were very helpful in explaining to me the various food options. I would recommend this place if you are looking to try out vegetarian Hue-Vietnamese food.