The Vietnamese community in Japan is the second-largest population of all foreign nationals living in Japan. Thanks to the rising demand of Vietnamese people residing in the land of the rising sun, Vietnamese food culture has popped into Japan and given a boost to Japan’s food diversity, expressed in Vietnamese restaurant popularity.
The boom in Vietnamese restaurants marks how delicious and diverse Vietnamese food is. But, discovering the best authentic Vietnamese restaurants here has never been easy!
Here are some recommendations to help you find the best authentic Vietnamese restaurants around Tokyo and Saitama!
Vietnamese Food Tour; Finding The Best Vietnamese Restaurant In Japan
Phan Pho (Tsurugashima, Saitama)
If you ever find yourself acting on your desire to explore in Saitama prefecture, and find yourself looking for local Vietnamese cuisine, especially that authentic Ha Noi taste, Phan Pho (ファンフォ) is the one for you! A bowl of Pho topped with savory meat, and tasty soup makes a winter day warmer. As for Phan Pho’s menu, the restaurant offers a wide range of dish options, mainly focusing on the Northern region of Vietnam cuisine. Another highlight that the locals adore is Bun Bo Hue, their signature dish all year round.
Opening hours: 11:00-20:30
Address: 69-17 Tsurugaoka, Tsurugashima, Saitama 350-2204
Yoyonam (Yoyogi, Tokyo)
Despite Yoyonam’s concept being “Vietnamese in Paris” according to Michelin, the restaurant is located along a quiet alley in Tokyo’s Yoyogi District. Here, home-style Vietnamese cooking with a hint of French influence becomes a masterpiece in the heart of Tokyo. Their signature dish is bánh xèo—a traditional dish made with rice flour dough topped with salted pork, shrimp, and seasonal vegetables.
Aside from bánh xèo, several more modern dishes are on offer, including fried swordfish with seasonal vegetables and sweet vinegar, pho hotpot mushroom porridge, stir-fried shrimp, minced chicken, and more!
Opening hours: 11:30-15:00 (Lunch), 17:00-21:00 (Dinner), Tuesdays (Closed)
Address: 5 Chome-66-4 Yoyogi, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0053
Website: https://yoyaku.toreta.in/yoyonam/#/ (Site for reservations only)
Bánh Mì Xin Chào (Various Stores)
Banh Mi is a traditional Vietnamese street food consisting of a fresh baguette filled with various savory ingredients, such as ham, pâté, fresh cilantro, pickled carrots, and daikon radish. The popularity of Banh Mi Xin Chao has taken over Japan’s culinary scene with ten stores opening across Tokyo, Kobe, Sapporo, Nagoya, Saitama, Chiba, and Osaka. Banh Mi Xin Chao has become a favorite for Japanese people and fellow Vietnamese living in Japan.
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00
Address: 4-13-9 Sasao Building 1F, Takadanobaba, Shinjuku City, Tokyo, 169-0075 (Takadanobaba Branch)
Tien An Huong Vietnam (Kyoto)
Located in Nakagyo-ku in Kyoto, Tien An Huong Vietnam is a cozy restaurant specializing in affordable home-style cooking. When you’re craving that warm bowl of Pho that reminds you of your mom’s cooking, this Vietnamese restaurant is the place to go. The owner/chef of this restaurant fell in love with Vietnamese home cooking while traveling through Vietnam and decided to take a cooking course in Ho Chi Minh City to serve Kyoto citizens. Besides the classic Pho, their green papaya salad and the soft shell crab deep fried in rice flour also offer you an unforgettable taste of Vietnam.
Opening hours: 18:00-23:00 (Mon, Wed, Thu), 12:00-15:00 & 18:00-23:00 (Sat), 12:00-15:00, 18:00-21:00 (Sun), Tues (Closed)
Address: 118 Nishioshikojicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0842
Website: No website
Ăn Cơm (Shibuya, Tokyo)
Ăn Cơm is a fine blend of modern Vietnamese and local cuisine in the heart of Tokyo. Owned by Motohiro Ogoshi—a Japanese sommelier and wine taster—Ăn Cơm is a Vietnamese bistro that serves a modern take on fusion cooking in a relaxed setting. Their philosophy is to fuse Japanese organic ingredients with Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian flavors and styles. Ogoshi offers not only wine by itself but pairings of shochu and wine with sake. Ăn Cơm’s signature dish is the classic Vietnamese shrimp spring roll, however, it is made using Japanese shibazuke pickles and served with ‘Shotsuru’ fish sauce from Akita.
Opening hours: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00 (Mon, Wed-Sun), Tues (Closed)
Address: 5-4-16 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-0012, Japan
Why Not Try A Truly Authentic Vietnamese Restaurant Experience in Japan?
If you are craving the taste of Vietnam, make sure to try one of these recommendations! Each of them will offer you the best authentic Vietnamese taste, whether you’re looking for cuisine from the North or the South.
Let’s go for some great Vietnamese food at an authentic Vietnamese restaurant!
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