I normally don’t rate places unless I eat there, but this one is an exception (and I had a drink!). Tadokoro is a Japanese restaurant in the northern area of Ho Chi Minh City’s district 1 which is known as ‘Little Tokyo’. It mainly sells miso ramen. Single Japanese businessmen seemed to make up the majority of the clientele, so it must be reasonably authentic. It has a small dining area and bar downstairs and a more attractive area upstairs for when it’s busy.
Staff were nice, though only one spoke any English; she went to check ingredients with the cook to see if anything could be made vegetarian, but sadly not as they use chicken and pork in their miso stock. Wife thought her food was pretty good. Staff overcharged credit card and paid back difference in cash – then paid back the VAT they’d also charged on the difference! Cheeky or absent-minded? Very apologetic though so no hard feelings.
Wife had Hokkaido char siew miso noodles ramen, and she thought the pork and chicken miso was better than plain miso, as it was not as salty and had a better flavour. She was also impressed with the many huge bits of slightly fatty pork. It was topped with baked potato slices, pork mince, dried onions and lots of sprouts. She thought the noodles were very good.
I had a sandwich from the supermarket across the road! I also had a Shochu orange highball, which tasted like watery orange cordial and alcohol. I’ve rated 3 as I think if you specifically want ramen, it would be a fair place to go, but they do little else so less good for walk-ins.
Address: 15A5 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC