For the love of snails and shellfish, Ốc Khánh whips up some of the best grilled seafood in town.
25 Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm, Bến Nghé, Quận 1 🔗 – Hours 11:00 – 21:00
Situated in an alley close to the city zoo, Ốc Khánh serves up a wide array of amazing grilled seafood dishes. As the name suggests, the menu has an emphasis on creatures inside shells. This of course with a few of the typical exceptions, including shrimp and octopus. Quán Ốc restaurants are easy to find in Saigon, as snails, oysters, mussels, BBQ scallops and razor clams are perfect dishes for sharing. Anyone who’s been in the country for a day or two will notice that Vietnamese people order all dishes to share. A group of 4-5 coworkers out for food and beer after work will on average order the equivalent number of dishes, and everyone will dive in chopsticks first.
The reason we particularly like the BBQ seafood dishes at Vinh Khanh is the freshness of the products. This of course paired with the nice smokiness that comes with the grilled dishes. Unique to Ốc Khánh is also the Nước chấm dipping sauce which they mix with squeezed orange juice instead of the typical lime. It’s a great flavor profile to smother your grilled shellfish to be fair. To top it off the staff is very friendly and helpful to anyone who doesn’t speak Vietnamese. A note of caution, crowds pack in Ốc Khánh in the evenings, expect a 10-15 minute wait after 7pm. Otherwise, we enjoy coming here for lunch when the crowds are more manageable.
Our favorite dishes at Quán Ốc Khánh are:
- Trứng cút cồi điệp – Scallops grilled with quail eggs
- Ốc móng tay xào me – Sauteed Razor Clams with tamarind
- Sò lông nướng mỡ hành – Grilled Ark Shells (similar to mussels) with peanuts
- Ốc tỏi xào bơ – Grilled snails soaked in butter sauce
- Tôm nướng muối ớt – Grilled shrimp with chili
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