I love buffets and have been to them all around the world. (The only reason I’m not 500 lbs and the star of my own reality show is because I also love going to the gym).
Seriously, every country I go to I try to find at least one buffet that will amaze me. Sometimes I’m successful. Other times not so much….feel free to read about a few of them below.
How does D’Maris buffet in Saigon stack up? First of all you’re lucky you’re reading this page. For a chain buffet restaurant , D’Maris has one of the WORST online presences I’ve ever seen. Literally the worst. I think their facebook page is a flash mini game. Not even kidding. The info they do have is all Vietnamese as well.
The address of it is
469 Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Tân Hưng, Quận 7, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
It’s on the 3rd floor of the mall there.
The cost for dinner on a Wednesday night was 517,000 Dong ($29 CDN).
Is that expensive? Cheap? From my perspective having literally just come from Bangkok, the buffet prices in Vietnam are uniformly overpriced.
The fancy hotel buffets usually range from 800,000 dong to 1.2 Million ($45 to $55 CDN). I chose D’Maris because it was one of the cheaper ones.
But, let’s get down to how the buffet actually is!
HIGHLIGHTS (AKA WHY I WOULD TELL VEGETARIANS TO COME HERE)
- This is the best buffet for vegetarians I’ve ever seen in the world. Normally if you’re a vegetarian at a buffet, your choices are very very limited. And you KNOW you’re being ripped off. Here they actually have fancy vegetable based things for you to eat.
- A non vegetarian highlight is odd things you can choose from to eat that I’ve never seen. Some of them include Crocodile ribs, and steamed ray!
- The non alcoholic drink area also included fresh sugar cane juice which again I’ve never seen in the world.
- The Japanese area had a surprising amount of sashimi available for choice, normally at medium class buffets you’ll only see tuna/salmon. Here they had halibut as well.
- The desserts were also not too bad.
- Deep fried soft shell mini crabs were available.
- Good service
LOWLIGHTS (AKA WHY I WON’T BE BRINGING MY UNCLE OLIVER HERE)
- No shrimp. They have shrimp as an ingredient in some dishes, and fried shrimp, but no ready to eat cooked shrimp mountain. Why? I don’t know. Vietnam has millions of shrimp everywhere.
- No carving station. They do have a steak to order section, but they serve it as paper thin 2 oz slices. Basically, not a steak, but grilled meat. It’s not possible to get a big hunk of meat here.
- No oysters on the half shell. Just sad.
- Poorly replenished. The key to a good buffet is hot, and readily available food. The food here looked like it had been sitting a while. And the heating bins were usually about 10% full.
- The sashimi was served in thumbnail sized portions. I’ve never seen such small cuts.
WOULD I GO BACK?
No. I love buffets, and while the price of D’Maris buffet wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the experience you’d want to go for. A better use for your money would be to go to a restaurant and order the items you liked instead.
All in all, I’d give D’Maris a D rating. Not a Fail, but definitely not a pass.
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