4, Chu Mạnh Trinh, Phường Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
08 3829 0326
Saigon is not short on sparkling venues for sushi.Indeed, the eastern end of Le Thanh Ton is thronged with restaurants, which cater predominantly to the growing Japanese expatriate community. Some of the cheap and cheerful places yield surprisingly fruitful returns, but if you are looking for something a little more upmarket then Inaho represents a reliably safe bet. Not only is chef Ryoichi 'Roy' Iwashita a gracious and friendly host, he's a genius at turning pieces of raw seafood into Zen-like works of art. The diminutive nerve center of his operation is the cozy downstairs bar where diners can look on in wonder as the master wields his knife to scintillating effect. Upstairs, meanwhile, offers more privacy. While Inaho is a long way from being a two trick pony, the stars of the show here are undoubtedly the sushi and sashimi. The sushi is beautifully balanced – piquant wasabi offset by delicate fish and perfectly seasoned rice – while the sashimi positively sings with freshness.