226 Bui Vien
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
+84 8 837 1757
NileGuide Expert tip:
Stay away from the dishes that involve spinach. Mumtaz does most things well, but these items are not the kitchen's strong point.
There are numerous venues in which to get a curry fix in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, and most are pretty decent. This fixture, however, is worthy of the plaudits regularly bestowed upon it. A simple hole in the wall setup sandwiched between a girlie bar and a barbers' shop, the restaurant isn't the most appealing of venues. Nevertheless, friendly service and a buzzing atmosphere compensate for any aesthetic shortcomings. Owner Robin Babu hails from the southern state of Kerala, but the menu encompasses the full range of manna from the sub-continent. Rich Mughal dishes such as Butter Chicken and Lamb Kadai represent North India while southern favorites like Masala Dosa and Fish Molee are also present and correct. Prices are slightly higher than at nearby competitors, but you get what you pay for and what you pay for here is pretty damn decent.