Time and budget constraints preclude frequent flights to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. But a highly acceptable alternative is just to ride the subway down to Yotsuya Sanchome, to Thien Phuoc, one of the friendliest, funkiest Vietnamese eateries in all of Tokyo.
Thien Phuoc: Vietnamese cooking puts a spring in your step
Name (J) ティン・フック
Lunch price range
Up to ¥1,000
Dinner price range
¥3,000 - ¥5,000
Vietnamese street food, as basic and satisfying as it comes
It's an airless little room that can get smoky.
Drinks Beer from ¥500; wine from ¥500/glass; from ¥2,000/bottle; Nep Moi ¥300/shot, ¥1,500/bottle
Number of seats 34
BGM One cassette of Ricky Martin-type pops repeated over and over
Smoking No smoking
Kotoku Bldg. 2F, 3-11 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 5-11 p.m.
Transport From Yotsuya Sanchome Station Exit 2 (by the Yotsuya fire station and museum), walk down the right side of Shinjuku-dori (heading west). Shortly after the first side street, you will see the sign for Thien Phoc. Just inside the entrance of the building, there are stairs up to the second floor.