Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen

Hernandez St., Silang, Cavite

Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen
4.6
4.5 Stars

39 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 27
  • 4 stars 9
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 1
  • 43 Reviews
  • 49 Recommend
  • 39 Reviewers
Category:
Vietnamese
Business Hours
Reopens Fri: 11:00a - 2:00p
Phone
+639209722924

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 9:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • Closed
  • Wednesday
    • Closed
  • Thursday
    • Closed
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 9:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 9:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Jairus d.
5.0 Stars
10

Me and ze homies conveniently agreed to have our dinner at Bawai! I've already tried their Katipunan and Nuvali branch but there was still an excitement as we head to the place. After all, this is the flagship restaurant.

Bawai can be tricky to find so make sure to use Waze app to locate them. We arrived before 6pm as scheduled. There is nothing fancy about Bawai and that's what I love about them. It's literally a house and part of the second floor was converted into a restaurant.

The girls gave me the green signal to order our food. I got us my staple order - Bawai Salad, spring rolls, Beef Pho and Double grilled pork belly. Everything was still uber yummy!

I don't usually drink coffee but when I do, I always go for Vietnamese Iced coffee. The sweet creamy taste of the condensed milk blending harmoniously with the dark Viet coffee is what I live for. So much that I had 3 glasses!

Major plus to Bawai for giving us free dessert and iced coffee. 128588🏼

We also tried their Banh Mi Heo, butter toasted baguette with pate, pork, cha lou and greens. We would have loved this without the butter taste on the bread.

The highlight of our visit was probably meeting the owner of the place - Mr. Virgilio Tatlong Hari. He took the time to chat with us and we found out about the following:

128117🏼The name Bawai means grandmother.
128117🏼His wife is a mix of Vietnamese and French. We met through Mr. Virgilio and she was also pleasant.
12785850% of their ingredients are sourced in Vietnam.
128077🏼They're planning to open a branch in Uptown BGC. (yay!)

They have been in the business for quite a while but Mr. Virgilio remains humble and grounded. After our visit, it made me love the restaurant more and already thought of my next visit.

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Ruth S.
5.0 Stars
4

Every year, we (my mom, Ony and I) would celebrate my birthday and christmas at my lola's house here in Tagaytay.

Every December 23, Ony and I would go out and go around Tagaytay. Just like Maginhawa, Kapitolyo, Aguirre and all the other "food places" in Manila, there are also a lot of must try restaurants here in Tagaytay. We're always here but we never really had the chance to try new places because we always go to our usuals but since it was (surprisingly) a traffic free Tagaytay, we decided to have a mini food crawl! 128513128513

Left the house at around 5pm and our first stop was BAWAI'S. I have always wanted to visit this place but because Vietnamese food is not something usual and my family is not as "adventurous", I never had a chance to go here. Good thing, though still not a fan of Vietnamese food, Ony was game to go and try this place out (because #thingsyoudoforlove and it's my birthday! 128541).

Anywayyy.. This place is kind of hard to locate so it's best to use Waze when going here. You can ask for directions but please, just use Waze! 128518 Also, we were not aware that they don't accept walk ins and you must call for a reservation. Good thing, it was still early for dinner and the staffs and the owner were nice and kind enough to let us in. Kailangan lang ng konting pakiusap. 128513128513

The place is just simple. I think this is where the owner lives as it's just like a usual house but instead of a big sala with sofa, tv and all, there is a not so big but bigger than the usual dining area. Around 7 tables that can fit around 25 pax? Since the place is secluded, it's so peaceful, quiet, and calm here. Perfect for date nights! 128077🏼

Since this is just our first stop (and we're still coming back here, right Jairus d 128521), we ordered 2 dishes to try - spring rolls and pho.

While waiting, we were given complimentary hot tea. I enjoyed drinking it as it was really cold that time. 127861 After a couple of minutes, our orders were served.

GOI CUON aka the fresh spring rolls (3 rolls - 195)

PHO BO aka the classic beef noodle soup (285)

Ony and I liked the spring rolls and the pho. We enjoyed how light and refreshing they both were. The spring rolls were siksik with lettuce, noodles, pork and shrimp. I like that Ony doesn't eat shrimps so I get to enjoy more! 128513128523 And the pho! It was served really hot and it was as always, super yummy! It was flavorful yet still "clean-tasting". No weird after taste. Plus it was loaded with tender beef slices and "al dente" noodles. 128076🏼

Tip: best to eat the soup right away because it gets cold fast (because you're in Tagaytay!! 128517) and it's not as good anymore when it's warm/cold. Also, ask for lemon/lime! 128155 Kind of weird though that they gave us calamansi but still, citrus and it made the pho yummier! 128154

SERVICE

Service was nice. From the entrance up to us leaving the place, the staffs and even the owners were very nice and friendly. I like how they are so warm and welcoming with their guests. 128076🏼

Overall, it was a nice lovely dinner. If only we're not in a foodcrawl, we would have stayed longer and ordered more like the fried spring rolls, Bawai's salad, grilled pork belly, banh mi and the Vietnamese coffee! But oh well, more reasons to go back here again. 9786

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Jojo S.
5.0 Stars

nice food...service and ambience...never mind about the location...its worth finding the place

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Pranciee D.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Isi P.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Annix B.
5.0 Stars

Best Vietnamese Restaurant in the country for me. It has that romantic vibe especially at night, and I love that it has a private air to it. The owners are really nice and accommodating too! We've been here numerous times and the service has always been great. Makes us want to keep coming back! Don't forget to make reservations and pre-order!

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Job A.
5.0 Stars

Very accomodating staff and owner. Went there without any reservation but was welcomed in nevertheless. Food was great! Ambience was rockin!

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Michael A.
5.0 Stars

The place is nice. The food is great.

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Ian O.
5.0 Stars

Quite an adventure going here. Especially at night since the road is poorly lit. What awaits you at Bawai's is worth the trip though. We started off with Goi Cuon. The veggies and shrimp were really fresh. The peanut sauce tied it up very nicely. The house salad was awesome as well. Very clean and refreshing. The Bung Rieu was delish too because of the generous amounts of crab meat. We also had two entrées, the Com Suon Cha (double grilled pork belly with mushroom egg pie) and the Ga Quinhon (hickory smoked chicken). Next time you're in Tagaytay, hit this place up. Highly recommended.

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Jennifer G.
5.0 Stars

If you like authentic vietnamese food then I highly recommend this place. This is the first time we went here but the travel is worth it. We ordered fresh spring roll, beef noodle and spicy tamarind shrimp.

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Tin L.
1.0 Stars

A colleague made dinner reservation to this resto about 3 yeas ago. It was really hard to find at night. The place was classy but the food was horrible. There's just too much herb and leaves. Had to stop by Jollibee for a chicken joy to feed my Im-really-not-a-goat tummy. Lol.

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Chichi T.
5.0 Stars

Have you ever tried Black Tiger Prawns in Tamarind sauce? I've said this before, I'll say it again: when you're in Tagaytay it's worth finding this hidden authentic Vietnamese restaurant. Yup, Tagaytay isn't all bulalo.

We have been regulars years since I don't know when. The food never altered. They even have new dishes now. 128077

I really love the passion of Lola Bawai and Lolo Vir. Hearing their stories in Vietnam, how Bawai Kitchen started, and discovering their love for food makes an 1.5 hour trip from Manila worth it. 128525

Word of caution: weekend, do reserve.

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Pauline Kate A.
4.0 Stars

In a hidden home found in silang cavite, you can find the authentic goodness of vietnamese cuisine. Bawai's offers vietnamese dishes from pho to spring rolls to salads and lastly, their yummy main course selection. Its definitely worth finding for. 128077

Btw call them ahead for reservation. As far as i know, they don't accept walk in customers.9996

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Deni P.
5.0 Stars

Started eating here in 2011 i think. Still the same awesome quality and taste. :) very good service too! Must try for those who love Vietnamese food -- and pinoy hospitality :)

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Pachie S.
4.0 Stars

The ingredients used were fresh and we love the prawns with tamarind sauce. We had a nice Father's Day dinner tonight. We'd love to come back to try the other dishes on the menu.

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Jen L.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Michael A.
5.0 Stars

The food here is great. Only by reservation.

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Loren L P.
5.0 Stars

Excuse the photo- this is the only I have on my phone. By the time food came, eating never stopped.

Fresh spring rolls, pho, salad, chicken in broth were all amazing! It was like eating in one of those restaurants along Dong Khoi Streets of Saigon. As others mentioned, going there could be quite tricky so make sure you have the directions properly before going. It's worth the trip.

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Bee F.
4.0 Stars

It's quite an adventure to try and find this place at night. Do a morning reconnoiter if you are unfamiliar with the area.

Parking is a killer.

The food on the other hand is worth the trip in my opinion.

Fresh tasting and if you add enough heat to the dishes it can take you back to Saigon via Tagaytay.

Note on the mosquitoes- they are legend.

Make sure the doors are closed if you are dining on the other end of the garden.

Get there early, take your time and linger.

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Jeffery O.
5.0 Stars

The tagaytay branch is the best! Serves true vietnamese cuisine..

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