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Check out the Ho Chi Minh City restaurant where food is served by model train

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 15:19 GMT+7
Check out the Ho Chi Minh City restaurant where food is served by model train
A model train delivers Vietnamese spring rolls at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

The Train Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 has ditched its waiters and instead serves up food using a 30-meter model train.

Nguyen Thi Theu was inspired to open The Train Restaurant after visiting a similar eatery during a trip to the Czech Republic. 

Nguyen Thi Theu, owner of The Train Restaurant puts food on a model train to serve to diners at her restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Thi Theu, owner of The Train Restaurant, puts food on a model train to serve to diners at her restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

It cost Theu and her husband about VND500 million (US$21,265) bring the idea to life, including buying the model train and cars, plants, train stations, and European buildings that flank its tracks.

The model train carries about 5kg of food each trip and spends from 10 to 20 seconds at each table as diners pick up their Vietnamese spring rolls, spaghetti, dim sum, tteokbokki, and hamburgers.

A model train delivers food at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

A model train delivers food at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

“I’ve never seen such a thing in any restaurant in Vietnam,” said Do Thanh Hien, a diner from District 7.

“My kids really enjoy it.”

“It’s interesting to hear the train sounds and watch it stop at my table to deliver food,” remarked Nguyen Duc Tung, another diner.

To visit The Train Restaurant, head to 41 Hung Phuoc 1, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

Diner Nguyen Duc Tung takes photos of the model train delivering food at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Diner Nguyen Duc Tung takes photos of the model train delivering food at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Diners take their food from the model train at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Diners take their food from the model train at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Children get excited watching a train deliver food to their table at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Children get excited watching a train deliver food to their table at The Train Restaurant in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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