Xin Chao


  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine when you dine at the restaurant

Xin Chao, which translates to “hello” in Vietnamese, opened in the historical Sixth Ward in October, 2020. Here, diners savor contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, with mouth-watering dishes like smoked beef cheek dumplings, tamarind king crab, and lemongrass-buttermilk fried chicken. At the helm are acclaimed Houston-native Co-Executive Chefs/Owners Christine Ha and TJ Nguyen. Chef Ha first exploded into the national spotlight as the Season 3 winner Gordon Ramsay's popular MasterChef competition show on FOX. She then opened her first eatery, The Blind Goat, which quickly garnered major acclaim both locally (three star review from the Houston Chronicle), and nationally (Semi-Finalist for James Beard's "Best New Restaurant in America" Award in 2020). And, as if her culinary talents were't inspiring enough, did we mention that, as a result of multiple sclerosis, Chef Ha has been almost completely blind since 2007 and uses assistive technologies in her cooking? Chef Nguyen's resume is no joke either as, in addition to his role at Xin Chao, he serves as Chef/Partner of another beloved Houston eatery: Saigon House. Busy guy!

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