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French-style bakery treats.
French-style bakery treats.
This multilevel lakeside spot is definitely worth the journey north to Tay Ho. It’s really three restaurants in one with an innovative bistro (try the sashimi or crab cakes), an oyster bar, and excellent wood-fired pizzas. Check the website for what’s happening with the live music schedule.
This is celebrity chef Duc Tran’s third and most beautiful Hoi An restaurant. Situated in a prime spot just over the bridge in An Hoi, it has Old Town views to die for and gorgeous shabby-chic decor utilising zany colours to the max.
Stunning four-storey modernist cafe-bar-restaurant overlooking the Temple of Literature, where the interior design has been taken very seriously, from the stylish seating to the fresh flowers by the till. Daily specials are chalked up on a blackboard and the short menu has everything from excellent Vietnamese food to yummy pita wraps and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips.
Occupying a tastefully restored old building this intimate restaurant is setting new gastro standards in the Old Quarter. It delivers a contemporary take on fine dining, with a short well-chosen menu of Western food including ravioli, lamb and very fine desserts (try the fig cheesecake).
Simple-looking French-Vietnamese-owned bamboo-and-thatch beachfront place that makes a very relaxed base for a day by the sea.
The first restaurant in Hoi An (since 1992), this modest-looking place is still going strong with its menu of Hoi An specialities and family recipes.
Also known as Someplace Else, this restaurant offers a large patio for dining that draws a mixed crowd of locals, expats and tourists. The menu is predominantly international, including imported Aussie meats and regular barbecues, but also some authentic Vietnamese dishes. It was on the move as we go to print to a new location near International SOS.
Run by a Dutch-Vietnamese couple, this restaurant on Cam Nam Island has sweeping views of the river from its upper floors and a tranquil location. Vietnamese favourites include the stuffed squid and claypot dishes, plus there’s a mean Dutch apple cake for dessert.
A little slice of Kiwi cafe culture – Puku means ‘stomach’ in New Zealand’s indigenous Maori language – with great burgers, Mexican wraps and all-day eggy breakfasts. The coffee is terrific and it’s a five-minute walk from the Hanoi railway station, ideal for a restorative brunch after the overnight train back from Sapa. Puku is also open 24 hours if you come down with the
Making the most of a wonderful Old Town trading house, the effortlessly hip and inviting Hai Cafe has a front porch for people-watching, a rear courtyard garden and an atmospheric dining room. On the menu are good sandwiches, Western breakfasts, Vietnamese dishes, European mains and vegie specials.
For discount designer dining, look no further than this stylish cafe-restaurant offering Vietnamese favourites at fair prices. While its location and look would suggest it’s aimed at tourists, it’s a testament to its quality and affordability that locals are usually in the majority.
Going with the Flow has a lot to recommend it. Firstly, there’s the elegant rock star–chic ambience of the dining room (black studded chairs, crimson banquettes, edgy art) and then there’s the wonderfully creative cuisine.
Hai Ba Trung ; Express ; Vegetarian Visiting presidents and prime ministers have slunk down this lantern- and fairy light-festooned alley and into this atmospheric old house to sample Tib’s Imperial Hue cuisine. While you could probably find similar food for less money elsewhere, the setting is wonderful.
A highly atmospheric and enjoyable restaurant, 69 occupies a historic house and features heavy old wooden beams and subtle lighting. The creative menu is predominantly Vietnamese (try grilled fish mousse served on lemongrass sticks, or the green papaya and beef salad) and there’s a commendably decent vegetarian selection.