Restaurants in Hoi An
There are so many amazing restaurants in Hoi An Ancient Town serving both local and Western food. We eat at all local restaurants – the prices quoted below are converted into pounds to make it easier. When we visited, 30,000 Vietnamese Dong was £1. The local dishes to keep an eye out for are Chicken Rice (Com Ga), Rice noodles with barbecued pork (Cao Lau) Vietnamese Pancake (Banh Xeo), White rose dumplings (Banh Bao Vac) and Banh Mi (Vietnamese Baguette).
The Hoianian Wine Bar and Restaurant is a must visit in Hoi An! The wine bar downstairs and the second level restaurant are authentically decorated with wooden panels, Buddha statutes and lanterns.
We started off with the Signature Starter with a taste of three well known specialities in Hoi An: fried wonton, white rose dumplings and crispy spring rolls (£4). All three were delicious appetisers with the spring rolls being the winners.
Our second course was the Cha Ca Hanoi, a delicacy from Hanoi made from char grilled marinated fish fillet served on a frying pan with herbs, roasted peanuts, Vietnamese dipping sauce and fresh rice vermicelli (£6). This was probably the best fish dish I have ever tasted! The fish fillet was so tender, flaky and had a kick from the spices which was then offset by the noodles and vegetables.
The third course was Vietnamese Beef Steak served with French fries, stir fried mushroom, caramelised shallot and red wine sauce (£10). This was such a great dish – the beef was SO tender and juicy and the red wine sauce was a great accompaniment.
Lastly, we tucked into the Panda leaf crepe with mango and coconut sauce which was a light and refreshing end to our meal (£2) . We also sipped on some delightful Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (£4) and a Chilean Merlot (£4).
Nu Eatery is a slightly hidden but amazing restaurant in Hoi An The restaurant has a small rooftop but we sat inside in what felt like a cosy local house with a small, focused menu with plenty of quality.
From the ‘snacks’ section we had Steamed Buns with pork belly, pickled cucumber and spicy mayonnaise (£1) and the Chill Lime Shrimp with lotus seed puree, coriander, shrimp crackers (£2) and from the ‘Mains’ section we loved the Noddle with rice fettuccine, spicy pork ragu (£3.5).
The flavours and presentation were excellent and the chill lime shrimp in particular is a must order!
I read about Morning Glory in many publications and blogs before I arrived in Hoi An as it was featured as a must go to restaurant in Hoi An. The owner, Ms Vy, has had over 30 years experience in the kitchen and has successfully opened a number of restaurants in Hoi An. All the food on the menu has special memories, mainly of Ms Vy’s mother and grandmother creating and cooking the dishes.
The menu is split into street food appetizers, noodle dishes, rice dishes and more. We opted for the:
- Crispy Roast Duck Rolls and Tamarind Sauce (£3)
- Hoi An Chicken Rice (£3)
- Morning Glory Prawn Curry (£6)
I loved the story and success of Ms Vy but it did not meet the high expectations created by the various reviews online! Essentially, it was good but not great.
This café was recommended to us by our hotel due to its gorgeous rooftop. As the name suggests, there are plenty of coffee options available at Faifo, both hot and cold.
Whilst you can visit near sunset for beautiful views, you will fight for photos at the front. Visit mid morning before the lunch rush and there are usually less people. The strawberry milkshake was delicious too!
Madam Kieu serves a variety of Vietnamese cuisine with live music after (I think) 9pm. With seating outside overlooking the night market and the river, you can people watch to your heart’s content. Beer was under £2 and classic cocktails were £4. I had a refreshing Hoi An Sling with gin, cointreau, angostura, Benedictine, pineapple juice and mango juice.
Food wise, we opted for the:
- Ha Cao Tom He: Braised Pork Dumplings (£3)
- Hoi An barbecue pork (£6)
- Vietnamese Beef Pancake (£5).
In Hoi An, barbecue dishes are a great way to attract tourists into the restaurants due to their great smell. It definitely worked! Both of the main dishes were served with rice paper – the idea is to wrap the pork / pancake in the rice paper with noodles and vegetables (like a spring roll) and then dip in the sauce.
A good meal although a little pricier than other restaurants and we loved the live music.
Nostalife is situated near Madam Kieu and is only identifiable by a sign as it is hidden down a lantern lit pathway. We visited during the day for a snack and drink and loved the wooden lanterns and the colourful artwork.
Beer was £1, sprits and mixers £2.5 and cocktails just over £3. The food is very reasonably priced with some dishes (including Chicken Rice, Cam Gau and Pork Xao Lau) just over £1 and larger noodle dishes around £2.5. We had the Crispy Fried Wontons (£2) to tide us over until dinner which hit the spot.
We visited Madam Khanh on our Hoi An sightseeing tour. It started off as a small mobile truck selling Banh Mi, a Vietnamese bread with different fillings. They serve five different types of Bahn Mi (mixed, vegetarian, pork and ham, chicken and fried eggs). Our mixed Banh Mi with vegetables, pork, ham, eggs, pate, egg sauce, papaya, cucumber was AMAZING. By far the best we have had in Vietnam.
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