Looking for Vietnam recommendations: Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hoi An
Planning a trip to Vietnam later this year and was hoping someone might be able to give me the lowdown on good restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Hoi An.
We're planning on doing a fair bit of street food eating, of course, but I'd also like to check out a few restaurants, either doing good local dishes or something a bit more innovative based on traditional foods/ingredients. Anyone have any recommendations?
Thanks in advance!
I cannot say much about Saigon - so I will let others advise. Banh Mi can be superb - just see which stall attracts locals.
Hoi An has great food - it can be pricey, with places such as Mango Mango, but you can also try stunning food at a superb price such as Miss Ly Cafe and Restaurant 19. Although it was a bit more than what we would usually allow; we had a superb dinner at Morning Glory (stunning restaurant and atmosphere) - they also offer cooking classes. Take a look at our dining guide to Hoi An:
Hanoi has I.M.H.O the best street food in Vietnam. From Nem Nuong, Banh Goi, Banh Bao Thit, Bun Cha to the best Pho Bo in Vietnam - you will never go hungry. I totally overate in Hanoi and I am still glad that I did (my figure isn't so sure!). Take a look for addresses and pictures: http://www.asiasoutheast.com/vietnam/...
Any questions, feel free to ask :)
For French fine dining, Le Manoir De Khai comes to mind. But it's terribly touristy & I'd not been back there for ages to see how it is today
Other options include La Camargue (I'd not been to its new location since 2012) and Le Bouchon:
For casual French-Mediterranean (not really traditional bistro fare), the go-to spot is La Cuisine:
Last night in Hanoi I was taken to Nha Hang Ngon which was very good.
I was with seven local colleagues who ordered so I benefited from inside knowledge and their desire to show off the food. Looking around the clientele seemed to be 95% local - which is hopefully a good sign. It takes up two old French villas with three or four floors of very high ceilinged rooms and lots of space.
Traditional street style food - I think the ground floor has some cooking stations, and the non-locals seemed to be there. I suspect the better spaces are higher up - we were on the top floor. It's clean, well run and probably a good option of you want something relaxing and still authentic.