Ancient Faifo Restaurant - 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc: A must visit in Hoi An
An opulent experience to delight the senses, Ancient Faifo is a venue like no other. Combining elements of art, music and history, Ancient Faifo offers culture catered to the highest tastes with its menu of quintessential Vietnamese cuisine and innovative redefinition of ancient recipes. Visit our classic café, where trained barristas create exquisite blends of coffee, and indulge in elegant verrine-style tapas dreamed up by our chefs. Venture into our rustic lounge for cocktails with a twist, swing in time to our nightly jazz band and piano soloists, or mingle with friends on the patio, watching the sun go down on the lantern-strewn streets of Hội An. Enjoy a cocktail on the garden patio and then request a table on the small balcony overlooking the lantern-strewn street.
An ancient collection of art is displayed throughout the premises, as well as a gallery exhibiting art from Vietnam’s newest and most exciting artists. Ancient Faifo is located in the heart of Hội An’s ancient town, a short walk from the Japanese bridge. Live piano music is offered daily from 7pm - 8pm. Please visit our website http://ancientfaifo.com.vn/
Favorite Dish: Individual Set Menu Xuân Cổ
Taro mousseline and minced shrimp
Party’s shredded Chicken and sweet Corn soup
Boiled Chicken stock with shredded chicken meat, Corn kernel, and Roux Eggs
thickened with Cornstarch and onion rings
Clay pot of fish and coconut rice / cá chiên tộ và cơm dừa
Braised Basa fish fillet with pineapples and tomato sauce, coconut rice
and sweet potato shoots
Chocolate brownie and vanilla ice cream
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Yellow Flower Riverside: Great Hoi An springrolls
This is right in the pedestrianised main drag of the old town. So it's a great place for people watching whilst enjoying your food and drinks.
Favorite Dish: The Hoi an style spring rolls is very good. It's slightly crunchy outside and there's pork and prawns inside. Goes well with the dip that comes with it.
Thanh Phuong: Thanh Phuong - best place ever
This restaurant has everything - good place, great food, excellent service, reasonable prices, and the happy hour for evening drinks.
It is just across the river from the old town, along with other restaurants.
We tried other options, but this one was the best from all perspectives.
There is also the nice touch - after you have your meal, waiter brings little cups of tea and some local or international sweets.
Unfortunately they're not doing cooking classes. They food is so good that we still remember it after couple months, but we don't know how to make it.
Favorite Dish: Once we tried grilled pork with garlic, we didn't wanted other food or other restaurant.
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Laugh Cafe: great food and a great cause
Laugh Cafe is run by an Australian NGO to train young people to work in the hotel / resort/ restaurant industry.
It serves great food, it has icy cold drinks and beer and free wifi. It is run mostly by the trainees who do a great job and are friendly and helpful and they actually smile at you.
there are apparently two Laughs but they are the same organisation. Both of them are in Tan cao Van street, one at 40 and the other at 126. I went to 126 and it is excellent, well worth finding.
The man who runs it, Peter, is very helpful and will provide answers on lots of things.
We did the chicken lemongrass at a cooking class at Laugh (along with fish in banana leaf and papaya salad and fried wontons). The class was great fun, and we got to choose what we cooked.
Favorite Dish: The chicken with lemongrass was a standout dish. It is hard to select a favourite as there is a huge selection and it was not possible to try everything. BUT, every dish we ordered was great. We tried the local dishes, Papaya salad, white rose, Cao Lau, fried wontons, and maybe 4 others. What can you say when everything that arrives is GOOD!
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Lantern Town Restaurant: Great food Great Service
The food was excellent and was also affordable. The surroundings are equally as impressive, will become a regular place to stop for a drink and a meal when i return to Hoi An. Had a chance to catch up with the manger whom is professional and speaks english which was a great help. Free pol was an added bonus.
Favorite Dish: Great food Great Service
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The Banana Cafe: GREAT dining with the BEST VIEW in Town...
This small restaurant is located just across the street from the Thu Bon River...provided some great views of the local people coming and going...also the steady stream of tourists visiting the Old Quarter of Hoi An while eating some reliably good food.if you're lucky when you arrive you can have a street side table...We were able to watch business transactions between tourist and vendor...boat rides being sold..and activity on the river..It was quite an entertaining place to hang out at.
It serves up local cuisine and the odd Western staple...The service was fine...its not Five Star dining...but the restaurant is clean and the food was good...
We discovered it the first day we arrived here...and inevitably because of the good food,we visited daily while we were here..and more often than not....we had a table at street side...More than once while sitting there...we brought them some business when people would approach to check out the menu just outside the front of the restaurant...we'd encourage them to come in...assuring them that the food was good...We never did get our kick back though..as we thought we should have been entitled to..
Favorite Dish: I had a small variety of foods from the Banana...they make a GREAT sandwich served up on a small baguette...vegetables fresh and crisp...served with cucumber and lettuce....my only requirement...HOLD THE MAYO please...No sauces like this for me please.
The vegetable noodle soup was chocked full of fresh veggies...and served piping hot.The crab and asparagus soup was also a favorite...
Crispy Fried won-ton served hot and delicious...filled with crab and a tomato sauce and seasoned well especially with cilantro...
Most everything that we ordered of the menu was delicious...plain and simple....Pricing was more than fair...nothing except the fresh squeezed orange juice would be considered expensive..
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Tam Tam Cafe - Hoi An: My favourite! - in Hoi An
2 branches of a great cafe/restaurant/bar on 2 levels serving excellent Vietnamese/western food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner available for good prices. Clean place and friendly staff. Great spicy chicken curry and papaya salad. Balcony upstairs/partly open at front downstairs. Pool table.
Favorite Dish: Spicy chicken curry, papaya salad.
Good morning Vietnam: quality food, rare to find in Hoi An
Hoi An, food-wise, proved to be a very sad place... plenty of restaurants all over, of very poor quality. One notable exception is the Good morning Vietnam, although it mainly serves Italian food. The people are friendly and the owner, Massimo, helpful. Just don't talk politics with him, he's quite angry with the entire world.
Favorite Dish: Special of the day, when we went, was a swordfish carpaccio, meaning raw sword-fish slices... delicious, but not for those who can't eat garlic, as they surely abounded. I loved it. My husband had some more conventional pasta with shrimps.. he quite liked the added spoonful of caviar on top.
A good meal... only slightly pricier than other restaurant in town, but ten thousands times better
Hotel Vinh Hung: Good breakfast, more continantal than others
The breakfast is more continental than in other hotels and was, I must admit (how embarrassing!), the best I’ve eaten in Vietnam. The service was very polite like in every hotel we’ve been in Vietnam.
Favorite Dish: Good juice, good food, choose from a small but good buffet with things we haven't get in other restaurants.
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Laugh Cafe: Vietnamese and Vegetarian - helping young people
Laugh Cafe is not in a main tourist street, but is well worth finding. Set up to help young Vietnamese get a start in the hospitality industry it serves great Vietnamese food.
It has a huge variety of dishes - I counted to 100 and stopped;
the servings are generous, unlike many Vietnamese restaurants
the service comes with a smile, and genuine interest. The young trainees who work here are keen to improve their English.
Laugh Cafe takes young people who want to get a start in the restaurant/ hospitality sector and teaches them English, how to run a restaurant, cooking skills, hygiene and safety and then lets them do it.
The organisation that supports the restaurant and provides the training is MAD Indochina, an Australian NGO (Charity)
Favorite Dish: Cau Lau is the traditional noodle dish of Hoi An and it is great.
Laugh Cafe offers the traditional variety and a vegetarian version. It also seems to offer traditional and vegetarian versions of other local dishes. I have not tried them all, but those i have eaten are all outstandingly delicious.
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Goda Restaurant: Fusion
The Goda Restaurant is located in a remodeled villa --good food, very pleasant ambiance.
Favorite Dish: I don't remember the name of the dish, but they wrapped sliced pork in guava leaves, and inserted 3 of these little packages into a split chopstick. We also had mango salad with beef.
Son: Relax by the river
This is a “slow food” restaurant restaurant with excellent food, great service, and a nice outdoor bar right on the river.
Favorite Dish: There were five of us and we all ordered something different. Everyone left happy
Tam Tam cafe.: Good food and free wireless.
Tam Tam cafe is one of my favorite in Hoi An.
It´s a cafe/bar/restaurant that is situated 2 blocks from the river and the place has two floors aswell as outdoor seating.
It has very long opening hours, but i generally preferred the place for breakfast as i really liked what they had on offer there.
They have free wifi and it worked really fine when i was there.
The place comes to live on the second floor in the evening where there is a backpacker style bar with a pool table.
I was there briefly one night, but better leave it to other to describe that part as i was only there very briefly.
Favorite Dish: I liked their breakfast a lot.
I tried several things from their breakfast menu and always left the place happy with a full stomach..
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Cargo & Tam Tam Cafes: Opposite each other
These two cafe cum restaurants sit opposite each other in the heart of the Old Town and are housed in traditional buildings. The decor is authentic local-style, with hanging bamboo lamps, a high wooden ceiling, and fantastic wooden figurines. I had a nice banana and chocolate crepe and a coffee at the Cargo Cafe and sat outside and watched the locals and tourists walk by. Both offer pretty similar dishes and ambience inside.
Green Moss: Hoi An's speciality noodle dish cao lau
This lovely looking restaurant is housed in a French colonial era house opposite the Trieu Chau Assembly Hall and serves mostly Asian dishes. I had Hoi An's speciality noodle dish cao lau, a tasty soup made with thick wheat noodles, meat and aromatic vegetables. It was influenced by imported Japanese soba noodles. Local folklore says that the dish must be made from the water of a specific well, the Ba Le Well, while others argue that it is simply the distinctive noodles that make it unique. Whatever way, it was quite tasty as a small dish to have for lunch. Nice place that's out the way of the more busier establishments.
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