PLACES TO EAT

 

In Saigon:

Quan An Ngon

Add: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street
Tel: (84.8) 829 9449
Two people can sample a feast of traditional, regional Vietnamese food for US$5 to US$6 each. Poke around the outside edge first, where cooks at individual stations make their specialities, and let the lovely fragrances whet your appetite.

Tib Restaurant

Add: 187 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3
Tel: (84.8) 829 7242
Housed in a Sino-French villa down a quiet alleyway, Tib does good Hue-style dishes and a mean jackfruit salad with grilled sesame. It offers a tasty variety of vegetaria;. specialities as well.

Nam AnTib Restaurant

Add: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Street
Tel: (84.8) 822 0246
Modelled on a Buddhist temple, with indoor-outdoor seating

Lemon Grass

Add: 04 Nguyen Thiep Street
Tel: (84.8) 822 0496
One of the best Vietnamese restaurants in the city centre. You would be hard-pressed to find anything bad on the menu, so if you can't decide what to order just pick something at random. Two women in traditional costume play musical instruments while you eat.

Mandarine

Add: 11A Ngo Van Nam Street
Tel: (84.8) 822 9783
The fine selection of traditional dishes on offer draws from southern, central and northern cooking styles. The food is superb, and the pleasant decor and traditional music performances make it an all-round good bet. A house speciality worth trying is the Hanoi-style cha ca.

Hoian

Add: 11D Le Thanh Ton Street
Tel: (84.8) 823 7694
Email: hoian@hcm.fpt.vn
Just down the street from Mandarine - and run by the same people -is this lovely, Chinese-style place decorated in a classical, antique motif. Hoi An specialises in central Vietnamese and imperial Hue-style dishes, and has the heaviest wooden chairs in Vietnam!

Indochine

Add: 32 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 3
Tel: (84.8) 823 9256
Email: indochine-sq@hcm.fpt.vn
Nestled in a French-style villa, with wait-staff dressed in tradilional garb, Indochine's atmosphere is serene and elegant. Try the grilled prawn cakes, or the banana-flower salad (goi bap chuoi); there's an excellent wine list as well. Traditional music is performed from 7.30pm to 9.30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening.

In Hanoi:

Spices Grarden

Add: Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, 15 Ngo Quyen St
Tel: (84.4) 826 6919
Comment: Good. varied, elegantly displayed Vietnamese buffet lunch; a la carte quality Vietnamese dinner

Au Lac House

Add: 13 Tran Hung Dao St., Hoan Kiem Dist
Tel: (84.4) 933 3533
Fax: (84.4) 933 3522
Comment: Au Lac house is situated in one of Hanoi's largest remaining homes from the colonial period. A beautiful spot with a lovely balcony overlooking tree lined Tran Hung Dao street. And the food is delightful as well

Le Tonkin

Add: 14 Ngo Van Vo St., Hoan Kiem Dist
Tel: (84.4) 943 3457
Fax: (84.4) 943 3731
Comment: One of the no longer rare restaurants in Hanoi serving decent Vietnamese fare in a picturesque French colonial villa.

Brothern's Cafe

Add: 26 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Ba Dinh Dist
Tel: (84.4) 733 3866
Comment: Decent buffet. Most pleasant courtyard, beautiful traditional Vietnamese indoor decor

Indochine Restaurant

Add: 16 Nam Ngu St
Tel: (84.4) 942 4097
Fax: (84.4) 942 4104
Comment: Authentic decor, selective Vietnamese cuisine

Hue Restaurant

Add: 06 Ly Thuong Kiet St., Hoan Kiem Dist
Tel: (84.4) 826 4062
Comment: Hue (Central Vietnam) cuisine, catering to medium to lower end customers. Prime location

Cha Ca La Vong (Sauteed Fish) Restaurant

Add: 14 Cha Ca St
Tel: (84.4) 825 3929
Comment: This restaurant, itself a tradition, sits on the street bearing its own name. It serves solely the traditional grilled fish dish, cha ca, of the Hanoi Region. Only those who dare to try this dishes' pungent shrimp paste dipping can enjoy the wholeness of Cha Ca

Lotus Private Rooms

Add: Melia Hanoi, 44B Ly Thuong Kiet St
Tel: (84.4) 934 3343
Type: Asian, European and Chinese cuisines
Comment: Cosy & mixed Sino-Vietnamese selection

Brasserie Westlake

Add: 01 Thanh Nien St., Ba Dinh Dist
Tel: (84.4) 823 8888
Type: European, Asian

In Sapa:

Gecko

Add: Ham Rong Street
Tel: () 871504
A fine French-run restaurant where you can sip espressos, pick up picnic lunches or treat yourself to a sumptuous set menu. The bar is a good gathering place if you've had enough of the main strip

Delta Restaurant

Add: Cau May Street
Tel: () 871 799
This was Sapa's first (and still the town's only) predominantly Italian restaurant

Drinking Sapa

Considering the number of travellers to Sapa, organised entertainment is relatively scarce and the bar scene slow. For most, an evening out is the guesthouse balcony, particularly if the fog rolls in

Bamboo Bar:

(Green Bamboo Hotel; Cau May Street)
The first Western-style watering hole to open in Sapa and it's still going strong in the basement of a grand building

Bamboo Bar:

(Cau May Street)
Next door to the Bamboo Bar, there's a free traditional hill-tribe music-and-dance show here from 8.30pm Friday and Saturday

Red Dragon Pub:

(Tel: 872 085; 23 Muong Hoa Street)
Downstairs is a tiny little tearoom; upstairs a British pub. They knock out a serious range of beers, as any good pub should, including ginseng flavour

Victoria Sapa Hotel:

(Tel: 871 522)
Offers two bars or a terrace for a sundowner in style. Drinks cost more than elsewhere in town, but the ambience is alluring on a cold night

In Nhatrang:

Red Lantern Restaunrant

Add: 137 Hoang Van Thu St., Nha Trang
Tell: (84.58) 815 006 / 819 660

Ships & Sea Cafe'

Add: 56 Dong Da St., Nha Trang
Tell: (84.58) 512 420

Tamarind Tree Restaurant

Add: 284, 2/4 St., Nha Trang
Tell: (84.58) 811 576

In Danang:

Apsara Restaurant

Add: 222 Tran Phu Street

Alexandre Restaurant

Add: Z15-16-17 Bach Dang Dong
Tel: (84.511) 931 537
(Including music shows, karaoke rooms ect

4u - For You Restaurant

Add: Bach Dang Dong (39-40 Z 11 Tran Hung Dao Street)

Indochine You Restaurant

Add: 18 Tran Phu Street
Tel: (84.511) 887 007

Kim Do Restaurant

Add: 180 Tran Phu Street

In Hue:

Thien Thai

Add: Trung tam Dich Vu Du Lich Festival 11 Le Loi
Tel: (84.54) 823 939

An Dinh Cung

Add: 91/3 Phan Dinh Phung
Tel: (84.54) 820 902

Restaurant of Huong Giang hotel

Add: 51 Le Loi
Tel: (84.54) 822 122 - 822 182

Restaurant of Century hotel

Add: 40 Le Loi
Tel: (84.54) 823 390 - 823 394