Beautifully presented Vietnamese food in a serene setting 6 Reviews
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Vietnam is an enchanting country. Otherworldly, rustic, and alien to Westerners, it’s a country that draws you in and makes you want to return time and again. It also serves some of the most varied, tasty and downright strange foods we’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.
It is a treasure trove of street food stalls, coffee shops, restaurants and flavours. Which is why we head to Hoi An with much anticipation and excitement.
The restaurant is kitted out to resemble a traditional Vietnamese dining room. There are ceiling fans, dark wooden beams and wicker chairs. It is calming, cool and serene. Which are not words you’d usually associate with Ho Chi Minh City. Similarly, it’s pretty pricey, especially once the taxes have been added, which is also unlike the dirt-cheap dishes you’ll find in Vietnam.
Hoi An is a touch of class, however, and this is a fine dining spot.
Saying that, there’s only so much you can do with crispy rolls. Here, they’re filled with sweet flakes of crab meat, subtle shrimp and meaty shiitake mushrooms, as well as coriander and glass noodles. They crunch, they flake, they taste absolutely delicious.
The same can be said for the “Crab Two Way”, though the spicy crab cake suffers slightly next to the soft shell crab.
So far, so deep-fried. We don’t stop there either. The fried salt and pepper prawns are perhaps the highlight, strikingly presented and full of heat, salt and bite.
The lamb cutlets are a high-end dish that don’t seem particularly in keeping with the cuisine, but the meat is excellently cooked.
It’s hardly like sitting in a roadside joint in Saigon, but it is a great place to sample the Vietnamese high life in the heart of Abu Dhabi.
The Bill (for two)
1x crab two way Dhs85
1x Hoi An crispy rolls Dhs58
1x fried salt and pepper prawns Dhs125
1x five spiced lamb cutlets Dhs125
The bottom line
A fine dining take on Vietnam.
Time Out Abu Dhabi,
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