Hoi An

Beautifully presented Vietnamese food in a serene setting 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.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 509 8555
  • Travel: Between the Bridges
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User reviews:

Posted by: Frank on 14 Dec ' 11 at 13:47

Knowing the Manageress of this restaurant I found the service to be brilliant and is a microcasm of what Abu Dhabi is all about. Quiet, quality service and everything done in a first class manor.

Posted by: MgYOGfQowe on 24 Apr ' 11 at 03:47
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

With the bases loaded you stcruk us out with that answer!

Posted by: DgXFoKMny on 23 Apr ' 11 at 22:03
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

HHIS I suhold have thought of that!

Posted by: Hani on 16 Oct ' 10 at 15:16
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food was good although not much you'll understand on the menu. You can ask the waitress but I discovered from most of the restaurants you'll know the food when you order it. At Hoi Ann, do not alyways depend on what you order specially when you are not that hungry because waiter/waitresses will keep coming with small portion of food as complimentary. Overall, the food was good and the atmosphere was relaxing and some how quiet. Will surely come back.

Posted by: Anoymous on 01 Oct ' 10 at 03:32
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food and ambience were very good. While staff were courteous, they seemed to have little knowledge about the menu (both food and drinks). Our server did not know what draft beer was available and had to go back few times to ask the bar tender. When asked if my food (had the ribs -- which were great) were served on bone, the answer was yes, while it was served with the meat pulled from the bone. When asked if the dish was spicy, I was told the spicy sauce is served on the side as a condiment -- The dish never came with any spicy condiment! Will go back though

Posted by: 1 on 29 Jan ' 10 at 09:11
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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