Xuan Tu’s Top 5 Restaurants – Hoi An

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From pop-up street food eateries through to quality high-end restaurants. There are literally hundreds of places to eat in Hoi An.  This is the Top-5 restaurants and eateries my customers consistently offer good value-for-money, great food or is a ‘must-try’.

#1. Mr Son

Situated a few metres off the Thu Bon river in an open building, Mr Son’s is just a couple of tables pushed together that might seat 15-20 people at a push.  I know Mr & Mrs Son accept they’re not the youngest couple in Hoi An, but they really understood the power of TripAdvisor – their small eatery is consistently busy while others can be quiet.  Mr Son is “front of house” and Mrs Son is head (and only) chef – cooking amazing food in a tiny kitchen.  I think this is Vietnamese food and my people at their best – go try it, you won’t be disappointed.

#2. Tra Que Garden Restaurant

Just a few minutes outside of Hoi An ‘old town’ and part of the wonderful Tra Que Herb & Vegetable Village.  This simple restaurant uses organic produce from their own unique smallholdings.  You sit on a terrace overlooking rows of fragrant herbs & veg sold into restaurants and markets of Hoi An. Tra Que offers a short set menu of authentic Vietnamese food and is top-rated on TripAdvisor, reinforcing my customer’s feedback!  They also run local cooking classes which get great reviews too.  Did I mention this is a unique place?  Because the smallholdings are 100% organic, and unique in Vietnam using a coastal river’s seaweed as fertilizer – no GMO’s or chemicals.  

#3. Home Hoi An

Situated 2 minutes from our famous Japanese Bridge this is high-end Vietnamese dining.  In a building reminiscent of the French colonial period, the executive chef showcases authentic Vietnamese cuisine with exquisite service (albeit not at authentic street food prices). Because this is one of the burgeoning quality restaurants appearing in central Vietnam, catering to the increasing number of wealthy visitors from overseas. I think its worth a try if you want a special ‘night-out’, and its a helpful place for me because they have upstairs rooms that cater to the larger numbers who visit with me on corporate tours/weddings etc

#4. MIX

Run by Xristos this is a lovely Greek restaurant overlooking Hoi An’s riverside.  He’s really ‘hands-on’ to ensure his diners experience something special. I’ve taken my own customers and friends here and never been disappointed, and have you eaten anywhere where wait staff will try and stop you ordering – ‘too much, too much’?  Well worth a try if you want a break from our Vietnamese fare. Just be careful of the steep staircase up to the WC.

#5. Phuong Banh Mi

It was way back in 2009 the late Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’ TV show was first screened.  But his impact on one of Hoi An’s favourite street snack remains strong to this day.  Madam Phuong’s eatery at 2B Phan Chau Trinh is always recognisable by the queue!  My customers generally give this Banh Mi the thumbs up, but there are several other Vietnamese Baguette stalls dotted around Hoi An – most certainly a ‘must-try’ experience to see what all the fuss is about!