Hoi An

Circle $$

It’s a wonderful thing to visit new countries and taste authentic, local cuisine.  For many this is the highlight of traveling. But if you’ve been on the road for a while or if you’re an expat sometimes you just have to have the taste of home.

 

Enter Circle. An unassuming café that specializes in burgers and other American short-order favorites on Cua Dai Road about a third of the way to the beach.

 

For many Hoi An expats Circle is a must-have hit at least once a week. Tourists have been discovering it too and several Trip Advisor reviewers claim Circle burgers are the best they’ve ever had!

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Circle, Hoi An, Juicy Lucy Burger

Yes, Circle makes some of the best burgers in Vietnam. What’s its secret? It’s the Juicy Lucy – a Minneapolis invention stuffed with cheese before cooking –  that’s the huge crowd-pleaser served with the warning to take care as the hidden molten cheese will be piping hot. But chef, Anh, has a deft touch with all her creations: from BLTs to Vietnamese staples including the backpacker favorite – hangover noodles.

 

Meanwhile, Jeff  keeps front-of-house running smoothly and customers are invariably smiling contentedly. The customer service is exemplary and on our visit the prevailing good mood was infectious. We settled in among cheerful yellow-slatted table-tops and, as we sipped our icy cold beers waiting for the burgers to arrive, Country Music star Alison Krauss drifted across the room. For a while I was transported to country town America but the oh so familiar Asian traffic hubub outside dragged me back to earth eventually.

 

At Circle repeat customers are common.

 

Hours: 12pm – 9pm (closed Wednesday)

Add: 317 Cua Dai

Tel: +84 (0) 902 914 662

Email: anh@circlehoian.com

Facebook: circlehoian

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