Californian artist, surfer, chef and all-round good guy, Chris Charney, has created a wonderful space at An Bang Beach. The Mexican food is hearty, generous and cheap and the vibe is unashamedly lazy. Expats love Felina Cantina and many rank it the best Mexican in town (which is saying plenty considering Hola Taco is very fine indeed).
Tourists who gravitate to Felina Cantina often seem to settle in for the duration of their stay – not just to eat, but also to chill out. On a sizzling, breathless Hoi An afternoon you might swear that time has stood still until you spy the unhurried figure of Chris, shirt off or undone, making his masterpieces in the kitchen, a ripple in the langour of this shaded al fresco setting.
Felina Cantina is certainly one of the best value-for-money options in Hoi An with some tacos going for a ridiculous 30,000 VND and most burritos around the 75,000 VND mark. And there’s some innovation too. Ever tried a chicken and pineapple taco or a barbecued tofu taco?
Vegetarians and vegans are well looked after and there’s a range of cocktails as well as the staples behind the bar.
The music playlist wanders across a wide range: on my last visit, it was the passionate sound of Mexican acoustic guitarist, Antonio Bribiesca.