Hoi An

Lua $$

Lua dining area.Sometimes in Hoi An it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t have at least a toe or two in the fusion recipe world.  Sitting in its white lantern-lit, resort-style setting, Lua is a refreshing exception. Only interested in offering traditional Vietnamese dishes, Lua is refreshingly authentic, right down to its lush rice paddy surrounds.

On arrival, water features introduce a huge elevated, outdoor patio that overlooks gorgeous rural surrounds.

We kicked off with Banana Flower Salad which was served with twists of duck sausage across the top. Very fresh and dressed deftly leaving it a little crisp.

The highlight was the ‘Tofu on Fire’ – a triumph of contrasting textures – soft white tofu, five different mushrooms, crispy onion, large red chilies, carrots and greens. This time, to cater for the vegetarians amongst us, the calamari, shrimp, cuttlefish and tuna had been omitted leaving me wondering how their inclusion could have made it better than it already was.

Lua is the genuine article. No weird French-style sauce concoctions or mango with red peppercorn cream sauce can be found. Nor are there hamburgers or pizza selections towards the back of the menu.

Banana Flower and duck sausage salad. LuaTofu on Fire. LuaMany restaurants present fusion options or doctor their food, guessing what they think Westerners want. As Lua’s genial manager, Vu, commented: Lua is not just about the food it’s about the food culture – no compromise. 



Hours: 9am – 11pm

Add: 61 Ly Thai To (at the large flashing Lua sign follow the trail for 100 meters)

Tel: +84 (0)235 3910 222

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