Still relatively fresh-faced on the Hoi An scene, newcomer The Filling Station Bar & Grill is already making a name for itself among backpackers and residents alike with it’s bold burger menu, craft beers and chilled vibe.
Straight into the food. The cheeseburger was delicious – succulent beef seasoned with onion and garlic, oozing with melted cheese and streaked with mustard. Despite the hefty size it didn’t stay on my plate too long. The best burger I’ve had yet in Hoi An.
Meaty mains are served with complimentary coleslaw or potato salad. I sampled both, and found them a more refreshing and quirkier choice in place of trusty old fries. The coleslaw is spruced up with lime, the potato salad recipe is strictly secret – naturally the mystery adds to the tasty flavor!
More daring burger aficionados might want to step up and order the signature ‘Heart Attack’ or if you think you can handle it, challenge yourself to the ‘Triple by-pass’ which doubles up the patty and bacon.
My companion chose an Arriba Dog which is Filling Station’s Chili Cheeses Dog. Another hefty serving and, judging by his moans of delight, another winner. Meanwhile the veggie menu includes build-your-own salads, paninis and veggie nachos.
Managed by young Canadian / Vietnamese husband and wife duo Tyson and Xuan and their fabulously boisterous Labrador pup, at only eight months young the Filling Station feels like part of the community. You’ll be mixing with a stream of regular expats and travelers from all over. They run a weekly pool tournament (7pm sharp on Friday nights – a minute late and you lose your spot) and watch this space for a Sunday afternoon beer pong sessions.
By night (or afternoon – why not!) take your pick from pints or cocktails and enjoy the bar scene. Xuan trained as a cocktail mixer in Saigon and her specialties are the passionfruit margarita, Mai Tai and White Russian. I was intrigued by the Hangover Coffee which contains Bailey’s, and will be trying that with the Mexican breakfast next time I need a hair of the dog. Tap your feet along to popular 80’s and 90’s hits, or send any song requests Tyson’s way.
Cocktails range from a very reasonable 50,000 vnd – 75,000 vnd, for a pint of the popular IPA it’s 95,000 vnd. Keep your eyes on their Facebook page for deals – they run ad hoc special offers and events such as Lady’s Night.
A great addition to the Western food scene in Hoi An with an adventurous menu including proper burgers in a relaxed setting.