Quick Guide to International Restaurants
International Restaurant Reviews
3 Dragons Sports Bar & Restaurant / Tap House
3 Dragons Sports Bar & Restaurant opened on the 1st day of the Rugby World Cup on the 9th of September, 2011. Many things have changed in town for Hoi An’s original sports bar since then, but its passion for sports, drinks and food has stayed the same.
Hoi An Steakhouse $$$ – Review
There are those times, as every dedicated carnivore knows, when nothing, absolutely nothing else can substitute for a big fat juicy steak, marinating in its own juices, seared to perfection, sizzling on a bed of creamy mash …. Oh stop it! My extremely healthy quinoa and tofu salad has just lost all it’s appeal! Hoi An Steakhouse bring it on!
Dingo Deli $$
Dingo Deli is a delectable Western Oasis in an Asian world – Lavazza coffee, smoked ham, parmesan cheese in blocks and a bakery with a constantly changing array of pastries and breads. With one of Hoi An’s best international menus, a Western mini-mart and a quality children’s playground, expats rely on it heavily.
Baba’s Kitchen $$
Baba's Kitchen $$ I was skeptical about Baba's Kitchen. Having spent some time in India, I usually avoid Indian restaurants in other countries as they're mostly disappointing. Let's admit it, Indian cuisine adapted to Western palates is often really bland....
Hoi An Steakhouse
For many visitors to Vietnam the local food is a marvel. But there often comes a time when you just have to have a fix from home – a change from the dominant noodle and rice dishes. Enter Hoi An Steakhouse.
Restaurant & Cafe Tuan – Another TripAdvisor Marvel
Yes, it’s a battle royal for top restaurant spot on Trip Advisor in Hoi An. For a couple of months now Restaurant & Cafe Tuan (Vietnamese/Western/Italian) has reigned supreme. At the time of writing, 91 per cent of 864 reviewers rated it excellent, the highest possible rating, while almost all others rated it very good. There is apparently no downside.
Thai Market $$
Thai Market, the fifth branch of a Da Nang-based chain, sits in a grand old colonial house on the edge of Old Town. Its classic Thai dishes are so authentic – from curries to Pad Thai to mango and sticky rice – that if you close your eyes to the Hoi An lanterns, you may well think you’re in Thailand.
Nhan’s Kitchen (Bep Nhan) $
Nhan’s Kitchen, a modest suburban, no-frills café, has only been open for a few months so how can it be TripAdvisor’s #1 Restaurant in Hoi An? In fact, it’s been in the Top 5 virtually ever since it opened. How has it had such phenomenal success against 684 cut-throat competitors?
Circle Cafe $$
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.
Soul Beach $$
Soul Beach (Hon Bien) offers a relaxed atmosphere, a bevy of cocktails, and a live music experience akin to that of its sister business, Soul Kitchen. While Soul Kitchen looks after the end of the week, Soul Beach has live performance or DJs Mondays and Wednesdays.
Mix It Up! Mix Greek Restaurant $$
I was first introduced to Greek food around the time ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ was released. My mother loved the movie and one day announced we would be going to a Greek restaurant. I was excited – after all, I was a girl who was ‘cultured’, eating Kimchi at the age of six, escargot by seven, and a plethora of other delicacies my friends hadn’t even heard of, let alone considered including in their strict Kraft-boxed-dinner repertoire.
Belleville Restaurant and Lounge $$
Named after the eclectic Parisian neighborhood that spawned Edith Piaf and many other notable French artists, Belleville Restaurant & Lounge is a meeting place for people from all walks of life. At this open and airy bar in the back streets of An Hoi people come together to enjoy music, art, and reasonably-priced, high-quality food and drinks in a pleasant environment.
Greek Souvlaki $
Greek Souvlaki is a very cheap no-frills roadside stall for take-aways. In fact, bizarrely there are two venues going under the same name offering similar options although they are unrelated businesses.
Nu Eatery $$
When Nu Eatery opened it was all the rage amongst Hoi An expats but, after being lauded on Trip Advisor, many locals considered it passe.
3 Dragons Sports Gastropub $$$
Proudly the first dedicated sports bar in Hoi An – with an unashamed Australasian bias – 3 Dragons Sports Gastropub kicked off well and has continued to improve its services and facilities.
Hola Taco $$
The Mexican cuisine at Hola Taco is in the top rung, value-wise, of any Mexican restaurant I’ve tried. Fully deserving its high rating on TripAdvisor and a favorite with expats, the freshness of the ingredients, along with some individual flair, is its key to success.
Before and Now $$
Before and Now attempts to be an all-in-one venue for ‘everyman’ with coffee, cake, beer, cocktails, pizza and large pull-down sport screen.
Green Mango $$ – $$$
At Green Mango the ambiance is just as delicious as the food. Silk tapestries highlight the ornate black wood framed walls of the beautiful two-story colonial house on Nguyen Thai Hoc.
Kebab Shack $
‘Don’t get me wrong, I love Vietnamese food. But sometimes you just have to have a chip butty’, quipped amenable larrikin Brit, Tim.
Jim’s Snackbar $
Late in 2015 Jim’s Snackbar opened in Hoi An to universal acclaim. Immediately, the expat grapevine buzzed with rumors that the best burgers and hot dogs in the world had arrived on our doorstep.
Driftwood Cafe $$
At Driftwood Cafe the food is sensational and the authentic woodfire oven produces world-class, thin-crusted pizza – crispy on the edges and softer in the middle.
Banh Trang Tron $
Korean restaurant, Banh Trang Tron, is cheaper-than-chips and one of the best value-for-money options in Hoi An.
Ganesh’s delicious dishes consistently satiate both Hoi An’s tourist and expat populations and local chefs are often spotted sampling its fine offerings.
Mi Casa $$
Barely noticeable sitting opposite the Palm Garden Resort, Mi Casa doesn’t look like much but it’s a high quality venue with original ideas.
The Secret Garden $$
The Secret Garden’s glorious French-colonial, garden setting makes this hidden gem one of the prettiest places to dine in Hoi An.
White Marble Wine Bar and Restaurant $$
On the prime Old Town corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc and Le Loi, White Marble Bar, Hoi An’s first fully-fledged wine bar, is a popular meeting place for expats and tourists.
Mango Rooms $$$
Hoi An’s celebrated Mango Rooms has earned international renown but it sometimes polarises opinion with its adventurous fusion of culinary styles.
Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff $$
Loved by Hoi An expats Chips ‘n’ Fish ‘n’ Stuff is a value-for-money spot with a hit of battered fish, just like home, but better.