Walking into Am Vegetarian Restaurant is like walking into a Buddhist monastery. Roughly-hewn wooden furniture and wafting ‘Om’ mantras humming in the air immediately soothe the soul. But Am is an exciting new vegetarian restaurant, not a place of meditation, with some of the best cheap food going in Hoi An. It’s an incredible find and it’s classy too.
There’s plenty of elbow room at Am and the furniture is geared to the larger Western frame. The whole space is a design triumph, more befitting New York or Paris in a funky Buddhist way.
‘Am’ literally means ‘warm’ in Vietnamese but the Chinese character means keeping your mouth closed. At Am Vegetarian restaurant, the setting and the staff evoke the gentle Buddhist restraint that always uplifts and calms one.
The food is outstanding and, with mains around 60,000 VND, as cheap as a cup of coffee elsewhere. Mushrooms, tofu, salads, soups and hotpots with ever so fresh ingredients are deftly spiced with intriguing combinations of flavour and texture.
Don’t be fooled by Am Vegetarian Restaurant’s cheap prices. Often No. 1 on Trip Advisor in its category, Am is one of the best restaurants in Hoi An and it should be enjoyed by all. If you’re on a budget, however, you’ll probably want to move in.