The Little Menu is a French, café-style eatery, situated in a 100-year-old house on Le Loi Street. Large original paintings hang on roughly hewn yellow walls in a comfortable, stylish atmosphere. A beautiful open kitchen not only creates a real home-cooked vibe but allows you to see and smell their fabulous Vietnamese cuisine long before it has reached your table! Read our full guide to the Little Menu restaurant below.
The Little Menu Overview
Providing home-style cooking in a fabulous homely atmosphere, chef Son Tran has a special place here. The mixture of French-style décor and inspired Vietnamese cooking makes the Little Menu a definite place to add to your list during your stay in Hoi An, and price-wise it won’t break the bank either.
The Little Menu has a fabulous selection of famous Hoi An and Vietnamese dishes, from the earth, ocean and garden, with all vegetables sourced locally. Famous dishes are done fabulously well and of course, prepared and cooked just in front of you. Prices are mid-range and a couple can eat well for around 600,000 VND (26 USD).
For something a little different, consider the likes of grilled snapper fillet served in a mushroom and spring onion sauce, or a pan-seared medium white tuna steak served with wasabi and soy sauce. There’s also a choice of two set-menus for two, priced between 295,000 VND (12.50 USD) and 585,000 VND (25 USD) depending on your appetite!
The Little Menu doesn’t house a cooking class, but the owner Mr Son Tran has a second restaurant dedicated to just that – plus private parties. ‘Herbs & Spices’ is just a short walk from the Little Menu, and their excellent cooking class includes a guided tour to a Hoi An market, before choosing your own fresh ingredients, cooking under expert tuition and finally troughing the lot!
Review of The Little Menu in Hoi An
The Little Menu is big on flavour and the open-kitchen vibe certainly gets the tastebuds ticking! Starting with a local favourite of banana flower salad and following with a main of stir-fried eggplants with mushrooms in a red shallot, spring onion and soy sauce, one can only speak highly of the food here. The flavours show that expert touch of cooking being passed down through generations and a real passion at work. A pudding wasn’t necessary appetite-wise, but the extra pounds gained by partaking in a delicious green tea matcha crème brulee were well worth the effort.
The Little Menu offers an authentic taste of Vietnam with its mixture of local and national classics, all cooked without preservatives and naturally MSG-free. From com ga to cao lau or pho, you can taste premium versions of Vietnamese staples that you’ll find in every home or street corner in Hoi An. But it’s not just about the classics. Chef Son has a wider selection of Asian cuisine, adding his own sauces and flavour combinations. It’s a great place to sample a great range of Vietnamese cuisine in a real home-cooked setting.