last post about vietnam – well until the next time i go.
my last dinner in vietnam was wasted (WASTED!) on yet another higher end vietnamese restaurant. next time i’m eating all street level food.
hoi an is a highly rated vietnamese place specializing in royal hue cuisine – what your author failed to realize is that royal hue cusine is basically chinese food. and really expensive chinese food at that.
the meal started out well with this really wonderful place setting and china.
one of the difficult things about ordering from a vietnamese or english menu, is that if it had had chinese, i would’ve been able to avoid some ordering mistakes – and ordered something a lot more vietnamese-y instead. but when i ordered vietnamese duck rolls, i ended up with the following:
it’s pretty much peking duck. but not as good. note the old school carved carrot. what anthony bourdain would call “dinosaur-style” chinese food.
the next dish was much better – and i think a lot more reflective of the south-east asian flavors of vietnam. grilled scallops
the last dish was honey grilled beef (savoring the grilled beef i had had at temple club the previous night) and while it was okay, it most certainly wasn’t worth the $11 USD i paid for it.
verdict – there’s nothing really wrong with the food at hoi an, but it’s quite overpriced and there’s certainly much better versions of chinese food to be had elsewhere, whether in vietnam or china itself.
11 le thanh ton st., dist. 1, ho chi minh city
dinner for 1: $37 USD (yes! it was that expensive)