Morning Glory- The best Vietnamese food in a nice setting is to be had at Morning Glory. The concept is to bring traditional street/village food into a real restaurant setting and the result is some of the freshest Vietnamese food in town at a reasonable price.
Ngueyn Thai Hoc
Hong Phuc- The guide books all suggest café 98 for fish in banana leaf, but I reckon Hong Phuc’s is way better. Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game here. Décor is lacking but the atmosphere is relaxed and the river views are fabulous. Order the fish in banana leaf, scallops and whatever else the lovely Ms Ly and her team recommend.
86 Bach Dang Street (riverfront)
Lighthouse- A bit more romantic, this cozy house is located on Can Nam Island (you can walk or take the free shuttle boat that leaves from Bach Dang Street) The Dutch/Vietnamese couple are extremely hospitable and the food can be cooked to your liking.
To 5, Thon Xuyen Trung Cam Nam Island
51 Phan Boi Chau
The second restaurant of local legend chef Duc, this riverside spot is chilled out and offers fabulous fusion cuisine. Combining Pacific Rim flavors with Mexican spices at time, Duc’s concoctions are layered with flavor yet never overpowering. The food is well presented, staff are charming and cocktails are yummy. A bit pricey but nothing compared to back home.
45 Nguyen Phuc Chu
Yes, its mentioned in every guidebook. The food is good and thus the good reviews but it tends to be packed with tour groups. However there is one reason to go- the chocolate mousse cake is to die for.
Nguyen Thai Hoc
Written by Anne Courtney Cruickshanks