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3 Vietnamese restaurants to try post-lockdown

With lockdown here for the foreseeable future, we thought there was no better time to reminisce and make plans for when life returns to some version of normal. We’ve been keeping in touch with the KOTO Villa team, trainees and our KOTO alumni whilst we work from home discussing a handful of our favourite restaurants around Vietnam.

So go on, read on and be sure to add it to your list for when we can all travel again!

Anan Saigon

89 Tôn Thất Đạm, Bến Nghé,

Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

Awarded the No.1 restaurant in Vietnam and No.39 in Asia, we have to mention Peter Cuong Franklin’s street food-inspired dishes at Anan Saigon. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu, Peter brings together the vivid tastes of Vietnamese cuisine whilst integrating the techniques of the French culinary world. The result is a welcome twist on some of Vietnam’s classic dishes!

With fresh ingredients and modest prices, a meal at Anan Saigon will see you dining above the HCMC skyline and if you’re lucky enough, Peter often pops by the table to discuss the ideas and techniques behind his creations.

Whether you’re a local or well-versed traveller in Vietnam, you’ll recognise the many flavours this country has to offer but presented in a new form & texture further adding to this gastronomic adventure.

Pop it on the list as you’ll need a reservation for this spot!

Recommendations from Peter Cuong Franklin himself:

  • Cha Ca Hanoi Banh Xeo Tacos

  • Mekong Delta Fish

  • Cha Ca Hanoi Banh Xeo Tacos

  • Mekong Delta Fish

Morning Glory

106 Nguyễn Thái Học,

Phường Minh An, Hội An

Hailed as one of the first restaurants introducing international tourists to Vietnamese cuisine, Morning Glory is also very aptly named. The local delicacy is well known for its resilience and ability to thrive in even the most difficult conditions, reflecting the owner's views on the Vietnamese people and their hardiness, adaptability and strength

The menu is extensive, but it is intended to provide visitors with ‘what Vietnamese people eat, how they eat, and when they eat’ from every pocket of Vietnam making this restaurant the perfect spot for expanding your knowledge on this sensational cuisine.

Located in the heart of ancient town Hoi An, the restaurant is adorned with lanterns and provides a glimpse into a bygone era. The restaurant is part of a successful chain under ‘Taste Vietnam’ owned and operated by Trinh Diem Vy. Before COVID, every year our trainees would take a Dream Trip to Hoi An and Vy always invites them to her world-class restaurants for a gourmet meal.

What to try?

  • Cao Lau

  • Prawn Curry

Tầm Vị

4 Phố Yên Thế, Văn Miếu,

Đống Đa, Hà Nội

If you’re after some of the finest Vietnamese food that Hanoi has to offer in an absolutely beautiful setting, you can’t go past Tam Vi in Dong Da. Whilst the restaurant can initially be a bit difficult to find down some confusing alleys (not unlike our own KOTO Villa), you'll soon find your way past the local street food vendors and come to an old house resembling traditional homes that would have once been seen on the Red River Delta. From there, each room is filled with colonial decor and several tasteful touches further adding to the experience of authentic Vietnamese dining.

The menu features a range of familiar, home cooked Vietnamese meals. The feeling that you have been invited into someone's dining room is what makes this restaurant such an interesting and unique experience. Each dish has a beautiful presentation and there are a range of delicious vegetarian dishes to choose from. Tam Vi makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a different era as a break from the more westernized dining options around Hanoi.

This is the perfect restaurant to take visiting friends and family for when those borders eventually open so they can explore traditional Hanoian cuisine. Assuming of course that KOTO Villa is already fully booked.

What to try?

  • Vietnamese Caramelized Pork

  • Gonggai Stir Fried Shrimp

That’s our take on what to check out once these restrictions are lifted. Have you been to any of these restaurants? Comment below with your favourite!

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