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Friday, November 13, 2009

Hoi An Restaurants: Try Cau Lao

See the locations on Hoi An Google Map

Cau Lao (Picture by Catie & Linds), noodles with pork slices, bean sprouts, greens and crispy croutons, a local speciality, you should not miss in Hoi An. The legend goes, that this dish can only be cooked with water from Ba Le Well, an ancient well of the Cham people. Ba Le Well lies in the garden of Mr. Ba Lo Le, about ten meters from Kiet Gieng Lane (which links Phan Chu Trinh Street and Tran Hung Dao Street). How to cook Cau Lao? Read noodlepie's recipe.

Look down into Ba Le Well:

Picture by Mandy

Ba Le Well: 51 Tran Hung Dao. "Hidden in an alleyway with another entrance through Phan Chu Trinh, it is still a gem of a restaurant filled with locals of all ages and sizes", recommends Thin Lei Win in AsiaLIFE.

A delightful meal at Ba Le Well, picture by MC MasterChef

Cargo Club: 107 Nguyen Thai Hoc. In an old villa you get "chocolate truffle cakes, passion fruit mousse and home-made waffles – as well as great Asian and European fare", Thin Lei Win wrote in AsiaLIFE. In the back you look out to the river, upstair you dine open-air.

Cargo Club during the day, picture by Sinead and in the night:

By night

Good Morning Vietnam: 102 Nguyen Thai Hoc. Italian and specialities of Hoi An. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com

Good Morning Vietnam

Hai Cafe:

Hai Cafe, picture by robynejay

Hai Cafe from the other side

Mango Rooms: 111 Nguyen Thai Hoc. On cushions and low tables you get an "eclectic menu that places emphasis on what’s fresh and available in the market", comments AsiaLIFE.

Picture by Thomaswanhoff

Picture by EverJean

Outside Mango, picture by JonasPhoto

Mermaid: 2 Tran Phu. Well known for cao lau.

Spring rolls at Mermaid restaurant, picture by macloo

Picture by Joanne

Miss Ly Cafeteria 22: 22 Nguyen Hue. Good cao lau. See aptronym's picture.

Sakura: 119-121 Nguyen Thai Hoc. Vietnamese kitchen.

Picture by sega10028

Lounge Bar: 102 Nguyen Thai Hoc. See meanjean's picture.

Tam Tam Café: 110 Nguyen Thai Hoc street. Chinese, Vietnamese and European specialities in a French colonial house - and a cocktail bar. "The place to be in Hoi An", comments frommers.com. It's run by a French expatriate named Christophe, knows thingsasian.com. The house was built in 1932 as colonial residence, later used by Chinese owners as tea warehouse, the "Chinese spirit" has been conserved during the renovation for the cafe.

Picture by Missnae

Tam Tam Cafe by night

River Lounge: 35 Nguyen Phuc Chu. Fusion of European Lounge with Vietnamese food and best coffee in Hoi An, according to the very good reviews on tripadvisor.com

River Lounge

Thang Long Restaurant:

Thang Long by night

You should also try the streetfood. For example Banh Mi Opla for breakfast - a warm baguette filled with an omelett, chili sauce, onien, cucumber and shallots. You will find in at Hoi An Market.

Dinner on Thu Bon River
: A special dining experience is offered by Cinnamon Cruises (32 Le Loi): You can book Brunch Cruises, Cooking Cruises, Lunch Cruises, Sunset Dinner Cruises or Sunset Cocktail Cruises and Full Moon Cruises, where Vietnamese food is served.

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