Vietnam's restaurants get new acclaim

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A dish at HCMC-based Hoi An Restaurant. The restaurant ranked 78th on The Daily Meal's list of 101 best restaurants in Asia in 2014. Photo credit: Hoi An Restaurant A dish at HCMC-based Hoi An Restaurant. The restaurant ranked 78th on The Daily Meal's list of 101 best restaurants in Asia in 2014. Photo credit: Hoi An Restaurant

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Two restaurants in Vietnam have been voted among the 101 best hotel restaurants around the world in 2014 by The Daily Meal, a renowned US-based food and drink website.
Eight other restaurants in the country, meanwhile, have made the website’s list of 101 best restaurants in Asia in 2014.
Park Hyatt Saigon’s Square One came in 20th among the “101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World in 2014,” ranked by a panel of experienced bloggers, restaurant critics and other food-and-lifestyle writers from all over the world.
Square One is known for serving top-notch, sophisticated Vietnamese and Western dishes.

Square One is located on the Mezzanine level of Park Hyatt Saigon,
 2 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Park Hyatt Saigon

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi’s Le Beaulieu ranked 68th on the list.
Over a century old, Le Beaulieu has attracted celebrities, diplomats, and war correspondents to its dining room, which is modeled after the brasseries of Paris with marble and parquet floors, chandeliers, ceiling fans, and large windows.

Le Beaulieu is located inside Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, 15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Photo credit: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

At number 26 of the 101 best restaurants in Asia is Lemongrass Vietnamese Cuisine.
While its simple wicker furniture and narrow three-story dining room may seem pedestrian, the food at Lemongrass, located around the block from the city's opera house, is not, The Daily Meal says.
The straightforward, well-cooked Southern Vietnamese fare represents the region's fresh, bright, vividly flavored cuisine perfectly. Try the grilled beef salad with mango or the chicken sautéed with chile and lemongrass.

Lemongrass Vietnamese Cuisine, 4 Nguyen Thiep Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Lemongrass

Nha hang Ngon stood at 36th on the list. The restaurant is full of stalls offering a multitude of examples of good Vietnamese street food.
Both beef and chicken pho, two takes on the national noodle soup dish in Vietnam, are first-rate, as are the spring rolls, mango salad with prawn crackers, and fried tofu with fermented shrimp dip.

Nha hang Ngon, 160 Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Nha hang Ngon

 

Sautéed bananas with coconut milk at Nha hang Ngon. Photo credit: Nha hang Ngon

La Villa French Restaurant ranked 38th. It proposes an authentic and fine French cuisine.
The restaurant has two venues, inside and outside, so guests can choose to dine in the cozy dining room or in the beautiful and romantic garden by the pool.

La Villa French Restaurant, 14 Ngo Quang Huy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: La Villa French

La Maison 1888, which came in 50th, has an exquisite French setting inside Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Under the helm of UK-based Michelin three-star chef Michel Roux, the restaurant offers haute French cuisine with subtle Asian flavors.
Expect to enjoy dishes like fillet of steamed bass wrapped in a seaweed crust and pan-fried scallops served with a lime-scented carrot purée.

La Maison 1888 is located inside Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang. Photo credit:  Intercontinental Danang

Restaurant Bobby Chinn Hanoi was voted 60th.
The restaurant, which is full of furnishings and artwork from Chinn’s private collection, offers menus which change seasonally to take advantage of the freshest, exclusively organic local produce and imported delicacies.

Restaurant Bobby Chinn Hanoi, 77 Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Photo credit: bobbychinn.com

Mandarine, which ranked 68th, is an intimate, romantic, and upscale Chinese restaurant populated with Chinese screen paintings, wooden carvings, and live music.
The menu is brimming with pricey spicy, sour, and salty dishes that are the hallmark of Chinese cuisine. While the menu includes delicacies like abalone, the foreign-friendly offerings also include the more approachable grilled bay scallops with chopped scallions, peanuts, and herbs, and beer-steamed crabs.

Mandarine, 11A Ngo Van Nam Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Mandarine

Hoi An Restaurant, the sister of Mandarine, ranked 78th. It offers a quintessential Vietnamese dining experience.
Named for a central Vietnamese coast town influenced by Chinese and French settlers, the romantic, cozy French-Vietnamese dining room is a fitting setting for a menu of grilled shrimp in banana leaf with lime juice and salt, tiny rice custards with crumbled shrimp, fried chicken with lemon sauce, and cao lau — thin slices of pork, shrimp, and sesame cake served on rice noodles — accompanied with marrow-bone broth.

Hoi An Restaurant, 11 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo credit: Hoi An Restaurant

Don’s, which stood at 97th, is no ordinary restaurant or bistro.
Chef Don has an obsession for creating honest, no-nonsense food that will leave the taste buds wanting more.
Pasta and risotto, steaks and grilled meats, soups and salads, wood-fired pizzas, the freshest seafood as well as the best dishes from Vietnam and Asia are available here.

Don’s is located along West Lake, 16 Quang An Road, Tay Ho District, Hanoi. Photo credit: dons-bistro.com

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