Located inside an impressive three-storey French-style villa
(also in Dong Khoi street), the aptly named Vietnam House is a
wonderful introduction to traditional Vietnamese cuisine and
culture. The interior is adorned with typical Vietnamese
artifcats, such as old earthenware pots, bamboo baskets and huts
and conical hats, while staff are dressed in elegant traditional
attire. Traditional Vietnamese folk music is also performed
The extensive menu boasts over a hundred delicious
specialty dishes from the North, Central and South of Vietnam.
Start with the tangy sweet-and-sour salads, or the crispy spring
rolls accompanied with salad, vermicelli and spicy dipping sauce.
Try small rolls of grilled pork in rice paper, or the unusual beef
in wild betel leaves (VND 49,000). To discover the Central
Provinces cuisine, try the celebrated Hue rice-flour pancakes and
crepes: "Happy" crepes filled with spring onions, mushrooms,
minced pork and bean sprouts, served hot with spicy fish sauce, is
recommended. If you prefer the tastes of the south hoever, is
sizzling hot clay pot of braises fish is a good choice (VND
36,000). Soups, an obligatory dish for the Vietnamese, are
renowned here; try the seafood soup (VND 49,000). The fried banana
dish (VND 19,000), or daily selection of sweets made with sugar,
beans or taros rounds off a memorable dining experience.
Understandably popular with tourists and ex-pats alike, it's best
to book ahead.