Hoi An is a Vietnamese restaurant located inside the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai. It is composed of an entirely Vietnamese team from kitchen to service so that already gives you an assurance of the authenticity of the Vietnamese flavors and the traditional hospitality that Vietnam has to offer.
The interior design is very simple but intimate as well. The chairs are comfortable and the addition of the frames and the colorful hanging silk lanterns were a great touch that added a nice glow all throughout the restaurant.
To be honest, I don’t have that much experience eating Vietnamese food and I have only visited one restaurant here in Dubai which is Lao at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah. I love the food there so I was expecting that Hoi An would be the same.
So since we weren’t that knowledgeable about the cuisine itself, we asked for some suggestions from the waitresses who by the way were really nice and courteous.
Before anything else, they gave us some crackers and then they eagerly recommended their bestsellers and we just said “yes, we’ll have that” because they seem to know what they’re talking about.
We started with some appetizers including the Hanoi prawn cocktail, grilled squid, spring rolls and the grilled duck with foie gras sausage. Literally, the dishes were so flavorful and it has just the right amount of salt and the condiments that they served go so well with the food.
I ordered a soup too after indulging on the starters and I was surprised by how good it was because it didn’t look as good as it tasted.
Now moving on the mains, we ordered the giant prawns and steak. Not only did they smelled really nice, they were unbelievably tender and very tasty. I didn’t need the steak knife to slice it because it was perfectly cooked and was delicious, literally.
And all throughout the night, we were just treated to more drinks and impeccable Vietnamese hospitality. I really have to commend them because it’s rare to experience great customer service in a busy restaurant.
And then after a few minutes, we ordered some desserts and we opted for this one where the chef will prepare it on our table. It’s called the deconstructed dessert and you have this chocolate dome and the chef will create a masterpiece out of the ingredients that he has. It was a show and I’m glad to say that the finished product was nice as well.
All in all, I really enjoyed dining at Hoi An and I will definitely recommend it to everyone especially if you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese (or Asian) food. Hoi An is one of those specialty restaurants where you can never go wrong because every dish is really good. It’s the kind of food that you are craving for and what you have in mind and that is exactly what you’re going to get when served. I don’t always say it but trust me, it’s that good.
For more information about Hoi An, you may visit their website – http://www.shangri-la.com/dubai/shangrila/dining/restaurants/hoi-an/menu-wine/