Cha Ca La Vong in Ha Noi
A Vietnamese institution and a tourist rite of passage, really. A meal here is a memorable, do-it-yourself affair on the beat-up second floor of a restaurant as old as the hills (and it looks like it has never been painted). The food does all the talking: a unique dish of whitefish flash-fried in lots of peanut oil with dill and turmeric.
La Badiane in Da Lat
The hottest table in town, La Badiane offers affordable French cuisine in an atmospheric colonial mansion.
Mango Rooms Hoi An
The atmosphere is fast and furious as hip young owner Duc slings a unique brand of Asian-fusion fare, heavy on grilled items and delicious light ingredients.
Le Rabelais in Da Lat
Fine French cuisine served with real panache at one of Vietnam’s most luxurious rural hotels.
Quan An Ngon Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City
Its popularity has spawned a number of small offshoots, including a specialty restaurant focused on northern rice dishes and another new outlet for buffet dinners, but the original restaurant near the Reunification Palace is the best. A virtual survey course of authentic Vietnamese cuisine from every region of the country, this restaurant is the towns most atmospheric, friendly, and busy.