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Hoi An
Nominated for Best South East Asian
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The last time we visited Hoi An, we were amazed to find the restaurant nearly bursting at the seams – on a Monday night. Dubai is far from overrun with Vietnamese eateries, but this old favourite is most definitely one that gets it right. Named after the small, picturesque coastal trading city in central Vietnam, Hoi An apparently translates as ‘peaceful meeting place’, which sounds like a pretty fair description of the restaurant’s warm, cosy, dining space on the first floor of the Shrangri-La. The service is always cheery, and waitresses are likely to recommend one of the set menus, which represent a fantastic way for a single diner to sample a trio of both appetisers and mains, as well as soup and dessert. Nice touches like amuse-bouches and palate-cleansing sorbet help make Hoi An special.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 405 2703).

By Time Out Dubai staff

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