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With its wooden furnishings, colonial-style decor, French shutters and fresh fare, this Vietnamese eatery in the Shangri-La is a real standout. Hoi An serves up Vietnamese food with a hint of French influences and the dining room feels both comfortable and intimate, making it perfect for couples. Appetisers range from a tasting platter of traditional treats, from rice paper, crispy rolls and lobster ravioli, to seared foie gras with roasted green apple. You’d be mad not to sample the upmarket version of the street food favourite: succulent beef pho broth, served with a side plate of seasonings including coriander, chilli, lime quarters and mint, which you can add at your own will. Mains are varied – the wok-fried beef tenderloin with mushrooms and onions is impossibly tender – you’ll also find mud crab and plenty of prawn dishes too. Save room for desserts such as valrhona chocolate soufflé pancakes with mandarin sauce.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road, Shangri-La Hotel, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 405 2703).
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