Hoi An

An elegant Vietnamese restaurant with French influences in the Shangri-La Hotel

  • Hoi An
The last time we visited Hoi An, we were amazed to find the (admittedly not huge) 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 can be a little scattershot but 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 put Hoi An a step above the competition. For anyone wanting to explore Vietnamese cuisine, this may be the best option in the city. Hoi An
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai
Tel: 04 405 2703
Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, All you can eat deal, Brunch served, Cocktails, Table reservations, Suitable for vegetarians, Brunch, Non-smoking, Valet parking available
Times: Open daily 1pm-1am
Price range: Dhs200-349
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  • Hana Jul 25, 2012 08:25 pm
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    I dine at Hoi An regularly.
    Its one of my favourite restaurants in Dubai.
    Food is nice. Service is also nice too.
    Very tasty and also nicely decorated.

    Just a bit expensive and everything is in small portion.
    For example,a bottle of local water,which is sold less than 2AED outside is sold 27 AED here.
    It should not be more than 20 AED.

    Although its expensive,we will come back here again.
  • Jennifer Aug 15, 2011 07:25 am
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    I went to this restaurant last night with my fiance for dinner.
    We both love the foods there and the environment.
    The foods was beyond expectation and the service was very good.
    Only the grass noodle was disappointed me.

    I would suggest this restaurant for business lunch or family's dinner.
  • Dr. Raji Mathew May 30, 2011 03:31 pm
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    Dissapointed on several counts when dined here with my wife on the 27th of May. First, the the quiet and quaint ambience of the previous visit was missing. The place had a busy buzz to it and is now more lit up but the revamp has robbed the place of it's old world charm.
    The customary fish cracker was delivered while we pondered as to what to order. Settled on the Vietnamese national soup divided in two and lobster ravioli for starters. Both the dishes were satisfying. Raspberry sorbet as palate cleansers before we were served the main dish of sizzling prawns with steamed rice, an unappetising fare and wok-fried lobster which was just alright.
    The total bill including a Breezer, draught beer minus tip came to DHs. 425.
    Having booked through roundmenu we were entitled to a 20% discount which was not honoured on a premise which was wrong. However, on registering my complaint, Hoi An has admitted its mistake, apologised and offered a 50% discount for the next visit. Still wondering if it's worth it. Perhaps, for old time's sake.
  • Dr. Raji Mathew Apr 04, 2011 02:13 pm
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    Dined here on the August 15th. Was the lone diner when I trooped in at 11PM.
    The attending staff were very nice. Since the lighting was dim the menu card came with it's own light source. Prawn crackers were served with sweet and sour sauce as dip as also a drink made of apple and passionfruit as complementary. Magazines made available while munching on the crackers. Then came the lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser. Went for the traditional Vietnamese soup consisting of beef flat noodles and vegetables. For the main course had the seabass wrapped in leaf with steamed rice served separately in a bowl and a bottle of Amstel to go with it.
    After a 20% discount for the Gulf News voucher the final bill came to Dhs.165. An pleasant experience best enjoyed as a couple.
  • betsy Apr 03, 2011 01:29 pm
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    Good - but not what I was looking for. This restaurant came highly recommended to us, but I was disappointed in the high end decor/ambience. The food was delicious and the service was very good as well. However, I could have been anywhere - in any hotel. I didn't feel any ambience as the restaurant could have been a French or Italian. Didn't feel authentic. I'm longing for an authentic, joint where I can get a great bowl of pho without paying a fortune.

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