The moment we walked in and saw the beautiful plates being paraded around the restaurant we knew were in for a good meal and a fun time.
The night got even better when Duc (the owner) came to say hi and ended up chatting with us for a while. He is fantastic – charismatic and engaging and very passionate about his food, Vietnam, his staff and the way he runs his business.
We started the dinner with some dangerous cocktails (you don’t realize how much alcohol they contain until later) and some nibbles courtesy of Duc.
As I always have space for dessert, we had their chocolate truffles.
We did come back for New Year’s Eve and had an insanely good starter with beet carpaccio and repeated the spring roll salad. Despite being full, we tried the caramelized bananas with ice cream. The banana was perfectly cooked and topped with their own creamy ice cream. This was the 1st time we encountered a dish with cinnamon after 10 days in Vietnam, odd… It was a great finale to a fantastic evening.
On another evening in Hoi An we went to Morning Glory from the famous chef Ms. Vy (original spot from her now empire of >10 restaurants). This was a massive disappointment. The food, service and ambiance were soulless and mediocre. We also took the Ms. Vy cooking class – there were probably 100 people there being split into groups for the classes and felt like an assembly line. We have taken loads of cooking classes and they are usually small and intimate.
In sum: Best Vietnamese food I’ve ever had. If you have one night in Hoi An try Mango Mango. If you have two, pick one of Duc’s other two spots (Mango Rooms and Mai Fish). If you have more, test all of them and then repeat!
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