Café des Amis in Hoi An

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Café des Amis in Hoi An
Café des Amis in Hoi An

Address: 52 Bach Dang, Hoi An
Phone: 0510/861-616
Open time: Daily 18:00-22:00
Description: What’s on the menu? There isn’t one. It’s your choice of a set menu, either seafood or vegetarian, and the details are, well, a surprise. And the surprise is always good; one of the best meals in Vietnam, if you ask me.

Café des Amis in Hoi An
Café des Amis in Hoi An

But don’t ask me. Read the straight dope from the many guests who come and sign their endorsements in Mr. Kim’s lengthy guest book (you’ll be asked to sign, too, of course). I enjoyed a leisurely meal starting with a savory clear soup, fried won tons with shrimp, broiled fish, stuffed calamari, and scallops on the half shell. Sit back and surrender yourself to the surprises of the effusive Mr. Kim and his attentive staff.

Café des Amis in Hoi An
Café des Amis in Hoi An

Mr. Kim is a practiced raconteur with rich material from his years as a taster for the army and a chef for heads of state. He is careful to explain the intricacies of each dish and even demonstrates how to eat some of the more unique entrees. The food is great, and a meal here makes for a memorable evening.