By Shereen Shabnam
Set within a tranquil haven in the heart of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, Hoi An tempts every Asian cuisine enthusiast with the best delectable Vietnamese dishes served in traditional style on bamboo platters and lotus leaves within an intimate and stylish ambience.
The extensive menu at Hoi An offers a wide variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes, complemented with an entirely Vietnamese team, both in the kitchen and for the service team. Hence guests can enjoy a mesmerising blend of flavours and traditional hospitality.
Recently, four of us went to try some of the traditional and exciting dishes and the Chef impressed us with a creative and awe-inspiring meal while the very knowledgeable service team offered us insights into each of the dishes and were professionally perfect by understanding our dietary preferences first and then suggesting some of the popular dishes requested by regular diners at Hoi An.
We started our meal with a refreshing green papaya and shrimp salad, crispy Vietnamese spring rolls and steamed seafood and spices stuffed in banana leaves. Every bite was a delight to the senses. For main course we opted for stir fried Kai Lan, prawn curry in coconut milk, grilled salmon fillet and wok fried chicken which again happened to be so good, not a spec was left on the plates afterwards.
When we normally dine at an Asian restaurant, the highlight of the meal has always been the starters and the main course. At Hoi An, the menu for the desserts happened to be just as good and we ended our evening on a sweet note sampling the chilled mango soup, mixed fruits with water chestnuts and ice cream, a pandan based dessert and a coconut lemon dessert.
Hoi An once again proved to be among Dubai’s most desired venues for authentic and delicious Vietnamese cuisine. Quaint and modest, we enjoyed true Vietnamese hospitality while admiring the colourful lamps in the ceiling and the exceptional service of the hospitality team.
This month on Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant is also offering the Khai Vi brunch where you can savour small exquisite dishes of Vietnamese street food prepared using culinary traditions passed on from one generation to another starting at 12pm to 4pm at AED 175 per person.
We were so impressed with the cuisine that we will be signing our daughter up for the Hoi An Masterclass where one can learn traditional cooking techniques with the expertise of the Vietnamese chefs who take you to a unique after-lunch experience. The class is held between 12 noon to 3pm and costs AED 175/- per person.
Hoi An is open daily for dinner from 7pm to 11pm at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai which is located only 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and five minutes from the World Trade Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre, Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa.
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