Planning for trip to Vietnam & Cambodia next spring
A river runs through them, yes, but that's not all that connects the former French colonies of Cambodia and Laos. Shoba Narayan plies Southeast Asia's new tourist axis
Ancient Hue, Vietnam
Tel: 84 5 459 0356
Finding this Hue restaurant down a quiet lane near Thien Mu Pagoda is an adventure in itself. The five-acre compound feels like a step back in time to a Nguyen dynasty palace with a centerpiece open-air dining room. The raised, wooden pavilion quotes the lines of the Citadel's Peace Palace with imperial touches like a lotus pond, bronze urns, and red silk tablecloths. The menu mixes Mediterranean and Vietnamese flavors resulting in dishes like steak with grilled tomatoes, zucchini, and couscous-stuffed bananas. Save room for the homemade ice cream, especially fruit flavors like mango and mangosteen, then peruse the on-site art gallery housed in an antique home.
Open daily 9 am to 11 pm.