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Mango Rooms, Hoi An

111 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Hoi An
Tel: 84 510 910 839's insider take:

Vietnamese, expats, and travelers all sit down to sup at this tastefully funky, 100-seat restaurant along Hoi An's riverfront, a lively place with brightly colored walls and even bolder cuisine. Chef Duc Tran escaped Saigon by boat as a child and later lived in Malaysia, Texas, New Orleans, and Mexico. The result is his singular "refugee fusion" cuisine: baguette slices topped with shrimp mousse and mango-coconut chutney; chicken marinated in lemongrass, garlic, and curry, then pan-seared and served with a pineapple-tomato-ginger sauce. The food defies categorization, making it the perfect reflection of Hoi An's multicultural history. Ask for a seat on the second-floor balcony overlooking the river, and watch the fishing boats head out while tucking into El Superfly—giant grilled prawns with a lemon-butter-and-rum sauce.

Open daily 9 am to midnight.

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