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Mandarin, Ho Chi Minh City

11a Ngo Van Nam Street
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: 84 8 822 9783's insider take:

Mandarin, a sister property to Hoi An, is a sophisticated place; there are Chinese screen paintings and timber beams, and often a live classical trio plays downstairs (call ahead to check the schedule). Chinese dishes are on the menu, but the most successful are those that strike the traditional Vietnamese chord of spicy, fishy, salty, sour, and caramelized notes. For starters, try the bay scallops grilled in their shells and dressed with chopped scallions, peanuts, and herbs. Main courses include costly abalone and shark's fin, as well as succulent beer-steamed crabs.

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