If you like seafood, you may find heaven in Vietnam. Vietnam is a country that is criss-crossed with rivers and streams, tributaries and deltas as well as being bounded by the South China Sea. Fish and shellfish, both freshwater and saltwater, are abundant. Fish are also dried, which is an excellent way of preserving them in a country where ordinary people do not have refrigerators, and where the electricity supply can be eccentric. Nuoc mam, the ever-present fish sauce, is the highly nutritious result of thousands of tiny, fermented fish, and certainly there have been times in Vietnam’s not too distant past when the whole families have survived on not much more than a little rice with nuoc mam and a few wild edible plants.
The ultimate seafood experience is travelling to a seaside village or beach resort area in the south to try the local seafood restaurants that often serve shrimp, crab, and locally-caught fish. Follow the locals to a good restaurant: the food will still be swimming when you order it, it will be well-prepared, very affordable by Western standards, and often served in friendly surroundings with spectacular views.
1. Chinh Seafood Restaurant
Add: 54 Cua Dai Road, Hoi An
The restaurant is easily reached by bicycle, about 20 mins riding from Hoi An. The ride is pleasant past lagoons ringed by coconut trees and with fishing boats making an idyllic scene. There are little riverside cafes where you might stop for a cold beer and snacks.
2. Hai San Restaurant
Add: 64 Bach Dang St
Dail 9 am-10pm
Main courses: $3-$20
Phone: 0510 3 861-652
3. Thi Nhan Restaurant
Address: 128 Cua Dai, Cam Chau, Hoi An
If you intend to try tasting seafood, you are suggested to get yourself to Thi Nhan Restaurant during your stay in Hoi An. It is located on half way from Hoi An Ancient Town to Cua Dai Beach. Two famous sea foods can be listed in the restaurant menu such as grilled tiger prawns and crab in tamarind sauce.
3. Banana Leaf
Add: 84 Bach Dang Street, Hoi An, (at the Harbour front)
Pleasant riverfront cafe-restaurant offering Vietnamese seafood, western dishes, sandwiches & pastries plus a wide range of refreshing fruit juices, shakes and cocktails. Soothing views across the river, well-designed space in a converted shop house.
4. La Plage
relaxing restaurant/bar offering food, drinks they provide activities like free yoga, movies and different fundraisers for disabled people
Directions from the center of Hoi An : Find “Hai Ba Trung” street and head out of town. When you get to the big road cross it and you’ll be at Cam An Beach. It’s about 2.5 kilometers – passing through rice paddies. Park on the left at “Good Parking” and walk over to La Plage on the far right. See you soon.
5. Hong Chau Restaurant
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An,
This is a beachfront restaurant and serves delicious seafood dishes and other local specialities in a relatively stylish and comfortable setting right on the beach.