A head above the crowd... definitely worth a try
Posted on 01 / 26 / 2011
We were really impressed with Lien Hoa. I (a vegan) took a carnivore there and we both felt it was one of the best meals we've had in Viet Nam. Our warm, cheerful servers didn't speak a word of English, and the English on the menu is pretty broken and sometimes impossible to parse, but we did some pointing at pictures and wound up with a well balanced multi-course meal including fresh veggies and some guilty pleasures (fried comfort food), all of which was exceptionally tasty. And the bill for this feast for two? About US$8 including drinks.
Worth a try: the nem rau (fried spring rolls) here are Hue style, a change from what you'll find elsewhere in the country.
And also recommended, to make sure you get some good fresh veggies to balance the fried stuff: there's a tasty melange with a poetic moniker like "Missing and Affection" or something to that effect.
The atmosphere was great: lively and good for local people-watching without being unpleasantly loud even when busy.
My only reservation is for vegans: unless you're lucky enough to find a server who can tell you which items to avoid, you may wind up accidentally ordering dairy, honey, etc. (I'm not sure if eggs are used here.)
Unusual and very tasty Hue veg cuisine, Nice, casual, lively atmosphere, Good value
Can be hard for vegans to order safely