Karma Waters - Hoi An

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 34 Reviews
Established since 2005, Karma Waters provides vegan food, cooking classes, and responsible tourism tours. Beverages include fresh fruit juices, smoothies, tea, and coffee. Has gluten-free muffins, cakes, and bread, and most dishes are gluten-free. Raw vegan menu available. No MSG or added sugar. Dishes from 40,000 VND. No alcohol or smoking. Opened another outlet in Danang in early 2013. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, International, Vietnamese, Indian, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out
213 Nguyen Duy Hieu
Hoi An, Vietnam
+84-510-3927632, +84-905141771

Open Mon-Sun 10am-8.30pm.

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First Review by Michael
tyrannosaurusveg
tyrannosaurusveg
7

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  • vegetarian

Great food and cooking class

5 Posted on 06 / 15 / 2014

We went for a meal and decided to do the cooking class. We really enjoyed it, the staff are very friendly and they make/teach you how to make delicious food! Would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Great food, Great service and friendly, Great value
_Alana
_Alana
5

reviews

  • vegetarian

Wonderful

5 Posted on 05 / 25 / 2014

We ate here twice whilst in Hoi An (would have been more if we discovered it earlier). The food and juices were extremely fresh and tasted great. Great location out of the way from the main hustle and bustle.


VeganJazzman
VeganJazzman
14

reviews

  • vegan

Kind, delicious, organic and affordable

4 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2014

We had three times the pleasure to 1)take-away, 2)eat there and 3)use their delivery service.
Food Quality is good, mainly organic (they can't guarantee 100%), pure vegan and always fresh.
If you take away or get delivery they use plastic cups. If you return them you'll get 5.000VND per each back and they'll wash and reuse! Great idea...
They also offer vegan pastries and cakes, but you have to order one day before.
Prices are comparably high for vietnamese, but still very moderate for quality you get.
E.g. 4 dishes, 4 drinks, 2 coffee,1 dessert makes 420.000VND.
And the staff is super friendly and speaks sufficient English.

Pros: Organic, All Vegan, Very Tasty
WasKreatives
WasKreatives
4

reviews

  • vegetarian

Great cooking class

5 Posted on 02 / 02 / 2014

We made a cooking class at karma waters and it was very nice. They explained everything very good and we cooked 3 great meals. We wrote down all the steps and made many pictures so I think we will be able to cook it at home again.
We had been there again just for eating and it was again very tasty!

Pros: tasty, great cooking class, friendly staff
BramB
BramB
4

reviews

  • vegetarian

Great restaurant/great cooking class

5 Posted on 01 / 18 / 2014

I ate twice at Karma waters,
I had the veggie burger and the roti wrap with mint chutney.
Really liked both dishes so I decided to take the cooking class. Very welcoming and friendly vibe. After the class you end up with way more food than you'll be able eat.
Very happy with these amazing new recipes.
Shout out to the Karma Waters team!

Updated from previous review on Saturday January 18, 2014

Pros: Excellent, healthy food!, Friendly staff
Cons: A little bit noisy street, but it is Vietnam,, So it's silly to whine about that.

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Shim_marom
Shim_marom
4

reviews

  • vegetarian

Broad Smile

5 Posted on 12 / 25 / 2013

Went there on our first night as it is the closest to our accommodation. Later realised how nice it is to actually be away from the main tourist joints. We are served by a lovely person, the menu is divided by different nationalities and we are having all the Vietnamese items! We each have a main and share. The food is so fresh I think it's picked after ordering :-) mains are from 60k VN.
We will miss this place.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 25, 2013


PDXTom
PDXTom
7

reviews

  • vegan

Just OK

3 Posted on 10 / 24 / 2013

We stayed several days in Hoi An with a small group of non-vegans. We ate multiple meals together in this wonderful culinary town at several highly rated Vietnamese style restaurants and had fabulous vegan options at each. So it came as a disappointment to try Karma Waters after reading the rave reviews here. Based on comments here we tried the crispy tofu, which we found very heavy and greasy. And it did not compare to the coconut breaded tofu we had the day prior elsewhere. We also had 2 different salads, including the much discussed spicy vegetables, which were not very flavorful. Again, we had enjoyed amazing veg salads elsewhere that where far superior. And in each case, prices were similar or only slightly higher. I commend them for their commitment to a vegan menu but in a place with such amazing food as Hoi An, they are going to need to step up their game.

Pros: All vegan, large menu
Cons: Slow
  • Paul Tarrant Paul Tarrant

    Thanks for taking the time to write your Review. We opened in 2005 and this is the first time the Owners have posted a Response to a Review (we have written many Responses on Trip Advisor). The ONLY ads we run are with Happy Cow and we find this veg*n community to be honest & trusting.

    Please look at Happy Cow Hoi An list as there are only 9 restaurants who are vegan/ vegetarian. We and perhaps only one other vegan restaurant in Hoi An are the ONLY restaurants who do NOT use MSG, fish sauce, fish oil or any other animal proteins in our food & drinks.

    You dinned as a couple once at our restaurant. You picked dishes you read about on Happy Cow and not necessarily those that matched your needs. The last dish you ordered (not mentioned in your Review) was 100% raw vegan "cabbage salad" - this should have been your first dish (eating an oily dish first destroys the taste of subsequent dishes).

    Logically our "Crispy Tofu" is deep fried - so where did the comment about oil come from ? if you did not want fried food you could have picked other dishes? you ordered two servings of this dish which is a lot to eat so perhaps this was why you said it was "greasy"? we do not use lard so where did this "greasy" comment come from ?

    You ordered "spicy vegetables". When asked by our Manager who served you if you liked spicy food you answered no, then why order spicy vegetables ? without spices it is like a symphony orchestra in which half the orchestra is not allowed to play - of course the dish does not taste correct ! same with the cabbage salad which should be spicy and according to your wish was made without spices.

    Different horses for different courses. As a quality vegan restaurant we have plenty of options for veg*ns so please order the dishes to suit your needs and not necessarily what others recommend. Please discuss your needs with our staff.

    We are in business to promote and provide a vegan lifestyle. Thanks for your participation !

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EveArmstrong
EveArmstrong
8

reviews

  • vegan

Really Good Food

5 Posted on 10 / 20 / 2013

The food hear is excelent if a little more expensive than you would usually pay in Vietnam. Is nice to eat a meal where you know what you have ordered is definetly vegan! It was nice also to get to try some of the local dishes like Cau Lau.

The cooking class is fun and informative too- I like that you get to pick the dishes you cook.

Pros: friendly staff, good food
Cons: a little far out of town
Dabizi
Dabizi
6

reviews

  • vegetarian

Probably best vegan food in Vietnam

5 Posted on 05 / 03 / 2013

Small, friendly place close to the ancient town of Hoi An. The food served here is extraordinarily delicious, the service very friendly. Be sure to try the spicy mixed vegetables and the crispy tofu! Dishes cost from around 40'000 VND, but are worth every dong. Probably the best vegan food you will find across Vietnam.


HeidiW
HeidiW
7

reviews

  • vegan

Fantastic cooking class

5 Posted on 04 / 04 / 2013

We loved this cooking class! It was so hands on and I really feel like I learnt to make the quite complex Vietnamese dishes we had chosen, including Cau Lao Hoi An noodles, Sweet and Sour Hotpot and spring rolls. The food was truly delicious, but best of all truly vegan - unlike many places that will tell you it's vegan and add fish sauce etc! I also wish we had booked our tours through Karma Waters. They are a very ethical company and will not rip you off at all, unlike many tour guides. Book directly with the restaurant, they speak excellent English. The service was outstanding, we had a chef and an interpreter looking after 2 people for a 2 hour class, plus meals, all for $50. Bargain !!!

Pros: Vegan organic food, Great service, Great value and delicious
Cons: None
Pellio
Pellio
3

reviews

  • vegan

amazing vegan Pho

4 Posted on 04 / 01 / 2013

Serves fantastic vegan pho. Staff are lovely. Tasty shredded tofu baguette too! Wish I had found it in time for vegan Vietnamese cooking classes!

Pros: tasty pho!, friendly staff!, great price
Cons: a little out of the way
Louisa_H
Louisa_H
4

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  • vegetarian

Best Vegan in Vietnam...maybe even all of Asia.

5 Posted on 02 / 14 / 2013

We came here after almost giving up because we got a bit lost...We were so glad we found it as the menu is amazing! The owner Paul and is Family are absolutely lovely and will have a good chat to you :-). They have great healthy fresh juices and shakes, amazing coffee, and soo much food to choose from. Salads, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pancakes, Vietnamese food, rice dishes, Indian food, and soups, and some desert, and more but thats what I remember. We Didn't stay in Hoi An long enough to try everything on the menu but will have to come back to try more... These guys can also give you tips on seeing the sights and things to do... Really good inside info!
Thanks so much Paul!
Kane and Louisa

Pros: yummy, variety, good service
jeanswalker
jeanswalker
2

reviews

  • mostly-vegetarian

Excellent restaurant

5 Posted on 02 / 02 / 2013

Ate here after seeing recommendation on Happycow. The food is amazing and very good value for money. The staff are friendly and helpful.

Pros: Amazing food, Cheap, Helpful staff
Cons: Closes at 8.30pm
missrunning
missrunning
7

reviews

  • vegan

100% vegan and good food

5 Posted on 01 / 21 / 2013

100% vegen restaurant which serves breakfast (try the banana pancakes), lunch and dinner.
If you like ginger, try the ginger tea since it is very hot!
Karma Waters care for the environment, they don't sell plastic bottles which is odd in Vietnam.


ShelA
ShelA
11

reviews

  • vegan

good place

4 Posted on 12 / 10 / 2012

If you don't mind paying more than double for your food then this is the place to go. Despite what is advertised they do not offer any cheap priced meals.

The food is great.

Opening hours are now 10 am - 8pm

Pros: vegan, delicious
Cons: expensive
becks21
becks21
1

reviews

  • vegetarian

best restaurant in hoi an

5 Posted on 06 / 16 / 2012

THE best restaurant in vietnam! For a vegetarian it is often difficult to find a place that offers more than fried rice and fried tofu in Vietnam. However, Karma Waters was our daily haven, lots of fresh produce and healthy, wholesome meals. Could not recommend this place enough. Great prices and friendly owners with a great mind set. Really appreciated my time here and always looked forward to my meals! :)

Pros: excellent food, healthy food, good value
procrastinasian
procrastinasian
52

reviews

  • vegan

Very good!

4 Posted on 05 / 16 / 2012

We were in Hoi An for four days, and we went to Karma Waters three times, in part because it was very close to our hotel, and in part because the food was good.

We tried the raw spring rolls (beware that they're not at all raw except for the lettuce), fried spring rolls, burger, berry and soymilk shake, one of the more complex mixed drinks (don't remember which one), banh mi (two types - the one with the floss is better), central asian noodles, lotus salad, and the mushroom and soya patties. My favorite thing might have been the central asian noodles, though everything was good. The menu is in English, and the girl who took our orders spoke pretty good English as well, and was very nice. Prices are more expensive than other veg options in town, but still moderate, and the food is clean and of good quality.

A word of warning: They have a chalkboard in the front that advertises cake, pizza, or omelettes, which aren't on the regular menu and must be ordered an hour in advance. We asked what types of cakes were available, and were told that the options were cheesecake, chocolate cake, and coconut cake. We decided to order a cheesecake, and arranged to come back later in the afternoon to pick it up. (If I recall correctly, it was 150k for a whole cheesecake probably 8" in diameter, and they let us place a half order.) We went back a few hours later, practically drooling for the cheesecake we'd been thinking about all day. It was presented to us, and seeing the orange color, we assumed it was a pumpkin-flavored cake. Biting in, however, we discovered that it was a dense savoury cake whose predominant flavors were lentils, onion, and pepper. We tried to explain to the waitress that they should advise customers that this is a savory cheesecake, but I don't know that she understood what we were getting at. Anyway, it was ok, but not as good as the other savory dishes we ordered, and definitely not as good as a dessert!

Pros: Good juice/smoothie selection, Large menu with many options, Friendly staff
Cons: More expensive than competition, Savory cheesecake :)
matankantor
matankantor
7

reviews

  • vegan

best vegan food in hoi an

5 Posted on 02 / 15 / 2012

This place is wonderful, near the green field hotel where we stayed.
we had amazing sandwiches with warm mock tuna and carne with vegetables and an ok ice cream.
the next day i had a great veggie burger.
Come here to refill your water bottles.
The place was deserted every time i passed by, perhaps because the prices are higher than the usual fare and it's not in the center.
Still, well worth every dong!

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, friendly staff
Cons: not in the center, priced higher than others
VegieBoy
VegieBoy
3

reviews

  • vegan

Amazing one man show

5 Posted on 12 / 25 / 2011

This cafe/restaurant is a perfect spot for fussy vegans, everything is 100% Vegan, no MSG, no alcohol and no added sugar - all good for your health. Great atmosphere, english menu, however the woman running the kitchen has little English but makes up for this with enthusiasm. She runs the place alone so be prepared for a small wait, but the food is worth each minute ;) - there are also cooking classes available to learn to eat what you just ate :), also a home-stay and Eco tours. Great all rounder.

Pros: Yum food, Clean setting, VEGAN ICE CREAM
Cons: That there isnt more places like this.
Puddingcup
Puddingcup
8

reviews

  • vegan

Okay

3 Posted on 10 / 10 / 2011

Located in the tourist area it is pretty easy to find. Food is cheap and you get a pretty good portion size. I got the Singapore noodles, it was okay but it wasn't the most flavoursome meal I've had in Vietnam; but the menu was very extensive so perhaps the other meals were better.
The seats were comfortable and they made a nice vegan banana/pineapple shake. They offered a few tours that sounded good but we didn't have enough time to check them out.

Pros: Easy to find, Inexpensive
Richard Rancier
Richard Rancier
1

reviews

  • mostly-vegetarian

A Healthy way to eat and save the planet

5 Posted on 09 / 24 / 2011

Karma Waters is a Vegan Restauant, very tasty food and excellent fruit drinks. It has a Cafe style look and has some seating on the outside, a little street noise but that is part of the Vietnamese experance. Be prepared to wait a little for your food because it is prepared when ordered. However it is worth the wait. Order one of their fruit drinks while you wait, there great!

Pros: Great food , Great Service, Great Drinks
Cons: Street noise
shakes13t
shakes13t
12

reviews

  • raw

Flavor! So good!

5 Posted on 09 / 01 / 2011

We've been travelling in SE Asia for a while now. Even some of the better meals we've had in Vietnam have been a bit lacking in flavor. Karma waters awakened our taste buds! We had a lotus salad (lots of different flavors, delicious!), central asian noodles (subtle flavor, but very good) and shredded tofu salad, which said it was with mint, but it was with another green (also very yummy and filling!). We also tried the pumpkin pancakes, which were pretty plain, but came with a delicious sweet ginger dipping sauce and we tried the ice cream, which was awesome, like a frosty coconut rice pudding.
The owners were wonderful and very interesting, super passionate about their veganism and sharing it with their community. They have vegan, sustainable tourism, too, and have projects to teach a local community how to create a sustainable livelihood that is not based on fishing, their traditional income. (But the fish are nearly all gone now...) Owners are even trying to create a weekly day of free vegan for anyone who wants to try it, to encourage this lifestyle, and give free (donations accepted) cooking classes.
I would definitely recommend this place. There seem to be two locations, one one the water near the beach, and one closer to the old town of Hoi An. I biked to both quite easily, but only ate at the one close to Hoi An town.

Pros: Flavor, flavor, flavor!
Cons: *, *, *
rebekahlea
rebekahlea
1

reviews

  • vegan

Nice location, Great food!

5 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2011

We went here for lunch with 9 people and ordered a crazy amount of food and drinks. We must have been quite frustrating for the staff, we just kept ordering more and more - the meal sizes were large enough but we were all getting envious of each others meals and may have been a bit greedy! Hands down the best food I had in my three weeks in Vietnam, and my family who has been living here for 2 months agreed. Super cheap, even by Vietnamese standards.

Pros: Delicious food, Something for everyone, Cheap!!
nickb
nickb
3

reviews

  • vegan

Wonderful for Lunch

5 Posted on 03 / 30 / 2010

Do yourself a favour if staying in Hoi An. Hire a bike and ride 10 minutes to the beach, stopping off at Karma Waters for lunch. Went here a couple of times and had a few different dishes (mostly noodle soups) and all were delicious. A wonderful setting on the river and friendly staff make this place an absolute winner.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Nice setting
MsVeggieMonster
MsVeggieMonster
7

reviews

  • vegetarian

Amazing energy

5 Posted on 01 / 08 / 2010

This place was just amazing. Right on the water. The owner is really cool and inspiring, and he let us watch our food being made and we got a few tips from the chef! The food is good, especially their soups and Chinese noodles. If you go to the beach it's an easy walk over here.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Vegan, no MSG
terrorfearor
terrorfearor
9

reviews

  • vegan

Karma Waters

3 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2009

This place has a nice setting by the river a little out of Hoi An on the way to the tourist beach which is good but the important part is the food. The food I found OK; some healthy options. I went back twice because I like to support totally veg places more than veg/non-veg ones, however, I have found some of the veg/non-veg places to serve the same standard of food cheaper.


Egg But No Bacon
Egg But No Bacon
7

reviews

  • vegetarian

Beautiful setting, tasty food, great people

5 Posted on 03 / 21 / 2009

During our time in Hoi An we've become regulars at this place. The setting is amazing- a decked area looking out over the river, we've spent hours relaxing and enjoying watching the world go by.

The food is very tasty and healthy. There are meal options to suit every budget from 10,000d (less than a dollar)for traditional Vietnamese rice and veg meal to 250,000d for a huge tasty hot pot for 4 people. I'd really recommend opting for the big hot pot for a treat if there's a few of you, it's well worth it.

What really makes this place though is the owner and the staff. They are all very friendly, and chatting to Paul is always inspirational, he's a very interesting chap.

They also run boat tours and do kayak hire and snorkling.

Pros: great setting, generous portions, amazing people
Louie
Louie
9

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  • vegetarian

Simply wonderful!

5 Posted on 02 / 09 / 2009

I don't normally sound so gushing but our day at Cua Dai Beach and visiting Karma Waters on the way back was magical. Paul is a fantastic host with wonderful friendly staff. My husband had the set lunch (which by the way has gone up to 120,000vnd, but still worth it for the amount of dishes you get) and I had a mushroom/tofu dish, the textures of which was divine. This restaurant is more than just a pretty setting. We sat there for a couple of hours soaking it all in and left feeling satisfied but full of energy for the 5km walk back to Hoi An. You can tell they don't use MSG, the flavours of all the ingredients are recognisable.

Pros: extremely friendly staff, tasty food, beautiful setting
Cons: more expensive than other veggie places
simpsonyellow
simpsonyellow
26

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  • vegetarian

Great View, Healthy Food

4 Posted on 02 / 04 / 2008

This entirely vegan place boasts a fantastic scenic location on the river near Cua Dai beach. The generous portions of food are delicious, and the owners have gone to considerable effort to develop a very health conscious menu. They avoid MSG like the plague and aren't heavy handed with the flavours, so you can actually taste the veggies in your meal. Definitely something different to standard vegetarian Vietnamese fare and well worth repeat visits. Prices were fairly high compared with other veg establishments throughout Vietnam, but the portion sizes are good.

Pros: Healthy, tasty food, All vegan, Lovely setting
Cons: A little pricey by Vietnam standards, Bit of a hike from Hoi An
Guest
Guest

Karma Waters great food great location

5 Posted on 06 / 17 / 2007

karma waters is a wonderful little restaurant/boat yard close to the beach in Hoian. The food is spectacular and consistantly superior. Paul and his wife run this small shop which is right on the water. It is stricktly vegan and they have recipies that they have discoverd in their explorations of S.E. Asia. They also have the coldest beer in town. Something that can be difficult to find in Vietnam.

Pros: Great food, great location, water front, boats for hi
Cons: none that I could see.
rach
rach
28

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  • vegetarian

Beautiful setting, good food

4 Posted on 05 / 19 / 2007

This place is outta town, near the beach. We used the opportunity to get some afternoon excersise (50 minute power walk from town), but you can take a motorbike for $1. Its set on the water in a lovely little location. The food was nice, and reasonably priced most dishes are around 40,000 dong with rice. The fresh spring rolls (40,000 dong) were very nice and came out as a plate of fried tofu and mushroom, a plate of fresh mint, rice paper and a bean dipping sauce ready to roll-your-own. We made about 20 of them! We also had the vegie curry and spicy fried tofu which were ok. The red rice was tasty for something different. The food is nice but its the location that really makes this place.

Pros: Beautiful setting
Cons: Out of town
Michael
Michael
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reviews

  • vegan

Best vego food and environment in Asia

5 Posted on 04 / 30 / 2007

I have been vego for 27 years and this is the best vego food I've eaten in a restaurant. The owners are genuine people and the setting peaceful and tranquil. My wife who was part vego has now been converted to 100% vego thanks to the Karma Waters experience and the way it makes her feel. My 2 vego daughters also loved it. A must visit place.


Guest
Guest

Lovely place

4 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2007

It's a relaxing and spotless place. The food is not the usual stoggy rubbish you get around asia. It's light, fresh and inventive. I was staying in the town and this place is near the beach so I didn't get to it as much as I wanted to. It is definitely worth a visit. The owner is vegan.

Pros: Great food, Quiet, Nice staff
Cons: Out of town

 

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