An Lac

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
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108 Thái Phiên (at Hai Bà Trưng), Hoi An, Vietnam

Vegetarian restaurant with menu in English and Vietnamese offering Vietnamese cuisine with some western dishes. Some dishes contain egg and some drinks contain milk but these seem to be marked. Hours updated per waitstaff Jul 2016. Open Mon-Sun 6:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Beer/Wine, Vietnamese

10 Reviews

First Review by Hippiepirate

Great value! - Edit

This is one of those wonderful "chay" restaurants that Buddhist locals go to, so the prices are very reasonable an the food is simple and delicious. Try the bánh xèo, there's nothing better!

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Lovely local vegetarian restaurant - Edit

Lovely local vegetarian restaurant down a smaller street off the main rd.
Seems to be run single handidly by one woman -- who takes your order, then prepares and cooks the food freshly for you. We Initially came for a soup for breakfast but got carried away and ordered loads! Pho, a mushroom soup, fried tofu and a mock sautéed chicken dish. (incredible!)
Everything was prepared quickly and was delicious. We can’t wait to go back.
They also have an extensive 'whole page' dessert menu with things like deep fried bananas, Thorn leaf cake, as well as other local sweets. Until now, I’d never seen such a good dessert selection at a Vietnamese vegetarian/vegan restaurant here.
Highly recommended!!

Pros: mostly vegan, convenient location on quieter street , local Vietnamese food

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poor quality but cheap price - Edit

Had the spring rolls and the rice paper stank of fish. bun noodles was tiny portion. Cheap and cheerful but don’t expect much

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Criminally underrated - Edit

Friendly service. Great food. Always quiet and is on a fairly quiet road, very nice to get out of the hustle and bustle.
Especially recommend mock Tuna banh mi!

Pros: Quiet, Service, Flavour

Cons: Simple (not necessarily a con)

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Great vegan seafood! - Edit

Looking if the other reviews, it seems the restaurant recently changed their menu. I didn't find the food boring. Besides the usual fried rice, vegetables and tofu, there is a lot of vegan seafood! I tried the calamari, prawn and squid. I won't be able to tell you if the taste is close to the real thing, but I found all of it very tasty. Also, the chicken is like no other I have ever had :) Yes, most of the portions are too small. I find it really depends what exactly you order. The salad with prawn was big enough for me and so was the dish with squid. The place is nothing fancy, but the food is worth trying :)

Pros: Great food, Cheap food

Cons: Small portions

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simple, cheap, good - Edit

Small place with a bunch of vegetarian and vegan meals at cheap prices. As they didn't have the meal I ordered, I went for the same dish my girlfriend had: "stir tofu rice". While it was tasty, don't expect it to be more than the name says: rice and tofu, no veggies or the like. The portions are on the small side, but taste-wise and price-wise there's nothing to complain about.

Pros: cheap food, friendly staff

Cons: Rather small portions

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Good value - Edit

We had 2 salads and a bottle of water for £2.50, they were OK taste wise but nothing special, good for a quick snack.

Pros: Cheap

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Horribly inconsistent - Edit

I feel for this place a little bit. Some of the people are nice enough but I'm not sure they really care about the food they prepare. Perhaps they don't eat it themselves.
My wife and I spent 8 days in Hoi An on a work assignment and this was the only vegetarian in a convenient location for us. Because of the location and price we kept on giving it one more go when we should've walked away for good.
The inconsistency was the worst aspect. On a couple of occasions we found a simple meal that was OK but the next time we ordered it we received something unrecognisable as the meal we'd eaten the day before. If this place doesn't have the right ingredients, they just leave them out.
On one occasion when I'd been eating a passable Pho Chay for a couple of days I ordered it again as was told it "no have". I started to order something else but an argument ensued between the waiter and the chef. The waiter was clearly perplexed but retracted and said "Pho Chay OK". 10 minutes later I was served something inedible that smelled like noodles in dishwater.
To my mind it seemed as though they didn't have the broth prepared and the chef just said "Meh, these guys are foreigners, they'll eat anything, don't worry."
Who knows.

Pros: Cheap, Some friendly staff

Cons: inconsistent food, occasionally inedible

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Consistently dissapointed - Edit

Visited An Lac as it was near my hostel and recommended by another traveller for being very cheap. Yes, prices are cheap at around 30K for a meal but the portions are small- I am a young female and would need 2 meals to feel satisfied.
I hate to be harsh, but most of the food was honestly gross. On my third and final visit (I kept giving it second chances as it was close and cheap) I had the 'Thick noodle soup' that was so disgusting it was inedible. Most other meals are very bland and basic. The one thing I can recommend is their Cao lầu (Hoi An special noodles) which was delicious. But definitely can't recommend this place as somewhere worth trying.

Pros: Cao lầu

Cons: Bland and sometimes inedible food, Small portions, Doesn't actually have everything on the menu

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A decent restaurant - Edit

The prices are cheap about 30.000 for a dish but the the portion sizes are not the biggest either (then again I'm a 100kg strongman so take my judgement with a grain of salt)

It's a decent place and peaceful since it's off the main roads. Went here for "breakfast" after a hard night out. All the fried stuff was deliciously fatty, fried tofu was crispy on the outside and mushy on inside, albeit a bit tasteless. The vietnamese pancakes were served with a nice chutney. Cured my hangover.

Pros: Lots of options, vegan options clearly marked.

Cons: Small portions.

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