An Lac Chay - Hoan Kiem

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109 Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem (at Le Duan), Hanoi, Vietnam

A large, buffet style restaurant with additional seating upstairs, opened 2016. Includes starters pho, selection of salads, hot dishes such as crispy fried noodles, mixed rice. Large selections of fresh fruits. Jan 2018 reported fully vegan. Lunch served until 2pm, dinner from 6pm.

Categories: Vegan, Buffet, Salad bar, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Vietnamese

27 Reviews

First Review by veganvirtues

Go there - Edit

For 100.000 you get the all you can eat. There is no other option. But you’ll be fine with it.
The range of food is spectacular. A lot of great stuff including pho and desert.

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Good food for a buffet - Edit

I went here with my omni dad and we tried many things on the menu. Some were better than others but the selection was good and it's a good place to try many unfamiliar vegan versions of Vietnamese dishes

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Overwhelming in terms of options vegan buffet - Edit

Fantastic location and a truly overwhelming number of options. Before entering, you pay 99k dong for a ticket and then go to town on the buffet. So many delicious things with myriad flavors and options. I tried just a sampling and still only got through about a third of the options before I was too full to go on. Well worth it and I would gladly go again!

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Amazing Value & the Pho! - Edit

This restaurant was recommended to me by the owner (I assume) of the revered vegan banh mi food cart, when I showed up on a Saturday (when his cart is closed).

The staff here was incredibly attentive, making sure we were comfortable, finding us seats, and bringing us different dishes of foods. The restaurant seems to be frequented by mostly local clientele and knowing that we were a bit perplexed by the place, which is a large all-vegan buffet, helped us along the way.

There are a great deal of food options, with many being fried which is not my preference, but the food was definitely tasty.

However, the bowl of pho that was delivered to me was the showstopper. The flavor was incredible, the fake meat was sliced ultra-thin and was also delicious- I don't generally care for fake meats.

For the price, this place can't be beat. This combined with their kind staff makes this restaurant the place to go. Since I showed up late they were closing soon and I didn't want to ask for the yogurt they sell as a dessert, but it seemed like a possible winner as well.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-31

Pros: Price, Pho, Staff

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great - Edit

Buffet with 20-25 dishes. Popular. 100,000VND. Drinks extra.

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So many choices! - Edit

Really enjoyed the buffet here at An Chay, I think there were at least 40-50 different dishes, ranging from noodles to soup to salads. I loved the roast potatoes and man tou (buns). It was busy with locals when I visited, and everything was fresh. Great service too. If you're looking for a huge veg feed (not entirely sure if it's vegan), go here. 99,000 dong for all you can eat - what a steal!

Pros: lots of options, fresh, clean

Cons: may not be all vegan, more dessert would be nice

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4$ veggie buffet - flavor bomb - Edit

What a gem. Not sure what you want to eat, why not a buffet. At 100,000dong you can't go wrong. Go for the pho, stay for every thing else.

Pros: flavor taste great. healthy

Cons: only 4$, I felt bad considering how much I ate. w

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my go to place whenever dont know what to eat - Edit

Obssessed with Pho and steamed mushroom here. A wide range of variety, everyone can find their favourite dish. Sometimes its too crowded :)

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Nice place - Edit

Vegan buffet / sometimes there are dishes which contain eggs, just ask the staff

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-19

Pros: Affordable , Many options

Cons: Mock meats, Msg

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many options - Edit

So many options with reasonable prices, good choice for vegetarians

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Vegan Buffet- DELICOUS! - Edit

Right near the train station (in an alley next to a huge bank) is a wonderful buffet restaurant. Couldn't notice any non vegan dishes, and let me tell you- there were sooooo many dishes. From fresh food, to fried, to salads, soups, mock meat and everything in between. Considering only 99000VDN, I was impressed with the quality of food. Defs get there early to get a table downstairs, and also on the night we went, lots of people had booked too

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Food quality is ok - Edit

The food is Ok. We were there on Buddhist holiday so it were very crowded and most of the food ran out already when we get there.

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Chay buffet - Edit

Lots of choice from the starter to the dessert.
The food was nice and the staff too. I missed the tapioca banana dessert because everybody wanted it. One of the waitress served me one bowl juste for me and it was delicious. They ask me to come back and if one day I go back to Hanoi I will go there again. Regarding all the food we ate 99000 Dong is very cheap. And of course it's buddhist food so all vegan ! :)

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Good - Edit

Buffet with 50 dishes for 99.000 vnd. Went yesterday and it was really good with Pho, Hue style rice noodles, salads, etc all the side dishes and desserts were good. 2nd floor guests have to went downstairs for food so you'd better go there at around 6pm to make sure you get a good seat.

Pros: Really nice staff, Good food, Reasonable price for buffet

Cons: A little bit crowded

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Great buffet - Edit

I'm still not sure wether this is a 100% vegan place, but I did not see any non-vegan dishes. We went for dinner one evening and we enjoyed the very large and very fresh buffet a lot. The pho is good, the fresh springrolls are excellent... I read in another review that the food was bland but everything I tried was definitely very tasty. Staff was very friendly. Worth a visit.

Pros: very large buffet, food is fresh and tasty, not expensive

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Vegan paradise! - Edit

On my recent trip to Northern Vietnam I discovered vegan paradise in Hanoi of all places! My eyes could hardly believe it, such a huge array of dishes were on offer.
All sorts of tasty mock meats and vegetable treats were there as well as a Pho station and a dessert section. The mock meat was very convincing, especially in the Pho.

This place is an absolute bargain at 99,000 for an eat-as-much-as-you-like buffet. I sure got my money's worth by having 3 platefuls, a bowl of pho and two servings of Che (a vietnamese dessert).

When we first arrived this place was packed with big groups of young and old of all nationalities, which speaks volumes for how good it is.

Whether or not you're vegan you should try this place out next time you're in Hanoi. With no animal products whatsoever the chances of getting sick from this buffet are drastically reduced. Cheap, healthy, compassionate and safe, surely a 'Nguyen-Nguyen' (win-win) situation! ;)

If only this place had been in Hanoi the 4 previous times I visited. The HappyCow Vegan Guide app comes up trumps again!

Pros: Huge selection of food, Very tasty, Amazing value (all you can eat for just 99,000vnd)

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best , best and BEST - Edit

i would say the most awesome vegan place i´ve ever been to
your taste buds have never experienced anything like this before
buffet - so you can eat as much as you want
great variety
very friendly and helpful staff
price is definitely worth it! (100.000/person)
big thumbs up

Pros: variety , taste, staff

Cons: absolutely none

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best pho - Edit

This place is a pretty good deal if you're hungry. very good food and as much as you want for 100k. best pho in nord Vietnam

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-02

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Ok - Edit

Went here because of the good ratings but wouldn't go back. 100000 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Sounds cheap for a buffet but the food wasn't all that good so we didn't have seconds. The pho is great though. Drinks are not included not even the tea.The restaurant must have been a dance club before. It's not all that nice; dark and comfortless.

Cons: No English

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would not eat here... - Edit

I actually did not eat here and thank God....
It was closed between lunch and dinner time, but I did go into the restaurant.
It was dark, dirty, and smelly.

No one there spoke English so I could not communicate well, but understood that if I wait for one hour, I can eat.

I was so hungry and tired but no way I would eat there.
Highly questionable of their cleanliness.

Cons: dirty, smelly, no English

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Veggiefit1990 03 Oct 2016 - could it be that you went to a different An Lac?! We totally fell in love with this place, it´s clean, smells like awesome food and the staff was super friendly and could speak decent english...  


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Love this place! - Edit

This is a nice buffet where almost all the dishes are vegan, with some exceptions. I really love their spring rolls and noodle soup ❤️ If you go for lunch, I suggest that you arrive earlier (ideally before 1pm),otherwise the selections will be limited.

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Come hungry! - Edit

This place offers a huge variety of Chinese-style buffet dishes. We weren't that hungry, so they let us have a small plate for 50,000 - actually, the plate was too big for me! The food was all good, except some of it was a little chewy or jelly for me.

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the best in Hanoi - Edit

This restaurant is mind blowing! The buffet is huge and inexpensive (1000.000 dong). From noodle soups to "fish" and interesting deserts. They have it all. The "spring rolls" were amazing and they have so much "meat" substitutes that sometimes I had to check is they were really vegan food. Lovely place! If you are in Hanoi, this restaurant is a must. Cone when you are hungry and you won't regret.

Pros: the food, the staff, the asian style decoration

Cons: it's located inside a building called capital towe, a little difficult to find.

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Very good lunch buffé! - Edit

This vegan lunch buffé was really good. Sometimes the taste and texture of some
food was a bit similar to meat so I had to ask three times if the buffé really was vegan. A lot of nice different spring rolls, soup, noodles, rice and veggies. Well worth the price of 99'000 dond. Staff was friendly and atmosphere really nice. A bit hidden inside a bigger shopping complex but u also see the signs from the street.

Pros: a lot of different food, something for everyone

Cons: none

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Decent feed - Edit

After 12 hours on an overnight train, it was great that I could get off at the station and walk here in less than five minutes. I was greeted by very polite staff and my suitcase was stored for me. I bought a ticket for VND99.000, which I initially thought was expensive, but then realised it was all-you-can-eat, so I did. There is a wide and interesting array of attractive dishes on offer in the semi-formal dining room, but some are not so fresh (from sitting) and some not so tasty. Some of it is very good and I had my fill. I also ordered a mango smoothie at an additional cost of VND40K. I brought a companion on another occasion and enjoyed the pho that is made on the spot, as well as dessert. I would come back here for the setting, the gracious staff and the unlimited portion size.

Pros: All you can eat

Cons: Food not always fresh

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wtf - Edit

told me resturant was full after a decent dozen people went inside, so confused

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New An Lac - Edit

Dined here last evening 12th April. They had a promotion of 70,000d ($3)per head. It's buffet help yourself style. So many choices of salads and hot dishes. Had a desserts counter and a counter where a girl makes you a Pho (noodle dish). I chatted with owner hoping they do go ala carte later. He now know about Happy Cow and proudly showed me the sticker on his glass door. Highly recommend for all to try. Support vegan places.

Pros: excellent selection of dishes, plenty of waiting staff, wide selection of veggies

Cons: no a la carte

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