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Karma Waters - Hoi An

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 73 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. Another outlet in Danang. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:30pm, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Indian, International, Juice bar, Delivery, Take-out, Vietnamese

Reviews (73)

First Review by Michael

The best smoothie I've had in Vietnam! - Edit

I finally got round to visiting the Hoi An branch of Karma Waters the other day and was glad that I did. As has already been mentioned by many other reviewers, this place isn't as cheap as your average Chay place, but it is a step up in terms of food quality, hygiene, atmosphere and service.
I ordered a Pineapple smoothie (35,000) and a Curry Roti (50,000) and was impressed with both. In fact, the smoothie was the best I've had in Vietnam! Usually when I ask for a smoothie with no milk/yoghurt/dairy it ends up being watery and too sugary. However Karma Water's 100% vegan version had a lovely creamy consistency (which wasn't due to coconut milk - I did ask!) and naturally sweet. The roti was on the small side, but perfectly adequate for a light lunch and was packed with flavour.
Eating here is dining for a cause too - in addition to actively promoting veganism and offering eco-friendly tours, they also use profits to help the needy.

Pros: 100% vegan, Dining for a cause, Healthy food

Cons: Small portions, A bit pricey compared to similar restaurants

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Good food and friendly owner but pricy - Edit

The staff in the restaurant is really friendly and speaks good English. They have various dishes, Indian, vietnamese and also some western stuff. You can also get a vegan cake if you order it one day in advance.After 4 weeks of Asian food I just wanted to have smth different so I ordered a veggie burger. But also because it was cheeper than most of the other main courses. Wich often cost 70000 - 100000d for the burger I payed 45000d. It was delicious with lots of fresh vegetables, a vegan pattie and some kind of vegan sauce on it.I also orderd a pot of ginger tea and that was cheep compared to other retaurants where I usually just get a cup for that price.Ah and they try to make veganism more popular and also support poor people while giving them vegan food for a very cheep price.Ah and they also offer cooking classes! :)

Pros: Good foodfriendly English speeking staff, many options, completely vegan

Cons: expensive, compared to other restaurants

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Tasty food and nice philosophy - Edit

Karma Waters actively promote ethical veganism, as well as doing general charitable work, so support them. They have a good range of western, Indian and Vietnamese food. We got the roti wrap (50,000), banh mi (40,000), a smoothie (35,000), iced coffee (30,000) and banana pancakes (45,000). Portions on the small side, but all yummy and fresh.

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Nice food, kind of pricy - Edit

Nice food, cool place to eat, but it is kind of expensive if you compare it with other options in vietnam.

Pros: The food is really good and everything is vegan. T

Cons: Expensive for vietnam prices.

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YUMMY! - Edit

My mum and I had walked for hours exploring the town in the heat and ended up here where we both felt like something sweet. It was easy to spot from the road with VEGAN written very boldly. We both order a smoothie and the banana pancakes. Both so good! It is a bit of a walk from our hotel so probably won't walk it again, but a MUST to go visit while you are here.

Pros: Knowing it is vegan , Made fresh

Cons: Could take time to get food if the restaurant was

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Good place for lunch - Edit

Great food and reasonable prices with pleasant staff. The word 'vegan' is everywhere, so you can relax. The burger and shredded tofu sandwich were both utterly delicious. The fries were not quite as crisp or hot as I'd have liked them to be. The banana/mango smoothie was thick, delicious and refreshing and the orange and pineapple juice were high quality. I might end up coming back during my short stay in Hoi An to try other items from the decent-sized menu. Discovered there are ethical day trips and tours with vegan lunch provided.

Pros: Delicious sandwich and burger, Delicious juice

Cons: Fries a bit soggy/stale

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So good!!! - Edit

Went last night, the meals are big got a good range of drinks, salads, appetizers, mains and a couple of deserts. They running vegan day trips and tours which I thought was pretty good too. Eat the banana pancakes they are so tasty!

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5 STAR! - Edit

Such lovely people, such good food! Totally vegan restaurant. Lots of healthy and delicious choices. I strongly recommend the tofu and mushroom patties and the fresh juices!

Pros: totally vegan , lovely people , so many options

Cons: wait time approx. 15 min

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mekka in a land of meat - Edit

absolutely amazing. have gone here the second time in a row. very pleasant service and very good fresh food. beautiful philosophy of the restaurant is mentioned in the menu.

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Amazing fresh and healthy vegan food - Edit

Went here two days in a row. Both times the staff member on was very friendly. It was nice to have fresh juice and not something that was clearly out of a bottle. The crispy fried tofu is the best I have ever had, tastes like chicken (I think).

Would recommend this to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Very reasonable price at about $20 AU for two including three fresh drinks considering such a meal at home would easily be $60+

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Okay - Edit

The "hot dog" I had was tasty but a bit pricey, as were most dishes, compared to other restaurants. A sign asks for patience as the meals are made when ordered, but my dish was just heated, and still took quite a while.

Cons: Toilet in a shed in a yard behind the building, The menu promises limited use of salt, chili etc

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Serene and Delicious Lunch Experience - Edit

I had a fantastic time visiting Karma Waters while on vacation in Hoi An. I was lucky that it was just a 10 minute walk from my hotel, so I went at lunch time. It wasn't busy at all inside, so I spent a long, leisurely lunch time there. The only downside to the decor is that the restaurant is open to the street (an indoor/outdoor living type atmosphere), so it can get hot. That being said, as someone who loved the heat of the tropics, I didn't mind! The outdoor chairs looked a bit more comfortable to me, so I simply propped myself by the fan and enjoyed the food. I ordered the carrot/apple/pear/mango juice, vegan pho, Vietnam stiry fry noodles, Vietnamese iced coffee, and banana pancakes. I thought the healthy juices with descriptions of the health benefits on the menu were a nice touch! The waitresses were lovely. The food takes some time to come after ordering, so I recommend bringing a book or a group of people to socialize. The aroma from cooking being done on site was so nice; I could smell lots of fresh ginger, garlic, and onions wafting through the restaurant. The food was very flavourful without being overpowering, to give a taste of Vietnamese food that everybody would enjoy. The portions were large and filling, but not heavy feeling in the stomach. The iced coffee and pancakes for dessert were delicious and perfectly sweet. I loved the overall healthy vibe of this place no MSG, sugar, alcohol, or smoking)! The only downside is the bathroom is a bit hard to find (it's away from the main restaurant, around the corner). Other than that, a great lunch experience for me!!!

Pros: Very Friendly Waitresses, Delicious Food with Large Portions, Health Vibe

Cons: Hard to Find the Bathroom, Long Wait for Food, Can Get Hot Inside (But I Liked That)

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Loved it - Edit

One of our favourite meals in Hoi An. The food here is a little more interesting than the typical Vietnamese vegetarian fare. We loved the mock chicken drumsticks - which were crumbed gluten fried on lemongrass sticks. Delicious spicy salads.

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Different foods and very good - Edit

We ate here three times and did a cooking class with them. Very nice people. Clean. Menu has tons of variety. First sandwich I had in over 2 weeks and it was excellent (shredded tofu banh mi). Spicy vegetables with rice crackers is excellent as well. Tofu and mushroom cakes pretty good. Fried banana pancakes oily but okay for dessert. Their order in advance cakes are not very good at all. Never thought I would say that about a cake. Cooking class was great. Use a lot of soybean oil in cooking. Tiny bit more expensive than other places here and takes longer to cook, but the food is worth it.

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Flavor flavor flavor - Edit

The spicy vegetables is to die for! I ate it 5 times while in Hoi An. The crispy tofu, vegetable curry, roti, tofu/mushroom patties, fresh juice is all wonderful. The owners are lovely. I regret not taking cooking classes from here as I am a new vegetarian and need to know how to cook tofu. Highly recommend this place.

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Tasty and healthy - Edit

We came here for the cakes, so we were a bit disappointed, as it turned out the cakes had to be ordered in advance. Anyway, what we had was really tasty.
And yes, I agree, their beetroot-coconut salad is really good.

Would definitely go there again.

Pros: Yummy food, Nice service, Nice seating area outside

Cons: A bit expensive

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Quite simply in loved this place - Edit

I went to this place 4 times in 48 hours. Really enjoyed their homemade soy milk (served hot), their seaweed and tofu soup, pho, banana pancakes. I wanted to keep going back and trying more and more from the menu, but sadly not enough time to try everything.

Pros: great tasting food, lots options on the menu (both vietnamese and indi, 100% vegan so no need to worry about what's in it

Cons: it was quiet each time i went (either only me or o

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Delicious - Edit

Small, out of the main tourist area, and not well marked, but the meal we had was very good. We had pho, and a cold beet and carrot soup, both delicious. The tofu and mushroom curry was also great. The music was appreciated. We almost did not stop, but we are very happy we did. I would recommend this place to anyone

Pros: Food was fresh and delicious, Friendly staff, Cool music

Cons: Modest signage

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small selection but still great variety - Edit

Quiet little spot just outside of Hoi An's old quarter on one of the main roads out of town. We are here on our last night in Hoi An, watching the rats scurry past. We weren't bothered by this. They're not running into the kitchen or across the counters! In fact, you can see right into where the food is prepared and it looks clean and tidy.

We both started with juices. Unlike most places in South East Asia, their juices aren't sweetened with sugar, which is great. But, like most other places, they do seem to be watered down. My parter ordered french fries and the sliced tofu roll. The fries were hand cut and perfectly crisp. The roll was a great veg*n approximation of banh mi that ominis enjoy at street food stalls. The tofu was more like a fake meat loaf type thing. I ordered the spicy vegetables with rice cracker. It was just what I was after - a perfectly balanced dish. Crunchy, delicate slivers of julienned carrot, green mango (I think) and mild onion, loads of fresh herbs, a robust yet refreshing citrus and chilli dressing, and strips of fake beef, served with a big crunchy rice cracker on the side. It was nicely spicy but not like some salads I've had in Thailand that made me see into the future!

No doubt we'd have eaten here more often if we'd been staying longer or discovered it sooner. I regret that we were leaving the next day so weren't able to try any of the local specialities, like cao lao, that you have to order a day in advance.

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Lovely - Edit

This was a lovely simple place. Though I had read about it, we stumbled across it just after I had had a meal at dam, so we ended up having a vegan hot dog, Very simple thing to actually give feedback about, we even packed another sandwich from there. Unfortunately it had gotten soggy by the time we had it.
It has a large menu of offering, right from Indian, local and many others. Pity we figured it out on the last day we were in Hoi an, but its easy to find and like another reviewer has mentioned, a sanctuary for vegans!

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The best pho in Vietnam so far!! - Edit

This place is the top of my list in vietnams large vegetarian and vegan scene.

The best pho I've had so far and it's vegan!

I would also recommend the spicey vegetables with rice cracker. This meal has this fake meat on it, it's delicious! Ask for more chiles if you're a chilli head!

We also did the cooking lesson there.
Highly recommended! The staff / teacher was amazing and very informative about local traditions and life in Vietnam.

Many thanks!

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Delicious vegan sanctuary! - Edit

Clean fresh vegan food, beautifully presented by wonderful staff!

We ended up eating here a lot, because the food is so good. The juices & smoothies are brilliant too.

Love this place and the branch in Da Nang too.

Pros: Delicious food, Well presented dishes, All vegan

Cons: None!!!

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This place saved my stomach! - Edit

THANK THE LORD FOR THIS RESTAURANT. It saved me from food poisoning during my month in Vietnam. I was constantly getting sick backpacking in Vietnam because nobody understands "vegan." I was beyond ecstatic to find this place. SUCH amazing healthy fresh food and awesome green juices. Run by a mother and daughter, this small cafe is a MUST for any healthy-eaters traveling through Hoi An.

Pros: Juices, Big Menu, SO CHEAP

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Best (vegan) pho ever - Edit

Great pho, great appetizers (we got a tofu skewer of some sort). I'd eat there every day if I lived nearby.

Pros: Amazing food, Menu in English, Centrally located

Cons: Cash only

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fantastic food - Edit

I ate at Karma Waters last night and was amazed by the flavors!
Betroot-coconut-soup was amazing!
Nice homemade sauces, good pita-bread.
Very tasty tofu and gingertea with lots and lots of fresh ginger!
Not the cheapest place in the world, but worth every penny.

Highly recommended!

Pros: taste!, feshness!, tea!

Cons: not very nice atmospheric set up, no beer

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another new angle at exploiting tourists-0 stars! - Edit

this place is a joke. i stumbled on some web page of theirs. it was saying how mistreated westerners are and how tourism makes vietnamese greedy and a bunch of other stuff mistreated/eco tourist want to hear. i thought it sounded good so i read all of it. then came to see they do rentals of sporting gear and such. the prices were astronomical. this was the first flag to show me this place was just another scam to take westerners cash.

finally i went by the rstrnt to see what it was. the menu was 3-4 times more expensive than it should have been for nam. especially for ppl that "care" so much. pho was 60,000(3usd). the best ive had in hoi an is 15,000 and arrives at table in less than 2 minutes(thats universally normal time if anyone didnt know).
i figured id try it. there must be something to the great reviews huh? no! while waiting the local passers by looked at me in a different way than other places ive been. like i was a BIG sucker.
anyway. almost 15 minutes later the most boring pho ive had in nam arrives. like no flavor boring. btw, 2 months in this country and thats basically what ive been doing-seeking good vietnamese vegan food(mainly pho). and ive been making pho back in the states for decades. i know it had no flav. so i politely ate it and quickly payed. and still they wanted more. she pulled the; i have 2 20s but im gonna give you 1 20 and 2 10s as change so you can tip me. hell no i dont tip on crappy overpriced scam food. not sorry.

the toilet is an out house. totally fine. but nowhere to was hands... even the nastiest dirtiest crap-hole eating places ive been have a sink and soap.
all of this overpricing and crap pho would be fine IF they didnt play tourists for suckers. even the no sink thing. maybe i just didnt see it?

this was the worst combo so far of bad food and being raked over the coals. anyone who has spent a little time in vietnam has been fed uPp with all the pushy scammers and being taken advantage of. when i first read these peoples page, it was almost a breath of fresh air. they could have had something if they werent so blatantly fakers.

THIS IS ALL JUST MY OPINION. the web site caught my eye and i felt i compelled to see if there was any merit to their ideas presented on the blog thing. i was very disappointed to find this place, IN MY OPINION, to be yet another generic ploy to take more money off veggie eaters. i see this a lot and this place really does it hard. in my opinion. opinion is what a review is right?

Pros: didnt get food poisoned, big tip seems to be included, in price

Cons: flavorless pho, expensive food, owner cant take bad review

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karmawaters For the record this is our view: this customer (a white middle aged male) recently came alone to our restaurant one rainy cold night. Our staff gave him the Menu, he looked at the Menu then slammed the Menu closed and said our prices were too expensive. Our staff smiled and said nothing. He ordered a bowl of vegan Pho and then asked for the toilet. He came back from the toilet and ate all of the food and drank all of the juice in the bowl. He paid his bill, took his change, left no tip, thanks our staff and left our premises. Other than the comment on being "too expensive" he never complained to our staff about anything else.

Our Policy is if a customer complains and does not finish their food we do NOT charge the customer for that dish.

We have been in business in Hoi An since 2005 and we have many Reviews most of which are very positive and few are negative. We have a good relationship with Happycow for years.

First of all lets make clear the Terms of Use of Happycow's website under "User Content" (http://www.happycow.net/terms_of_use.html):
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This exact same Review was posted at the same time on TripAdvisor and we at Karma Waters reported this as abuse, harassment, defamatory and offensive and this Review was deleted by Trip Advisor.

I have requested that Happycow remove this abusive harassing Review.

cookytrix i finished my food cuz im polite, was hungry, and it was not horrible. just had no flavor. slam menu? maybe. those prices offended me. is this what you do to get all good reviews? have the bad ones removed? some do. sorry for seeing through your facade i believe you have painted. did you really expect me to tell your staff how i felt? that would have been ridiculous. why would i tip??? i stated i dont tip for things i dont like...
and why does it matter if im white middle aged male? there is a picture of me next to the review if anyone cared to know.

karmawaters This is our view of Review "another new angle at exploiting tourists-0 stars!":

1. From the text of his Review this customer BEFORE coming to our restaurant had already read our website and had made up his mind that we are exploiting Western tourists. So why did he come to our restaurant to eat?

2. Customers are welcome to come and go from our restaurant. Some customers come in and see our Menu and leave without ordering. Why did this customer comment it the Menu is too expensive and then order a dish?

3. Why did this customer eat the entire contents of the dish and never complained about this dish nor anything else (except for initial "too expensive" comment before ordering)?

4. This customer has an active imagination that local people are looking at him thinking he is a "BIG sucker". What has that got to do with our restaurant and our staff and why the abuse etc to everyone by this customer?

5. We do not use sugar and MSG so our food taste is entirely different from most local Vietnamese vegan restaurants.

6. This customer paid 100,000 VND for a dish that cost 60,000 VND; there is NO 40,000 VND note therefore change is in multiple notes or coins. Perhaps the problem is that this customer overvalues his money and it's buying power rather than the value of the local people and their pride in their community, lifestyle, culture & heritage?

7. Our street is under reconstruction and widening by the local Government and our original toilet and sink has recently been demolished. We are constructing a new toilet and sink. We apologize for any inconvenience. We were not asked by this customer where was the sink nor where to wash his hands.

8. In this Review our customer said "they are liar scammers." We deny this and that this statement is defamatory, abuse, harassment, false, etc.

This Review is unacceptable behaviour by our customer for the reasons we said above. We request that this Review is removed by Happycow.

Delicious and original - Edit

It's a nice place offering many interesting dishes. We tried several dishes but beetroot salad-soup was the most refreshing and delicious. Prices are a bit higher than moderate but at the end you fell your money were spent well. I can recommend visiting this place at least once during your stay in Hoi An.

The only only thing I missed were desserts. They have several kinds of cakes on the menu but they have to be ordered in advance. That's a pity because we had no time for that. If cakes were readily available, we would have ordered at least four pieces :-P

Pros: original menu, staff speaks English

Cons: no desserts

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There's a rat in me kitchen!! - Edit

After reading all these great reviews I couldn't wait to try the food here. I ordered curry with roti, dhal and a mint dip thing, as well as a mango smoothie. I sat at one of the tables outside, which is almost inside as the place is pretty small. The curry was mushy and lukewarm as was the dhal. I had asked to wash my hands before eating and the waitress led me to the small kitchen and I saw that the roti was from a packet and not even made fresh on the premises. So anyway I sat back down to eat and soon had company for dinner. A big dirty rat just sitting staring at me!! OK I thought, it's just a rat. Keep calm and it will soon get bored and go away. 2 mins later something else scurried loudly across the straw roof. Not sure what it was. Could have been the rat's other half. Waitress shrugged her shoulders and said sorry. I paid the bill and left. Don't think I will go back. The smoothie was nice though.
NB. ...I wanted to rate this as 0 but won't seem to let me.....

Pros: emmm....

Cons: rats, food ain't that great, rats

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Wonderful for Lunch - Edit

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.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday March 30, 2010

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Nice setting

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Mind blowing food! - Edit

This place is special! The food is so delicious and healthy. I ate here seven times while I was in Hoi An - I couldn't get enough! I love that they prepare the food on the spot, it's so fresh! Staff are also incredibly nice. Can't recommend this place enough! Whether you're a vegan or a meat eater, I highly recommend this place!

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Amazing dishes - Edit

During our stay in Hoi An, we visited this place twice. Though not as cheap as the 'com chay' type places, most dishes are around $3 which is very fair for how good the food is. We tried mushroom tofu patties, celery and cabbage salad, sweet and sour soup, and mushroom and tofu with rice. It was all amazing. The selection is great with local style dishes, broader asian dishes and western favourites such as veggie burger and raw veg salads. They also provide free drinking water which is a nice touch. Definitely worth a visit!

Pros: Food quality, Flavours

Cons: Location

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Love this place! - Edit

My parents and I went to Karma Waters several times during our stay in Hoi An. It's a simple, little place with quite a small menu, but the quality of the food is amazing and I love that they don't use MSG or sugar, which SO many veg places in Vietnam do to 'add flavour'. The food here is just so wholesome, natural and flavourful with all that added, unnecessary stuff!

The vegan pho is the best vegan pho I've had so far in Vietnam (and I have tried quite a lot). The woman working there is such a joy - she has this lovely smile that lights up her face and she's always smiling :) She speaks good enough English so that she and my mom could talk about what was gluten-free on the menu or not (she pointed out which tofu was GF and which wasn't in certain dishes) and she even understood me when I asked for my pho without coriander (a rarity here in VN). Another time we went, I had the curry and dhal with Indian bread and it was absolutely delicious, so perfectly balanced and spiced. My parents also ordered me a cake for my birthday from Karma Waters and the lovely, smiling lady (wish I knew her name) made me a mouth watering vegan & GF, coconut cake with chocolate frosting and 'Happy Birthday' written on it :) It was really so special and the cake was superb - didn't leave us feeling heavy and lethargic; it felt 'decadent', yet it was actually very moist, light and delicious! I found it very interesting that Karma Waters also offers cooking classes and eco-friendly tours, which I would have loved to have done if I had been in Hoi An longer.

Definitely recommend it!

Pros: Lovely, lovely, lovely staff!, Delicious vegan & GF cakes, Amazing curry & vegan pho!

Cons: None!

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Great food and cooking class - Edit

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

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Wonderful - Edit

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.

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Kind, delicious, organic and affordable - Edit

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

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Great cooking class - Edit

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

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Great restaurant/great cooking class - Edit

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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Broad Smile - Edit

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

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Just OK - Edit

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

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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 !

Really Good Food - Edit

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

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Probably best vegan food in Vietnam - Edit

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.

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Fantastic cooking class - Edit

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

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amazing vegan Pho - Edit

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

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

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

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100% vegan and good food - Edit

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.

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good place - Edit

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

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best restaurant in hoi an - Edit

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

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Very good! - Edit

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 :)

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best vegan food in hoi an - Edit

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

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Amazing one man show - Edit

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.

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Okay - Edit

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

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A Healthy way to eat and save the planet - Edit

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

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Flavor! So good! - Edit

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: *, *, *

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Nice location, Great food! - Edit

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!!

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Amazing energy - Edit

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

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Karma Waters - Edit

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.

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Beautiful setting, tasty food, great people - Edit

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

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Simply wonderful! - Edit

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

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Great View, Healthy Food - Edit

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

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Karma Waters great food great location - Edit

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.

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Beautiful setting, good food - Edit

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

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Best vego food and environment in Asia - Edit

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.

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Lovely place - Edit

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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