Moderate size vegan buffet restaurant run by buddhist monks. Self-serve style: help yourself to the spread of Vietnamese dishes. Noodle soups available also. Buffet reported to be available only on certain days of the week and not every day. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-5:30pm.

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85 Reviews

First Review by enclaveviajera


Points +1696

21 Jul 2023


Tan An Lac is hidden down an alley and inside a store, yet worth the effort for the fine relaxed atmosphere and exceptionally beautiful and helpful menu.

The food is full of fresh herbal flavors and many dishes center a meaty “monkey” mushroom.

Pros: Fresh flavors, Sensual atmosphere, Helpful illustrated menu

Cons: Difficult to find



Points +36

15 Jul 2023

Hidden gem

Delicious little restaurant, all vegan. We ordered a la carte and it was very fresh and tasty. We’d love to come back for the buffet. Very affordable as well.


Points +38

15 Jul 2023

Very tasty and local vegan spot

Lots of local dishes to try! Not touristy at all. Atmosphere was very pleasant. Well worth the visit.

Pros: Herby flavors, Local cuisine, Monk operated


Points +1203

06 Jul 2023


Food was good, nice atmosphere


Points +2206

30 Jun 2023

Donation-based buffet

Stopped here for lunch and enjoyed their all-you-can-eat vegan buffet alongside lots of locals. We even got chatting with a guy who works across the street and he told us he eats here every day on his lunch break. The selection isn’t enormous and the dishes are pretty basic with a homemade kind of feel to them. My favourite was the tofu and gourd stew—simple, umami, comforting.

It’s a pay-what-you-can kind of system. We ate just one plate of food each (still recovering from poorly tummies) and decided to pay 120k for the two of us.

Pros: All vegan 💚, Affordable 💸, All-you-can-eat 🤰

Cons: Not much variety 🥱


30 Jun 2023


30 Jun 2023

Thanks, I chose them very carefully 😄🙏


Points +54

02 Apr 2023

Sehr lecker und günstig

Wir mussten zwar etwas suchen, aber das war es wert. Besonders die Bún chả sind super lecker. Deftig, rauchig und trotzdem frisch!

Pros: Viele vegane Optionen , Englische Karte mit Bildern , Günstige Preise


Points +385

02 Apr 2023

Delicious restaurant and shop

The place is run by monks very welcoming. The lunch buffet is not giant but delicious and it's free pricing.
The à la carte offers are great and as delicious.
We loved that place.
Shop at the first floor and restaurant at the 2nd.



Points +418

04 Mar 2023

A hidden gem

Beautiful selection of fresh, different & tasty Vietnamese dishes - so thankful to Happy Cow for finding this place as you would never find it otherwise! I would list this place as a "Must Visit" in Hanoi 👌


Points +1546

06 Jan 2023

go there!

a gem which is a little hard to find. totally worth as their food‘s yummy!


Points +2273

31 Dec 2022

Amazing Vegan Bun Cha

I wanted to have Vegan Bun Cha in Vietnam and it was not easy to find. But it’s here!! And very tasty! You need to go into a supermarket and upstairs. Hidden gem restaurant. So many other food menu. Wanna go back🥲


Points +50

10 Dec 2022

Social enterprise!

Great little community feel peace. It was kind of hard to find as you have to walk through the alleyway and then go up the stairs in an organic store. However, it is a pay however much you like social enterprise where they give free meals to locals who can’t afford it. Great food and lovely people.

Pros: Social enterprise, Pay what you feel, Good food

Cons: Hard to find , Not heaps of options


Points +28

02 Dec 2022

Delicious all-you-can eat style buffet

It's not directly at the street, but in a small alley (there's an entrance sign at the street though). Good food in a nice location!


Points +187

29 Nov 2022

Delicious and inexpensive 💚

Delicious and inexpensive food, all vegan, and every option on the menu has a photo (love that).

Pros: Delicious food, Inexpensive , Menu with photos


Points +26

18 Nov 2022

Kind environment, tasty food and friendly people all around.

Definitely to recomment, possible to support through donation.

Pros: Buffet for all


Points +106

13 Nov 2022

Food For All

This is a wonderful restaurant.
The sign is on the top of the lane and nearby shop owners point the way to find the restaurant upstairs.
There is a menu as well as a daily buffet table. The menu is extensive and the food we had really fresh and tasty.
The buffet is payment by donation into a box in the shop as you leave.
All the food was varied with white or brown rice, fried plantain, pickled vegetables, sweet and sour tofu, stir fried vegetables and fresh soup of greens.
One of the staff was happy to explain anything and his English language was good, so it really helped.
I’d eat there any time.

Updated from previous review on 2022-11-13

Pros: Tasty, generous portions in a tranquil space., Pay what you can afford buffet., Generous, helpful staff.

Cons: A little hard to locate the actual restaurant room


Points +960

01 Nov 2022

Amazing food!

Came here for lunch and I wish I could have tried everything on the menu.
The staff member gave us a run through of recommendations.
The food was to die for, loved every bite.
It was healthy, we got to try new foods and it was soo good.

Pros: Friendly service , Great food , Nice vibe & it’s cheap


Points +20

09 Oct 2022

Super fine food.

The dishes were amazing. Balanced. Original. The fake crab soup with a broth made of pineapple was so tasty. Mostly vegan. The place is in the first floor of a shop run by monastics.


Points +143

05 Sep 2022

No allium

Food contains no allium and pricing is reasonable. Need to walk into the alley, but the sign along the main road is obvious.
We love their soap noodles and fried spring rolls.

Pros: No allium , Quiet environment to dine in


Points +581

27 Aug 2022

Loved it

When you arrive around 12 there is a great buffet with lots of food best vegan meat so far loved everything

Pros: Cheap


Points +1295

11 Jul 2022

Got lost

Haha getting lost is a trend here. Lots of back alleys. This was in an alley, but connecting to main avenue.

Food yummy and good vietnameese prices.

Pros: Many options, Very affordable

Cons: Hard to find


Points +28

24 Jun 2022

Hard to find but worth it

We had about 7 delicious plates of food for 325k

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: Hard to find as its down a back alley


Points +39

11 Jun 2022

Incredible Vegan food Made by budist monks

2nd time coming. Absolutely amazing food.Best Vegan place in Hanoi. So many yummy food option and they even do a Bufet sometimes for so cheap.


Points +49

11 Jun 2022

Amazing buffet run by buddhist monks

The buffet is only available sometimes, otherwise you can order from the menu. This place is amazing. The pho, vegetables and mocked meats were absolutely delicious. Everything is made without garlic and onion. This has been my favourite place I have been to during my 2 week trip to Vietnam.


Points +202

08 Mar 2020

Not as described on here

This venue is not a buffet, it was quite dirty, and only a few things on the very large menu were available. We were expected to remember these by number.

It was quite a strange experience, and we decided to leave before eating as we felt uncomfortable.


Points +72

02 Mar 2020

Lovely experience

Top notch 12/12

Pros: Delicious, Cheap, Friendly and good English


Points +29

01 Mar 2020

Best meal in hanoi so far

Went there twice, and it was thrilling both times. The menu is big but usually they have only few dishes out of it.
A lot of different moc meat.
Best bun cha I've eaten.


Points +290

24 Feb 2020

Great place

2x visits. Good place but most menu points are not available. Friendly stuff.

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