Following the success of Mango Mango and Mango Rooms, renowned Chef Duc Tran added Mai Fish to his celebrated group of eateries in Hoi An. With a menu that pays tribute to the best of Vietnamese cuisine, you’ll find the regions local favourites on offer here from cao lầu and bánh mì to phở bố.
While the menu options may seem casual, what Chef Duc has created is high quality dishes that give street side favourites new life. Using locally sourced ingredients purchased from the market every morning, the home style dishes developed from Chef Duc’s family recipes are vibrant, fresh and bursting with flavour.
Mai Fish is perfectly positioned in UNESCO World Heritage Hoi An to allow diners a central escape from the crowds of Ancient Town, in a space that honours the Heritage house it operates from. Colourful interiors and craftsman style furniture make up the cosy interior, but the best seat in the house has to be in the courtyard. Flooded with natural light and decorated tastefully, it’s here that diners can soak in the buzzing riverside atmosphere.
Not only does Mai Fish offer the opportunity to enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes, patrons can also sample the best in Vietnam’s craft beers. On offer are a selection of brews from The Pasteur Street Brewing Company as well as the more local, Hoi An Artisan Brewery. The perfect accompaniment to a fresh local dish on a hot Vietnamese afternoon.
Standouts on the menu include Bò cuốn lá lốt, where parcels of five spiced steamed mince encased in lốt leaf sit on a bed of rice noodles, garnished with fresh julienne carrot, shallots and crushed peanuts. Paired with a fish sauce dressing, it’s a light and refreshing starter.
If it’s seafood you’re after the sa lat hải sản is a seafood medley of steamed prawn and squid tossed with onion, pineapple and Vietnamese celery. A colourful medley of ingredients dressed with a chilli sauce it’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
For a main course, the elegantly presented slow cooked prawn curry is a must try. In a coconut infused broth the combination of taro root and sweet potato make this dish comforting and hearty, exactly the type of meal you expect at a home-style restaurant.
For vegetarians, the crispy tofu is an absolute stand out. Perfectly seasoned with fresh lemongrass, salt and chilli the balance of flavours are spot on.
The portions are generous and filling but the dessert menu shouldn’t be overlooked. For sweet but light try the home-made ice cream offered in a variety of flavours from pistachio or passionfruit to cookie and chocolate.
For something more impressive opt for the passionfruit crème brulee with green tea ice-cream. A surprizing twist on an old favourite. Or, for a more traditional dish opt for the Vietnamese white bean pudding. A dessert said to originate in central Vietnam, it’s a warm combination of bean, sticky rice and a hint of coconut. Sprinkled with peanuts it’s a sweet but not overly decadent dessert.
A visit to Mai Fish will not disappoint. This is the perfect spot to pull up a chair, let the staff make you feel like part of the family as they proudly serve up traditional home-style Vietnamese cuisine with an upmarket, modern twist.
Address: 45 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Hội An
Phone: +84 (0) 235 3925 545
Hours: Open daily 9.00 – 22.00