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“One of our best meals in Vietnam!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Thi Nhan

Thi Nhan
Ranked #294 of 732 Restaurants in Hoi An
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Venice, CA
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“One of our best meals in Vietnam!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

We found Thi Nhan via Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations - it's a restaurant seemingly right next to the owners home on the road back to town from Cua Dai Beach. We rode our bikes up around 5pm and were the only people there. The woman working took us into the back kitchen to pick out our dinner - there was a bucket of live crabs and they price them based on size. After choosing a small/medium sized one for 400,000 VND we weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into. She cooked them in up and also sautéed some morning glory with fresh garlic, and we were in heaven. For $20 US you could never eat like this in the states, even if it's a bit more expensive than your average meal in Vietnam. A must try for an off-the-beaten-path experience!

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English first
georgetown
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Following the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain to Thi Nhan in Hoi An.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012

Located on the main road along the route to Cua Dai Beach, you will easily find this restaurant. English menu is available, but it is best to visit the kitchen to choose the seafood that is fresh and make your own selection which can be weighed on the spot.

If you are lucky, the friendly owner and cook will provide you a free cooking lesson. I ordered crab cooked with tamarind sauce and grilled shrimp. If you have a party of 4 persons, consider to choose the ultimate set meal with 5 dishes of clams, shrimp, fish, crab and squid for $80(without drinks) which is a infinitely better deal. Prices are definitely considered relatively high for Vietnam but not higher than any live seafood restaurant in Hoi An or on Cua Dai Beach. Crab with roe 300K($15) and grilled prawns 150K. Seafood crab and shrimp prices range from 300 to 400K per kg which is the standard in Hoi An. Drinks are priced normally as in any other establishment.

Visit this restaurant if you are a fan of Anthony Bourdain, just to experience exactly what he was raving about and understand the amazing reviews of NY Times to form your own conclusion.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Taipei, Taiwan
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very erxpensive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

There are not many people here. Yes it is real seafood place but the price is soo hight if compared to other seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Visited March 2012
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing Seafood - Off the beaten path”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2012

This is not in the town center, but easy to access via taxi. We ordered one of the combinations and it came with so much food. It was all delicious, but we weren't able to finish everything. We had grilled clams, shrimp, fish, crab and squid. The tamarind crab was my favorite. This is not a white table cloth kind of place. Instead it is a very casual delicious fresh seafood restaurant that you have to dig into. If you you don't like to get your hands dirty this isn't your place. My friend and I found it because of a NY Times article. Also, Anthony Bourdain had visited on one of his shows. It was not disappointing. Our waiter was super nice.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best meal we had in Vietnam.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

Heard about this place on TA, arrived early for dinner, ushered into the kitchen to select dinner. Simply decorated, basic restaurant with a delightful owner & staff. Chose large prawns and two crabs, no menu or prices listed. The prawns were delicious but were not the ones we selected. Can't fault the flavor & freshness regardless. The two crabs in tamarind sauce were divine, shelled at our table by gloved hands of the owner.

Be warned there are no prices or menu so either ask upfront or be prepared to pay.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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