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“Worst meal yet in Vietnam”
Review of Thanh Restaurant

Thanh Restaurant
Ranked #563 of 786 Restaurants in Hoi An
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worst meal yet in Vietnam”
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Without a doubt, the worst meal of our 3.5 week trip. Frying oil was stale, local specialities were bordering on the inedible, and service was comedy bad. Just avoid and don't be fooled if it looks busy. I think a previous reviewer nailed it when they said they thought this was a place that tour groups get taken to. Don't waste your time.

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English first
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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424 reviews
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“Our worst service and meal so far in vietnam”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

This placed looked busy and near waterfront. Menu looked good. That was all that was good. .the service was totally non existence. .we waited an hour for our meals and had to ask twice. My husband had finished his meal by the time the second meal arrived. My meal was last. Very poor quality of meals. Waitress was running around yelling at her children. They seemed to have no interest in providing service. I guess they are just relying on location. We we also unfortunate enough to get front table and were constantly hounded by street hawkers trying to sell everything from toys to food. Dont go to this place.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank nzp0ppy
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Ohio
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Do not be fooled if your guide takes you there promising good good!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our tour guide suggested we go to this restaurant for good food. The food is TERRIBLE. It looked like a scam to us because there were many other tourists there brought by their guides. The food was so overpriced for that place and quality of food received. It is not clean and not pleasant at all. The spring rolls were the worse we have had. They brought our food out at different times, last one more than 15 minutes everyone else in the group had finished eating. DO NOT GO THERE. There must be a kickback in it for the guides. There are many other places with better food, service and price. There was also sand in our food but not sure if in the herbs or the fish. We were grateful that no one ended up sick after eating there.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Likeitniceandclean
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Disappointing Meal in a Town Oozing With Quality”
Reviewed May 14, 2012

After walking along the waterfront on both the An Hoi side and the Hoi An side, we were attracted by the prospect of a restaurant bustling with people where we could view the menu without a representative of the restaurant trying to pressure us to come in. It seemed to have a great selection of Vietnamese cuisine at decent prices so we added it to our shortlist and when nothing else trumped it we headed back.

The restaurant had all but cleared out by the time we returned so we got ourselves a table at the front of the restaurant overlooking the waterfront. This was a rookie error on our part as this opened us up to the one-a-minute deluge of hawkers trying to sell you their wares while you are sitting down and trying to enjoy a meal. I've eaten out every night of my 2 weeks in Vietnam and I understand that this is a common interruption, but it was on a whole other level here.

This is not the fault of the restaurant so I cannot judge the restaurant on this annoyance. I can however judge the restaurant on its food, which was simply disappointing. I ordered a Beef Phở after many days of build-up to trying the classic Vietnamese dish. What I ended up being served tasted like a Pot Noodle that had been poured into a bowl with some rehydrated beef chucked in for good measure.

My partner also got dealt with a plateful of disappointment when she ordered the Vegetarian Cao Lầu. She had seen me enjoy a bowl of the Hoi An speciality in another restaurant, which is a stunning dish that comprises of doughy noodles swimming in a broth with some fresh greens, croutons and pork. She was hoping for a vegetarian version of that dish, but ended up with a bland and uninspiring stir-fry. No broth. No greens. Just a sad excuse for a stir fry with a handful of vegetables. They even used the wrong type of noodles, exchanging the trademark doughy linguine-sized noodles for some plain old wheat noodles.

The food was unforgivably bad given the quality we had become accustomed to in many of the other restaurants Hoi An has to offer. The service was also non-existent, despite being one of only two couples eating in the restaurant. If we wanted anything we had to ask for it. The only redeeming feature that the restaurant has is that you can order a glass of fresh beer for 7,000 Dong, which is perfectly cold and so refreshing that you'll be ordering another glass within 5 minutes of your first (if you can get the attention of the waitress).

If you decide to pay Thanh Restaurant a visit make sure it is not for the food, but maybe for a beer or two. You should not have to waste a meal in Hoi An on insipid food and ill-informed recipes.

  • Visited May 2012
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lubbeek
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Charming for a beer.”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Something was wrong! The chef was shouting in the kitchen. The waitress was overstressed and forgot everything. I couldn’t find out why you can call Cao Lau a regional Specialty; prepared this way, it is a dish to forget. The duck with garlic was just a bone with a bit overcooked meat and fat. Our guidebook called the restaurant charming what it is: black columns, golden letters, red lanterns. It is well situated with view over the river. And it is not expensive. So just go for a beer.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Paul D
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