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“Great cocktails and nice food”

Green Mango Restaurant
Ranked #84 of 863 Restaurants in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: Diner, Vietnamese, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located in the historic centre of Hoi An. Set in a very traditional Japanese & Chinese shophouse. The setting and ambience is worth a visit
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We had several cocktails at happy hour and a tasting plate. All were fantastic although the English barrier messed up our first drink order - they will not change it for you (something they don't understand). Complimentary bread rolls with tomatoe and cucumber sauce were absolutely divine.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This little gem is an absolute must to visit when visiting Hoi An. We travelled throughout Vietnam for 3 weeks and this resturant really stood out. We had lunch and dinner here. The food and service was outstanding and the owner "Mac" was extremely hospitable and helpful.
Thank you Mac

Darren & Angela

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Upon arrival our friendly host "Mac" said that " the proof is in the pudding" and he was right from the warm welcome upon our arrival until the last mouthful of their mouthwatering dishes.
Hai the chef and owner also contributes to this with tantalizing tastes that could only be expected from a michelin chef.
Myself and friends were also intrigued about the cooking class which they do each morning with a visit to the market.
There are 5 menu,s to choose from and we come to a compromise between us and chose no.2,
I highly recommend this Restaurant to anybody looking for high class cuisine at a very reasonable price.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Hai, the owner and head chef of Green Mango, has a friendly and genuine style this and an intimate knowledge of the herbs, ingredients and cooking processes that anyone interested in cooking a high standard of food will find exciting and rewarding.

There are cheaper options for cooking classes around The area but I would say its more than worth it to spend the $25 US on a fine restaurant like green mango.

If you "just want to be able to make pho" then the cheaper courses will serve you well enough. Although probably not much better than a google search.

For example I took a similar (in cost) cooking course in Chiangmai. It was much more practical - more chopping and grinding and frying, had a good amount of information and a lovely, well rehearsed teacher. It was fun, but I already know how to chop, fry and grind things.

Hai's cooking course in comparison is much less prescribed. From the relaxed way he walks through the market offering advice about how to buy fish, buying treats for his staff, or picking up hidden and exciting things for you to try (thankfully not the month old mud-fermented eggs) it becomes clear that this isn't a money-spinning operation (there were only two of us in the class) but just a chance to hang out with someone who loves cooking and really knows his stuff.

The actual cooking lesson is very interactive. Hai shows you how he creates food and explains the theory and ideas behind his choices and the food in Vietnam generally. (Note the particular way he infuses the herbs into his shredded chicken coconut soup...)

Even if you never intend to make Vietnamese food again the knowledge you can gain from the class is greatly valuable in itself. You will be able to make some genuinely impressive things.

At each stage he offers that you smell, taste and touch the food. You get an understanding of what is going happening to the food at each point, and the precise way he controls the flavour and presentation of the dish.

It's cool to see such a good chef in his element and yes, you get to do a substantial bit of chopping, mixing and measuring, as well as making some pretty fine-art mango slices.

The food you produce is excellent and nothing beats sitting back with a drink and talking with the chef.

The Blackened Sea Bass was outstanding. Both to look at and to eat. Seeing it made step by step, tasting the spices before and after they were cooked- there is no better way to eat. The Sea Bass, on its bed of green beans an balsamic strawberry dip was the epitome of all this. I don't think I've put anything as good in my mouth this trip.

Finally, respect must be given for the recipes [read: formula] emailed to you after the class. It goes as in depth as measuring lettuce by leaf- which is a good thing.

All in all, a thoroughly rewarding experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who sees cooking as more than just a means to an end.

Chening

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

From the outside this place looks amazing and the interior doesn't disappoint, the square bar in the center lit up in cool blue gives a nice hip touch contrasting well with this otherwise ancient Vietnamese house. The cocktail and wine menu was extensive and good. The amuse bouche was a 'virgin Mary' plated in three spoons and was a solid start, unfortunately both mine and my partners starters and mains were well below average, particularly my Tom Yum soup which was a very poor and tepid imitation of the Thai classic (chef can't of tasted it prior to serving) and my lamb sausage which was tasteless and dry as old hat... coupled with poor levels of service (aside from the front of house manager who is great but spread too thinly) we were glad to leave, on investigating the kitchen it's a wonder they can get any food out, hot sticky, cramped and no surface area to work on , you can see for yourself when you visit the WCs. I should qualify this review by saying that we visited July 24th and it was very hot and humid, AC is not allowed in the old part of Hoi An so a few scattered fans are all that keep the place from being a sauna... some of the food in these photos look a lot better than we experienced so maybe we caught an off night. My advice would be go here for a cocktail but for eats keep walking a few minutes further down the road and visit the green chilli. Or indeed a couple of streets further up for a fantastic Indian meal at Ganesh. Looks good but fails consistently to deliver...

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