Dressed up with colourful lanterns and signature red tablecloths, this bistro-style place run by a Frenchman and his Vietnamese wife serves both cuisines, including imperial-style Hue specialities.
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There's no prizes for guessing the cuisine on offer. What's
more surprising is the heart-warming story behind it. An initiative of Michio
Koyama, the first Japanese to be granted citizenship of Hué, it's designed to given
training in Japanese cuisine and employment to some of the adolescents his Japanese
Association Supporting Streetchildren (JASS) supports. The food's excellent and the
service exceptionally polite.
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Tropical Garden Restaurant
This popular place offers romantic dining in a lush, leafy garden. It specialises in Central Vietnamese cuisine, and is the best place in Hué to catch a traditional music performance (from 19:00 nightly). While it's a regular stop for tour groups, they don't tend to spoil the atmosphere - although they do slow the service down.
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Y Thao Garden
Tucked in a quiet corner of the Citadel, a seven-course set menu is served among the huge palms on the garden terrace of a traditional Hué home that's brimming with antiques. This is Imperial cuisine at its fiddliest - peacocks with carved carrot heads and pineapple-stalk tails play pin-cushion to spring rolls on toothpicks, and green bean cakes are moulded to look like fruit and served on a branch.
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