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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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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