Set in the most picturesque period building in town, on a corner overlooking riverside Bach Dang, this Saigon-managed restaurant is as much about atmosphere as it is about dining. Rivaled only by Brother's, the two open floors here reflect true old Hoi An elegance. The second floor has great views of the river and is dramatic, with a high, exposed tile ceiling and languid ceiling fans. I had the Vietnamese-style ravioli, the local white rose specialty, and enjoyed fresh pan-fried shrimp. They serve regional dishes like Hanoi cha ca and mi quang wide noodles. Presentation is arguably the classiest in town, with fine china, stemware, and lacquered dishes on linen, and the service is professional if a bit hovering. A good choice for a romantic evening of fine dining, Hoi An-style.
In the Song Hoai restaurant you’ll find not only astounding Vietnamese cuisine but a menu of dishes that reflects exactly what the city of Hoi An itself has to offer. One of Hoi An’s specialties is a dish known as mi quang, featuring al dente noodles mixed with baby prawns, pork, and a delicious broth. If you want to taste this local dish you need to have it at Song Hoai - and make sure you have a bahn bao banh vat (steamed dumpling) while you’re there.