Dubbed to be a foodie's paradise, Vietnam has finally got its Michelin guide, with 103 restaurants earning the recognition and four bagging the coveted star on June 6, Tuesday. Even though Vietnam's flavours spread far and wide without earning a Michelin guide, this is a formidable acceptance of its gastronomical offerings.
From Pho to Banh Mi, Vietnamese dishes have undoubtedly become a go-to comfort food for people all over the world. While its street food has earned quite a reputation, with tourists and discerning epicureans flocking to the country to taste the best, the Michelin guide has compiled a list of sought-after restaurants in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi that have pleased many palates with their innovative creations. More interestingly, not all these restaurants specialise in the tantalising Vietnamese flavours but also showcase their speciality across different cuisines, such as the Mediterranean, Cantonese and Latin American. But that does not mean the guide has reviewed the native cuisine's unique and soothing flavours&ndashof the 103, 17 restaurants have committed themselves to the all-time favourite pho.
If you are visiting Vietnam, these four restaurants that have bagged the star must be on your radar
Anan Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City
This contemporary Vietnamese restaurant is not new to attention. Just a few months ago, it celebrated its mention in the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list. Helmed by Chef Peter Cuong Franklin, the dishes here pay homage to Vietnam's culinary culture but with a modern twist. The loved flavours of the cuisine are treated with delicate French techniques, leading to sublime creations such as bone marrow wagyu beef pho and foie gras banh mi. While the a-la-carte menu features delectable options, it is recommended you opt for Chef's tasting menu for a remarkable culinary journey through Vietnam's different regions.
Gia represents the very essence of fine dining. Tucked away in the heart of Hanoi, this modern conceptual dining space "celebrates Vietnamese cuisine, culture and the love for family with modern cooking techniques and playful flavours." Gia's success can be credited to their attention to detail invested at every stage of the process, from selecting the ingredients to conceptualising their seasonal menus.
Hibana By Koki, Hanoi
Located in the busy old quarters of Hanoi, this intimate Michelin-starred restaurant specialises in edgy Japanese cuisine and prides itself on sourcing all its ingredients from Japan twice weekly. Chef Hiroshi Yamaguchi lends the making of every creation his signature theatrical opulence. If you visit here, indulge in their acclaimed teppanyaki menu, which skillfully fuses tradition and modernity.
Tam Vi, Hanoi
A quaint tea house crowded with vintage Chinese furniture and hand-written signage, Tam Vi breaks the mould of a new-age diner. And the food heavily borrows from the romantic setting mirroring the past, as the menu is complete with select, heartwarming dishes hailing from Vietnam's northern region. Tam Vi is known for perfecting classics like Cháº£ á»ÂÂc, consisting of ham and periwinkle snails served with fresh herbs, vegetables, and rice vermicelli in fish sauce and Canh Cua Má»«ng TÆ¡i, a clear broth soup with a subtle crab flavour and Malabar spinach.
For more information on the other stars in the Michelin Guide, visit here.