I’ve always raved about Cay Bang in Mui Ne. It’s one of those restos frequently visited by locals and the food is always, always fresh. You can go down to the kitchens and choose your seafood to be cooked. The trouble though is that almost always when we visit (and yes, we only get to visit when there’s a schedule Vietnam holiday which equates to lots of people thinking the same thing), it’s jam-packed! The restaurant has 2 floors by the ocean and its always full of people during holidays. 😦 Plus, the servers don’t speak a whole lot of English.
So last time we went to Mui Ne, we got kicked out of Cay Bang because there were no more tables again. So where did we wander off? Next door to Hoa Vien!!! No need to get on a car when it’s literally the restaurant beside Cay Bang. It’s tons more polished than Cay Bang so it means, the price may be a little bit higher but not to a vulgar degree.
It’s hard to miss with this classic car out front.
The second time, I forgot to take photos. 😦 However, we ordered the same things we crave for in Cay Bang! We ordered the raw fish salad which we wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper with sesame seeds, seafood fried rice, 500 grams grilled shrimp and 500 grams grilled squid! DELICIOUS!
And as I wrote this post, I realized there’s a Hoa Vien in District 1! I promise I’ll visit that place as soon as my kids have gotten over the flu!