Xuan Trang Restaurant is a long running restaurant in a popular part of Hue in Vietnam which serves both traditional Vietnamese food as well as international food. If you order the right dishes this is one of the best places in the city to eat.
Front of Xuan Trang Restaurant
Xuan Trang Restaurant is open from 09:00 to 24:00 most days selling breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to being a lively bar in the evenings. I visited at lunch time when the restaurant was not too busy and the service therefore quicker. This place is popular and it can take a while to get served sometimes as a consequence.
About Xuan Trang Restaurant
Xuan Trang Restaurant is a smart modern looking location with three seating areas: one on the ground floor by the bar and two upstairs floors with balconies overlooking the lively Chu Van An Road below. In terms of atmosphere the Xuan Trang Restaurant is a great success and the cheap Huda beer, 10,000 VND for a large glass in the day and 14,000 VND in the evening, added to the ambience by drawing the crowds to drink here.
Inside Xuan Trang Restaurant
The smart modern interior and young hip clientele at Xuan Trang Restaurant somewhat disguises the fact that this is a long running restaurant known for its Vietnamese food. Local people eat here. The restaurant has a really long menu with pretty the whole range of better known Vietnamese dishes, and some set Vietnamese menus at about 40,000 to 50,000 VND more than those those served at the nearby Quan Hanh Restaurant. The specialities which the Vietnamese people seem to order here most often are the fried rice dishes (40,000 to 60,000 VND) and the hot potss (80,000 to 130,000 VND). These menu prices are at the higher end of the price range for a restaurant of this kind in Vietnam and I suspect the locals who come in to eat at Xuan Trang Restaurant get a considerable discount on what is quoted in the menu.
Beef in pepper sauce at Xuan Trang Restaurant
The Western food at Xuan Trang Restaurant (pizzas, pasta, burger, sandwiches etc) is passable but not fantastic, particularly for the price. Pizza costs 95,000 to 130,000 VND and a burger with fries with cost you 65,000 to 85,000 VND. A better choice is to go for non-Vietnamese Asian dishes, such as the beef in pepper sauce which I ordered. It cost 85,000 VND and was a superb Chinese style stir with perfectly tender thick beef strips and just enough kick from the peppercorns in the sauce – way better than an averagely executed burger.