Quan Hanh is a popular restaurant in the centre of Hue serving local style Vietnamese food.
Quan Hanh restaurant is highly recommended as a place to eat classic Vietnamese dishes cooked in the local way and it’s not very expensive. The restaurant is open from 09:00 to 21:00 every day. There is normally no need to book although over the past few years the restaurant has become increasingly busy on account of the mostly good reviews it gets on TripAdvisor, and other websites, so in high season you may find that you have difficulties turning up and getting a table between 12:00 and 14:00 and 19:00 and 21:00.
About Quan Hanh
There are two dining rooms at Quan Hanh. The main dining room is at street level. It has both tables for two as well long tables for large parties. There are also some tables outside on the street in front of the restaurant which may appeal to smokers. There is also a small upstairs dining area on the top floor of the restaurant, which is quieter and decoratively more attractive.
The menu at Quan Hanh is exclusively Vietnamese food cooked in the local style Each region of Vietnam has it own particular style of cooking, and Quan Hanh is no different. Quan Hanh has been open for over 30 years, and has been operated continuously for that period by three generations of the same family. The current owner has been in the restaurant trade for his whole life and speaks English, French and German (and perhaps a few other languages), and makes a lot of effort to explain to foreign guests what the dishes are and how they should be eaten. This customer friendly approach in part explains the popularity of the restaurant with foreign visitors.
Quan Hanh has an a la carte menu, and 3 set tasting menus. The majority of the foreign visitors tend to go for the set menus because they are good value at 120,000 VND per person (approximately $5) and also because they give diners an opportunity to try a variety of local style Vietnamese dishes. I ordered set menu 1 and this is what I was got:
- Bánh Khoái (Hue style pancakes with shrimp)
- Bánh Bèo (thin cakes made from rice cake, dried shrimps, crispy pork skin, scallion oil unique to Hue)
- Nem Lụi (minced pork on a lemon grass stalk skewer)
- Bánh Ướt (a type of spring roll in a moist rice noodle sheet)
- Thịt Nướng (cold thin noddles topped with grilled pork and herbs)
- Nem Rán (deep fried spring roll)
I enjoyed eating at Quan Hanh because of the wide variety of local dishes I got to try, because the dining room is nice, and the service was good. On the negative side I felt that the restaurant had pre-prepared the food too long in advance to allow them to serve it quickly and turn the tables over. The food lacked the freshness and punch that you find in less known eateries with less attractive decor and more a discerning local clientele. Local people do come here to eat but I could see that they kept well away from the set menus and I can understand why. Unfortunately, this great restaurant is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success by paying less attention to quality and more attention to quantity. If you look at the reviewers on Trip Advisor what you will notice is that time goes on the number of bad reviews increases. A great shame and I hope Quan Hanh can turn this around.
Location of Quan Hanh
Quan Hanh is located at 11-15 Phu Duc Chinh in Hue.