Part of a family of three restaurants, Mango Mango has a prime location in Hoi An, on the Thu Bon River close to the Japanese Covered Bridge. Its bright interior—sunny walls; high, wood-beamed ceilings; a colorful replica fishing boat that doubles as a countertop—sets the stage for the modern Asian food. While many of the dishes have witty, pun-inspired names, like Lust in Translation (tuna rolls with seaweed) or Chasing the Chick (grilled chicken breast with house-made Asian pesto), the combinations of spice and texture are spot-on. In addition to the chow, expect delicious cocktails, Pasteur Street brews, and live music.
Mango Remains Fresh
Chief among Hoi An’s culinary innovators is Duc Tran, the Vietnamese-American chef/proprietor of The Mango Rooms, Mango Mango, and Mai Fish. His restaurants specialize in inventive fusion cuisine, as well as potent cocktails. The menu might include pan-seared red snapper with ginger, onion, and roasted black pepper, or beef chunks flame-broiled with Cuban rum and served with mango salsa.