where: Hoàn Kiếm (14 Ngô Văn Sở, Trần Hưng Đạo)

price range: 180k VND/person

hours: 11:00AM-2:00PM

setting: converted french-style villa

group friendly: yes

stand-out dish: vegan pho

website: https://www.facebook.com/letonkin14

hot tip: wander up to the second floor to see traditional art, artifacts, and instruments lining the walls

Stepping into Le Tonkin's high-ceilinged dining room sets the mood for a special, albeit bit stuffy meal. The all-you-can-eat menu features simple vegan dishes and vegan versions of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. The dishes are presented beautifully, but the flavors are hit or miss. We most enjoyed the mushroom cháo, fried sticky rice, and vegan phở.

verdict: A good spot to celebrate a special occasion or to bring vegan visitors, but too pricey for what is being offered.