Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

By Hoang Phong   February 8, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
Here are five seafood restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s two largest cities, that Michelin has advised globetrotters not to miss.
Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Oc Di Tu in Hanoi serves diners with a wide range of Vietnamese shellfish like grilled melo melo, known for its great taste, served with scallions and fried garlic.

In addition, guests can order other seafood options such as prawns, Ha Long squid, venus clams, and blood cockles.

According to Michelin Guide, one of the must-try dishes is steamed venus clams with lemongrass, chili, and pineapple, which boasts “a deep umami flavor.”

The restaurant is located at 144C Quan Thanh Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Oc Vi Sai Gon in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District opened its business in 2009 and has become one of the capital's most popular snail addresses.

Its menu features diverse options from oysters to white clams, snails, cockles, and scallops.

"The stir-fried white clams in garlic butter release a robust aroma, while the stir-fried cockles with tamarind offer an irresistible umami flavor," according to Michelin.

According to Michelin inspectors, diners should consider ordering a mini baguette to mop up the delicious sauce.

It is located at 21 Gia Ngu Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Situated in a historic French colonial villa, Tanh Tach restaurant is one of the capital's luxury snail dining venues.

Unlike other restaurants that offers traditional Vietnamese snail dishes, the restaurant mainly serves European-style seafood dishes. In addition to Vietnamese seafood, the dishes also combine Western ingredients and unique preparation methods.

"Head chef Bernard Nguyen gained experience in Australia, where he developed a talent for seafood dishes rooted in textbook European techniques, which is why they take a prominent place on the à la carte menu," Michelin said.

Before enjoying seafood dishes, you can try nori or kimchi rice crackers with a tom yam mayo dip.

In the picture is grilled bulot meatball served with aromatic coriander curry sauce, one of best options at the restaurant.

It is located at 3 Yet Kieu, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi,

Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Hidden inside a small alley on Nguyen Trai Street, just a few meters from the iconic Ben Thanh Market in downtown, Oc Dao Restaurant is not a strange address for fans of snails but it can be hard to find for first-time comers.

Its menu boasts a variety of different species such as clam steamed with lemongrass, blood clam stir-fried with tamarind, apple snail steamed with ginger and lemongrass or stir-fried squid teeth with satay.

The restaurant offers spaciousness, making it an ideal spot for casual gatherings.

It is located at 212B/D48 Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, and guests should make reservations in advance on weekends.

Michelin-recommended snails and seafood restaurants in Vietnam

Ba Co Loc Coc Restaurant in HCMC's District 4, known as "snail's paradise," is praised for its high-quality seafood and an excellent variety of snail dishes prepared in different styles, Michelin said.

Although the menu is not translated into English, the staff and menu photos are available to assist in placing your order.

One of must-try dishes is the apple snail with ginger and lemongrass, served with a cup of fish sauce added with chili and fresh herbs.

The restaurant is at 222 Khanh Hoi, Ward 6, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City.

Photos courtesy of the restaurants

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