While most of Hanoi's new rich are devouring steaks in shiny new temples to carnivorousness, Uu Dam Chay has done something different - devoting one of the city's coolest dining spaces to vegan cuisine. I'm cutting back on my meat intake so this sounded like an interesting and gutsy concept.
We've eaten here twice now. The food's delicious and accessible to anyone. I'm very partial to mushrooms and there were plenty of mushroom options from a broad menu of pan-Asian vegan dishes. We ordered lots and the breadth of the flavour experience was impressive.
Staff were not quite at the standard of the space and the food - that will no doubt improve.
Uu Dam Chay is large - over 3 floors. When we visited at lunchtime, it was buzzing like any busy downtown eatery. I had to remind myself that everyone in this vast place was vegan - at least for this meal.
A lot of thought has gone into the design. It's relaxing but classy. The rooftop, which is like a greenhouse, is an especially interesting space.
Getting vegan food isn't always easy in Vietnam. Getting vegan food in an elegant space is harder again. Uu Dam Chay solves both problems. And any open-minded diner will find this a worthwhile experience of flavour.
You can stop by at any time for a coffee or juice.
Priced in the mid to high range - definitely a lot less expensive than the city's posh steak houses.
Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places we think you should know about. That's it. We've paid our way on our visits to Uu Dam Chay and received no inducement for this listing.