At the Almanity Hoi An Resort and Spa, a buffet style breakfast was included in our stay. The spread at breakfast had a wide range of both local vietnamese and western style breakfast choices. For the buffet, there were fresh fruits, breakfast pastries, smoothies, fresh yogurt, cereals, and prepared salads. We both ate our fair share of many of the buffet choices and thoroughly enjoyed all that we ate.
In addition to the buffet style selections, there are three stations where food is prepared to order. The first station served two different dishes that are typical of vietnamese breakfasts. The options varied and ours were beef or pork pho and cao lầu. Cao lầu is a noodle dish with pork and green vegetables and can only be found in the town of Hoi An. Its exclusivity to Hoi An is a result of the century old square wells from which water is drawn to make the noodles for cao lầu. There was also a fried rice dish and chicken congee. We had originally planned to share a beef pho on the first day, but after her first bite, Jess told me I would have to go get my own! I did, and it was THAT good. On the second day Jess had chicken pho and I had the cao lầu. The cao lầu was delicious! The noodles were chewier than those found in pho, and I especially enjoyed the fried crispy dough on top. I highly recommend that you don’t miss this station during your stay at Almanity!
On the first day of breakfast we overlooked the second and third breakfast stations as they are located slightly closer to the front of the restaurant than the majority of the food. The second station included made to order eggs and a selection of typically western breakfast meats, including bacon and sausage. In addition, they also served a breakfast pizza at this station. The third station was Japanese themed. Available options included teriyaki vegetables, tempura vegetables, miso soup and steamed egg. There was also a wide range of sushi rolls and sashimi. Overall, the breakfast at Almanity is sure to satisfy the palate of those seeking either a vietnamese style or a western style breakfast.
On our second day we were lucky enough to get the last two spots in a cooking class offered by the hotels restaurant, Four Plates. Taught by the executive chef Le Quang Vien, we learned to prepare some of the restaurants signature Vietnamese dishes. Our day started with a visit to the Hoi An Central Market, where Vien taught us about purchasing fresh ingredients.
After the market, where Vien bought a banana flower, we returned to Four Plates and began our cooking class. During the class we learned how to prepare Banana Blossom Salad, Fresh Spring Rolls, and Lemon Grass Chicken. With Vien’s guidance we prepared some delicious dishes which we then enjoyed for lunch. We highly recommend the cooking class at the Almanity Hoi An Resort!
While relaxing after the cooking class we couldn’t help but indulge in a poolside cocktail! Jess had the Gin Fizz, and I had the Almanity Mojito. All in all we were very pleased with the quality, authenticity, and flavors the food at Almanity Hoi An Resort and Spa had to offer.
Follow your tummy…
-Jess and Steven
April 25, 2016