Morning was broken like the first morning at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum for the first 3 hours. Thereafter to One-Pillar Pagoda and The Temple of Literature before food and leg brekkie at this restaurant. Definitely not the place for people like me who hate waiting in the long queue with a plate in hand as though begging for a meal. No doubt aplenty and huge variety of Western, Asian, Vietnamese and vegetarian dishes but disappeared as quickly as they were refilled. None cared if the other has eaten as plates were pile up leaving nothing behind. Thus patience must be the game before you squeeze in between the elbow to elbow dining area in the name of enjoying of a good meal at this free wheel all walks of life bus-loads of tourists restaurant.
Good food I admit and admittedly it was a walkover for the typical traditional Vietnamese desserts. Waiting patiently is still the virtue but worth every waiting minute for the steamed sticky cake wrapped in banana leaves, black bean paste sweet porridge, two varieties of steamed custards and palm sugar with peanuts and candied ginger. These must be applauded for the deliciousness and for the eat till you drop concept but make sure you are done just in time to return to the ground floor to hop back into the coach.
A solid hour for lunch and a long winding drive to Halong Bay - one of the best highlights in in Vietnam.
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