Green Mango Restaurant

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Green Mango Restaurant
Green Mango Restaurant

Walking along the seaside road in downtown Cat Ba, one passes the usual sites of any Vietnamese tourist destination. Street vendors selling pearls and water guns, coffee shops set up under tarps, plastic chairs lined up by rank at restaurants with illustrated menus. But at the centre of the chaos lies a rather unusual site of plush velvet pillows sitting on charming wicker furniture, surrounding glass top tables topped with decorative lamps. The charming site of the Green Mango restaurant seems almost a mirage among the generic decor of most Vietnamese establishments.

With the restaurant surrounded by Vietnamese venues, it’s probably not the best choice for genuine Vietnamese cuisine or fresh sea food. For the real cultural experience, it’s probably best to take a seat on the plastic chairs. But for a guaranteed good meal and a break from the local sea food, Green Mango is probably one of the safest bets on the island.

Green Mango Restaurant
Green Mango Restaurant

With prices starting at VND70,000 for a main meal, and the most expensive choices topping VND200,000, it’s not a bargain either, but is comparable with most seafood restaurants in the area. Drinks are also reasonably priced, with nightly happy hour making them that much better. Thanks to  the owner Nguyen Thanh Hai ‘s  training, you can trust his staff to make a descent cocktail. catba travel

Mr. Hai’s sea side restaurant offers not just a great view, but probably some of the best Western food you could find on the island. Whether you’re craving a simple juicy burger or classic fish and chips, the upscale crowd lamb shank or sesame encrusted Ahi-tuna, the restaurant offers an impressive menu of various dishes along with limited Vietnamese choices.