Mar 22 2013
Negotiating the potholes on a bike with no suspension or brakes down the six-kilometre-long Cua Dai Road between Hoi An’s old town and beach and you’ll probably be looking out for a stop to get the blood circulating back to your buttocks at around kilometre three — which is where you’ll find the three-storey mirage of towering Dingo Deli.
You’ll find on offer here all kinds of wonderful services, such as a brilliant adventure playground, Skype, free use of their Facebook-friendly Mac computers, air-conditioned dining and quite frankly one of the best loos in town.
Dingo’s menu is packed full of Western dishes, including Tex Mex burrito breakfasts, hearty salads, house-baked cakes, pies, breads and pastas plus there’s a well-stocked deli. Everything is available to eat-in or can be packed up and taken away — they also offer a free delivery service to your hotel for orders over 100,000 VND.
We eat here regularly, drawn by the friendly owners, consistently good food, air-con, cheese and generators — when Hoi An has one of its frequent power outages, the deli is where everyone heads. The all-day breakfasts are a firm favourite with us and come in proper man-sized portions. The big breaky is a cure-all hangover feast of eggs, sausages, bacon, beans, potato wedges and toast; breakfast burritos and pancakes with seasonal fruit and maple syrup all come in at around $5 which is incredibly good value in comparison to the meagre offerings by the competition in town.
Staff are both friendly and welcoming and to save on communication mishaps order sheets are provided for you to tick off your menu selection. Customers are encouraged to check their bills upon payment, leaving no questions over mystery extras, which is reassuring if owners Michelle and Gordon are busy giving customers the inside scoop on Hoi An’s attractions.
Everything on the menu is priced at under $10 and our bill for two including the essential coffee (Lavazza or Vietnamese) and fresh juice came in at $15. If you go during one of their promotions you can eat like a king for significantly less; have a look at the chalkboard outside for specials.
Dingo is a favourite with expats and has a great adventure playground out the back to keep the kids amused. If you need advice on child-friendly pursuits around Hoi An, Michelle, Gordon or their two kids will enthusiastically point you in the right direction. For the rest of us, the deli offers a quiet place to work or make that Skype call back home in relative peace. Shaded outside seating is available both front and back and the plentiful parking for push bikes, scooters and cars is handy if you want to stock up on all the essentials in their shop.
If you are looking for something similar in town, try either Cargo on Nguyen Thai Hoc for its good breakfasts and baked goods or Alfresco on An Hoi for its Aussie/Tex Mex menu with similar prices. Dingo Deli’s sister company Go Travel on Phan Chau Trinh offers a slightly scaled down version of Dingo’s menu, including the all-day breakfasts.
For all the other extra facilities Dingo Deli offers, the three-kilometre journey is certainly worthwhile, even if it’s just to burn off a few of the extra calories on the way back to your hotel.
229 Cua Dai Road, Hoi An
T: (0510) 653 5459
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