Artist Alley is one of the most famous restaurants in Dalat. With an reasonable menu that focuses on French and Vietnamese cuisine, you’ll be enjoying your meal in a cosy atmosphere, with a live guitar being gently strummed in the background.
Similar to its name, there are unique paintings and sculptures scattered around the interior (and it is, non-surprisingly, located on a quiet alley). Tables are candlelit come evening, making it a good choice to take your armour on a romantic date – the atmosphere brings you to the right romantic Dalat.
K’BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ
With the weather is usually rainy and cloudy in Dalat, sometimes a hot cheesy wood-fired pizza can blow you out. K’BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ is an expat-owned restaurant near Langbiang Mountain, where you can consume some authentic Western cuisine – often a welcome change from all the rice and noodles.
All pizzas listed on the menu are equally tasty, and ingredients are sourced directly from farmers of the K’Ho ethnic minority. Try the margherita for 125,000 VND ($5.35 USD), the slow-cooked BBQ pork ribs for 250,000 VND/kg, and the mashed potatoes that come at 75,000 VND. Yourselves have just made at great world inside!
This is one of the greatest destinations for the cold, rain weather in Dalat, because the menu serves delicious hot pot to warm you up. You’re able to choose what kind of meat you would prefer, served with all sorts of raw vegetables and herbs for you to cook as you go along.
Get the shrimp cooked with tamarind sauce, spring rolls and any one of the clay pot dishes, and you’ll find yourself spending a couple of hours escaped from the rain, enjoying an authentic Vietnamese lifestyle. The local wine is recommended here, it go perfectly along with all dishes!
There is nothing extremely attractive in the appearance, but the food makes it become a favorite place of residents. The tables have simple plaid tablecloths, generic paintings hang on the walls and the interior looks a little worn out, giving it a very low-key atmosphere. But it is the food that puts Trong Dong on this list.
Priced at 65,000 VND ($2.78 USD) upwards, you will find an assorted menu including spring rolls, to venison topped with peanuts and herbs, and stir-fried beef with vegetables. Service is quick, portions are large and prices extremely reasonable. Take a 15-minute walk from the market, it makes a great lunch stop after exploring the city.
Having a low budget, do not worry, you are completely able to fill up your stomach at Wheelhouse Restaurant. Mac and cheese here will cost you 60,000 VND ($2.50 USD) but even cheaper are some of the local dishes. The restaurant is good whether you’re there for a full meal, a quick bite or even just a coffee. Try the egg coffee – surely a unique taste!
Restaurant Ichi provides a little Japan at the center of Dalat. The menu is small, giving chefs the breathing space to make food to perfection. Make sure to order a generous options of dishes such as the edamame, katsudon and the spicy tuna rolls. Despite being a little on the pricey side, it’s worth for a try. You have better book in advance because the place can get quite full. Choose to sit downstairs – you’ll have front row seats to watch the chefs in action.
Another luxurious French restaurant that occupies the grandest of dining rooms and a spectacular terrace looking down on the lakeshore is Le Rabelais at the Dalat Palace Hotel.
It’s the perfect option for a night of celebration, where you will be surrounded by glamorous interiors and attentive staff who will treat you like royalty. Must-try dishes include steamed lobster in chilli orange sauce and grilled shrimp with creamy fresh leek and vanilla sauce. Set dinner menus are priced from 1,300,000 VND ($56 USD), which isn’t too bad for such a fancy place. Dress well.
Café de la Poste
Right the opposite side of Dalat’s main post office, an ideal choice if you’re looking to try some French cuisine (but it does lean slightly on the expensive side), that’s it, Café de la Poste. The building and its setup are very typical French – charming, and with a good choice of wine.
There is a breakfast buffet every day with an assortment of bread, cheeses and wine, which will set you back 1,100,000 VND ($47 USD). If that’s too much, just order from their a-la-carte menu that includes dishes like quiche, pasta and steak. In addition to French dishes, you can find Vietnamese, Australian and American cuisine here.
Ganesh Fine Indian Cuisine
Established in 1999, Ganesh is a popular restaurant chain found throughout Vietnam. With a menu having mostly northern Indian dishes, we recommends you stick to two appetizers (samosas and tandoori fish), a curry (the butter chicken is out of this world), a mutton biryani and two lachha parathas for two people. Tackle this meal with a salty lassi and you’ll find yourself redefining what it means to be full.
Góc Hà Thành
In a small and intimate space with wooden walls and furniture, Góc Hà Thành provides a great place for authentic Vietnamese dishes. The layout is made to look like a countryside home. The menu is one of the best in town, and none of the dishes can be singled out as lacking.
Order a large spread of dishes and eat family style. We recommends the coconut curry chicken, stir-fried morning glory, fresh spring rolls, and the caramelised fish in clay pot. To go with it, get some rice wine, which is also home-made and notoriously strong (yet goes down quite smoothly). If you’re going to drink a bunch, make sure to call a Grab instead of driving yourself.