Travel Guide Book VIETNAM and South-East ASIA: “Highly recommended is the garden setting at Tinh Gia Vien known for serving dishes in the traditional style of Hue’s imperial court. Master chef Madame Ha’s artisitc presentation of the food is reason enough to visit. Execellent set-course meals cost US$ 10, 12, 15 person”.
The authenticity of the royal taste is revived at the renowned Tinh Gia Vien restaurant.Come to Tinh Gia Vien and dine in the bonsai garden setting. ll dishes are prepared under the personnal and expert supervision of Madame Ha, a descendant of the royal family. Madame Ton Nu Ha won the Ministry of industry’s “Golden hands” Award in 2003.
Tinh Gia Vien, Hue Tinh Gia Vien’s gracious hostess, Madame Ha, has created a garden oasis, with 185 species of plants and flowers, 400 bonsai trees, and a fabulous misting waterfall. What is so special about her food? Presentation, Presentation, Presentation. All of her traditional Hue food is elegantly and colorfully presented, much in the form of animals. Order Dance of the Phoenix and a plate of a giant cucumber bird, resting on a nest of noodles, with a pate plume, appears at your table. Green Papaya with Lemon in the Form of a Dragon comes complete with menacing red pepper eyes and tongue. The more subdued Elephant arrives with carrot ears, cucumber tusks, pate head and body, properly dressed in a rice paper crepe. These designs are brilliant, delicious, and great fun as well. Frivolity does not mean free, however. The Imperial Meal Set Menu, including drink, costs about $17 per person. Madame Ha will tell you that the first owner of her villa was a princess, and that the grounds house a special Mai plant that is 150 years old, and a longevity plant, of 200 years old. In fact, her garden is featured in a tourism brochure of royal gardens. And Madame Ha herself? Well, her full name is Ton Nu Thi Ha. Ton Nu literally translates to “family of the king.” Hmm, going from not being able to eat Hue food unless you are a member of the royal family to being able to try Hue food today, to being served Hue food by a descendant of the royal family. Really moving up in the ranks on this trip, aren’t we ?