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“Excellent food- skip the cooking class”

Red Bridge Restaurant and Cooking School
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Hoi An Culinary Tour and Cooking Class with River Cruise
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“Excellent food- skip the cooking class”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

The food is excellent- freshly prepared with fresh herbs and attentive service in a beautiful setting.You can arrive by their boat or by taxi- take the boat if you have not been out into the river
The cooking school was just awful- We had high expectations having taken classes (small intintimate ones) in cambodia and Thailand so we are experienced in this. The class started in town with a "tour" of the market which was poorly done- the guide bought things for her baby and explained a few things when asked and then "stopped" to explain knives and spices with a vendor and tried to get the class to buy them. Honestly-
The same spices were not used at all in the class later which might have made it more palatable. One the 20 person class was shuttled onto an awaiting ferry (after waiting for them to congregate and the French ones to put out thei cigarettes) we took a 30 minute ferry to the location which is the same as the restaurant.(lovely) However we then could "order" a drink and we mulled around until we walked through the herb garden which is about 10 patches around the place with the usual herbs- nice smelling but no explanation of how they are used. We then went to the "classroom" where all 20 or so sat on chairs with out menu- they showed us with one chef (of course you could not see but had to watch through an overhead mirror) and then we were coraled to the stations where the gestapo chefs in about 1 minute of less for each dish let us practice what was already prepared (meaning mix it together) and then we quickly ate that (at our seats) and then jumped (like cattle being proded) to move onto the next item. We did three thngs in about 40 minutes- made a rice cake, a pancake anda spring roll. We then went back the the restaurant for dinner- (and of course drink menus) and after eating the prior thingd we really did not want to sit and eat with a bunch of tourists so we stayed but it just go weirder and weirder so we called a taxi and left ahead of the group
Insist on a cooking class with no more than 6 - we did not know this and felt like hostages at this class

Visited April 2012
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“Education and fun at the same time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

A great trip, coffee at their cafe, a market tour, 30 minute boat trip, 1 and half hour class followed by an excellent lunch---all for 26 USD; quite unbelievable! Very professional in terms of the cooking class, we had to watch the very sarcastic chef prepare the dishes 1st, then we got our own stove to do it ourselves---all whilst larking around having a great time. Cant remember all the dishes but 1 standout dish was the Hoi An pancakes; lovely crispy seafood filled beauties that were so delicious we couldn't wait to get to a restaurant that nite to try some. Beautiful location, nice restaurant for lunch and all the staff we came into contact with were so friendly yet well-trained, I could not believe we were in Vietnam. Highly recommended, and a special tip-the same owner has the best wine bar in Vietnam in the centre of the town, WHITE MARBLE---over 12 wines by the glass served with some fabulous tapas-style food.

Visited March 2012
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“We absolutely loved it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

We did the half day class and we had such a great day! We started off walking through the markets with the head chef telling us what everything is and how it all works and giving us tips, he is very funny and entertaining. Then we took a boat ride to the restaurant and had a look at their herb garden and then started the cooking. We learnt so much and the meals were delicious. I would certainly recommend this class to anyone coming to Hoi An

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“What a fantastic day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

I took the full day course at the school. The max was 8 persons, for about $45. Wgat a great day. The chef took us on a very informative walking touor of the organic garde, then into the farmer's market to buy what we were going to cook, and then to the school itself.
The price includes all tour wine, beer or pop BTW, and we certainly drank our money's worth in an excellent Cahrdonnay.
The course is full hands on, with each of us making our own meal. I can't wait to go home and try my new dishes.
An hour of leisure afterwards lingering over our meal and enjoying the company of 7 new friends completed my day.

Visited March 2012
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“Overpriced and disappointing...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

We booked the full day cooking class.

First we started with 1 hour late, the garden visit was nice but you can go by yourself. Arrived to the red bridge we started cooking, in fact just cutting the ingredients :( "the chief" made all the plate.

They planed two all day class the same day, one in the morning and the other on the afternoon so they just expulse us from the kitchen before we finished our meals.

Paying 45$ for each person we were expecting something very different. We didn't recommend this cooking class at all.

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