In every popular Asian city you will find a backpacker's quarter - and in Hue this would be the area around Pham Ngu Lau Street. The street is lined with backpacker hotels, cafes, pubs and restaurants. It is not as chaotic as Khao San Road in Bangkok - and is actually a very pleasant street with colourful signages and cool people. Here you will also find one of the most popular restaurants in Hue - La Carambole.
La Carambole serves French and local Vietnamese food. It is very popular with travelers as well as locals - and booking is recommended. When we got there in the early evening there were already a few big tables of local diners having a great time. The cafe is very charmingly decorated with wood paneled ceiling and colourful lanterns.
Having had our fill of Vietnamese food in the last 2 days - we decided to go Western. The cheese and ham sandwich was good - but not as good as the Banh Mi we had on the street unfortunately.
The steak frites was good - with tender pieces of beef. The fries were a bit disappointing though - they looked and tasted like supermarket fries.
The best dish was the beef stew which was very flavourful.