Restaurants at Hanoi not to miss?
Prepare for a very unbiased and biased mixed list based on personal demand and taste of choice!
Hanoi isn’t short of gastro delights. From the bowl of Pho in the streets to fine dining offers, every meal is worth the dollar. Hanoi best restaurants are hard to rank since many stands out with their culinary prowess. But with the help of tourists who had taken their meals to these places, I had listed these top 10 restaurants that you should consider for your lunch or dinner.
1. JW Café
Located on the ground floor of the JW Marriott Hotel, JW Café lives up to the sophistication of the place. It has an international menu consisting local Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Japanese. They also have five live-cooking counters distributed among their five country flavors.
The food costs around US$24.4 to US$50. It depends on the buffet menu that you’ll choose. They have the typical breakfast-lunch-dinner set as well as weekend dinner, Sunday brunch, Sea Food Buffet, and Ala carte menu. The availability of these menus varies so it’s advisable to call the café first.
Interior-wise, JW Café is an elegant mix of warm yellow and orange chandeliers and leather seats. I suggest that you reserve a table near their glass wall facing the lake and a Buddhist temple. If you’re from Hoan Kiem, it’s a 30-minute drive.
2. Home Vietnamese Restaurant
If not for its authentic Vietnamese food, you’ll forget that you’re actually in a Hanoi restaurant. The place exudes of the 1930s French look with a view of the Truc Bach Lake. Aside from the cuisines, they also have local and imported wines and cocktails on their regularly updated menu.
Along the classy gourmet are the local delights like Pho and spring rolls. Their food offers change seasonally to feature regional dishes and fusion of foreign flavors.
The restaurant is spacey and has a nice ambiance. If it isn’t too sunny or rainy, you can reserve a table outside to enjoy the French vibe. Prices are usually around US$11 and you don’t have to dress up fancy for the place.If you’re visiting, this spot is at Chau Long Street near the Tran Quoc Pagoda.
3. Red Bean Restaurant
Red Bean is the fusion of Western and local flavors with its menu including a Vietnamese Set, Red Bean Set, Vegetarian Set, Western Set, and dessert and appetizer varieties. Their name “Red Bean” symbolizes the daily ingredient of Vietnamese food and the locals love on making exquisite dishes. Another good thing about this Hanoi best restaurants pick is they can cater your dietary requirements; you just have to inform them upon reservation.
You shouldn’t miss the fresh seafood dishes and the local favorite banana lead. Prices here range from US$12.3 to US$30 per person on a menu set. They also offer several food tours for a reasonable price, so if you want to taste the street staples, you can book one.
They have a “Happy Hour” from 4 pm to 6 pm daily where you can buy drinks and snacks cheaper than the usual prices.The interior is modern, cozy, and a bit fancy. If you want to try their dishes, they’re located at the Ma May Street, Old Quarter.
4. Hanoi Food Culture
Another find in the Old Quarter, Hanoi Food Culture specializes in the local flavors of Hanoi with its wide gourmet selections. Their ingredients come from the local products of fish, vegetables, and meet so you’re sure that everything here is fresh.
They also have a full bar to top your food choice with wines, cocktails, juices, or beers. This you can enjoy while grilling chicken and herbs on a clay pot. The staffs are friendly and they’ll prepare the set for you. Aside from all these, what you shouldn’t miss is the famous egg coffee that is best found in the Old Quarter.
If you’re seating outside, you can also enjoy their little garden. They’re at Phat Loc Street and open from 9 am to 11 pm.
5. French Grill
French Grill is one of the Hanoi best restaurants at the JW Marriott Hotel. They serve authentic French dishes as well as offer a seafood bar, wine cellar, and private dining rooms. It has an open kitchen that you can enjoy for a maximum price of US$40.
Their famous dishes include lobster in puff pastry, Merri Valley Lamb garnished with eggplants and lentils, ice drop dessert, and more. If you happen to visit on a Saturday night, you’ll be treated to a live music performance.This place is upscale with glittering chandeliers and fine dining. It’s located at Tu Liem District which is a 10-minute stroll from the National Convention Center.
6. Ngon Villa Restaurant
The French influence had lingered on Vietnam and Ngon Villa is one proof to that. Situated in a French building, Ngon boasts a unique menu with three tiers depending on their customers’ budget. The restaurant isn’t as upscale than the French Grill and is more like a tapas place.
Price starts at US$3.5 dollars on the cheapest tier while the most lavish costs around US$11. Depending on your choice, you can taste the local street food in an international standard. Their best-sellers are the bun cha and green papaya salad.Ngon focuses on pure Vietnamese cuisines and the centuries-old culture of Hanoi. You can visit their 1889-built villa at Tong Duy Tan Street at Hoan Kiem District or book on their website.
If you just want to relax by the Hoan Kiem Lake, the S’Patiserrie is your coziest choice. It’s French-inspired with a lot of cakes and desserts to choose from. They also have teas but all of it is sweetened too. If you want a sugar free drink, you can order a regular tea without the sugar serving.
It’s advisable to stop by during their Happy Hours from 4 pm to 6 pm every day to enjoy their buy-take-one cake offers plus 10% off for your drinks. You can try their Red Velvet Cake and a Tropical Mint Tea Punch. It’s a perfect combo, I promise.S’Patiserrie is actually located in Silk Path Hotel Hanoi at Hang Khay and you can have a filling snack for just US$9.
8. Thang Long Deli Restaurant
For a taste of traditional Hanoi cuisine, you can try having lunch at Thang Long Restaurant. They’re located at the Hang Bon Street in Old Quarter which you might pass through during your mid day shopping.
You can choose from their combo menu if you’re going in a group: Hanoi Combo Family, Dai La Combo, and Thang Long combo. But if you’re alone, you can order on the ala carte menu. They also have a nice wine and cocktail list.This is one of the upscale Hanoi best restaurants so you have to dress accordingly.
9. The Gourmet Corner Restaurant
Vegetarian food is the specialty of this restaurant, perfect if you’re a fitness buff. Though all-veggies, they make sure that it’s not going to be left out on delicious flavors. Aside from the local delights, their menu is also infused with Japanese and Italian classics.
Their specialties are affordable for just US$5-7 dollars with your choice of wine or cocktail. A five-star chef prepares their menu so five bucks are really cheap. If you want to visit, you can find them on the top floor of La Siesta Diamond Hotel at Lo Su Street in Hoan Kiem District.How’s a fine dinner with a view of the sunset at the lake?
10. Marvel Restaurant
Located on the sixth floor of the Marvellous Hotel at the Old Quarter, Marvel Restaurant is a tourist’s convenient escape from the city noise. Their bun cha is one of the must-tries among other local cuisines.
They have three Vietnamese menu sets, where one is a vegetarian type. Aside from this, they also have the restaurant staple Western set in three kinds on which mostly are made of salads and soups. If you lunch between 11 am to 2pm, you can avail their special offer of buy 1 set and get 1 free for just US$15.7. It can be one Vietnamese and one Western set.
You can make an inquiry or visit them at the Duong Thanh Street.
Aside from destinations, food is also a form of tourism. With all the flavors and creative fusion of the locals, these Hanoi best restaurants are worth the try. It’s understandable that some flavors might not please your foreign tongue, but I’m, sure that you can find your favorites here.
Have you tried any of these places? Let us know your experience!
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