There’s no best way to experience Hanoi, but through its gastro delights. With all the spectacular temples to feast your eyes on, I’m sure that your appetite will also have its own share of treats. Vietnamese, French, American, Japanese, name it! They have the authentic flavors to make your trip hit close to home, especially if you’re looking for the best places to eat sushi in Hanoi.
If you want to start your food trip in the capital with a Japanese buzz, you shouldn’t miss the mouth-watering sushi. Aside from being a trademark food of Japan, sushi also reflects artistry and connoisseur. Here are the top choices for this foodie:
1. Sushi Dokoro Yutaka
Many tourists can’t help but say that Sushi Dokoro is the best Japanese restaurant in town. You should try their very affordable bento boxes as well as their authentic sushi and sashimi selections of either eel or tuna. The place is small but not short of appetizing lunches as well as a combination of Vietnamese food if ever you want some.
They give free miso soup while you wait at the bar as they prepare your order. The place is not actually grand outside, but once you enter, you’ll be transported to Japan. It can be crowded during meal times so I suggest that you time your visit during quieter hours.
If you’re planning to drop by, the place is located at Tay Ho District, the same place where the Tran Quoc Pagoda is situated.
2. The Sushi Club
Another food gem in the West Lake is The Sushi Club. The place is exquisite and offers contemporary Japanese food that includes their famous sushi. If you happen to pass by at lunchtime, you can try their limited-time offers that have a plateful of sashimi and sushi.
Aside from this, they also have a fine selection of light booze including top shelf Japanese wine and cocktails. Of course, the traditional Sake is always on the menu.
If you want to pig out on their sumptuous sushi, you should catch their “All You Can Eat Sushi Brunch” every 11 am to 2 pm of Sundays. I advise that you make an early reservation because, you know, good food is a box office hit.
Anyway, if you’re staycationing in your hotel within the 3km radius of The Sushi Club, you can avail their free home delivery with at least $7 purchase. But if you’re in Ciputra area, you should purchase at least $14. Anyway, it’s one of the best places to eat sushi in Hanoi. A couple of bucks won’t hurt.
3. Kimono Japanese Restaurant
Lunch is the best meal of the day to spend in Kimono Japanese Restaurant with their eat-all-you-can sushi buffet for just around $14. The moment you sat at the bar, you’ll realize why this place landed on the best places to eat sushi in Hanoi. Also, you’ll be treated with their relaxing Japanese tea, with the staff topping it as soon as you finish.
The chefs are friendly and the upscale design of the place is awesome. Their sushi is truly authentic with all its natural colors adorning your plate. A plus point is their staff explaining what’s on your table.
Kimono Sushi is near the Hoan Kiem Lake.
4. Azuma Japanese Restaurant
If you want a superbly upscale place to enjoy your sushi, my best pick is Azuma. Its classy interior can accommodate 100 people not mentioning their VIP rooms, teppanyaki bar, and of course, the elegant sushi bar.
They have sushi varieties like salmon, tuna roll, California slender roll, and assorted bowl if you want a taste of everything.
They have “Dishes of the Month” which is a nice pick if you can’t decide which one to order with your sushi. Anyway, they have the Japanese Weekend Buffett that gives you all access to their sushi selections, sashimi, Yakin Iku, hotpot, and more. Take note that this is applicable to lunch and dinner only and costs around $15 – not bad for the food and aesthetics.
Azuma is located at the Lake Side Hotel in Ngoc Khanh, Ba Dinh. You’re lucky if you’re staying here since you can binge eat all the Japanese offers. It’s the reasons why Azuma is listed in this places to eat sushi in Hanoi.
5. Daikon Foods
If you happen to wander in the Somerset West Lake, make sure to have sushi at Daikon Foods. Though their sushi selections are not as big as other restaurants, tourists still find this as their go-to haven when they’re craving for the Japanese delight.
Their Unagi Bento is popular and one of the favorites of customers together with sushi. The place is quite small but the atmosphere is more of a relaxing cafeteria. If you’re planning to visit with your car, I suggest that you advise them ahead to know if there’s available parking. During peak hours, cars tend to cramp up on the sides of the establishment.
Daikon is just a single-storey restaurant at Thuy Khue but the price is worth it for the taste of their food. Just avoid dining between 7 pm to 8 pm because it’s buzzing with sushi-hungry people.
6. Khang Japanese Restaurant
One of the humble places to eat sushi in Hanoi, Khang is the fusion of Vietnamese and Japanese culture. Although the majority of the staff are locals, they still offer the best sushi you can ever find in Hanoi. You can eat here five to ten times and still find their flavor consistent. You can sit at the bar and savor your fresh sushi and sashimi. When you decide to add another food, make sure to follow it up since the stream of customers can drown your order.
Nevertheless, their interior is charming and the fact that they always serve fresh wasabi seals the deal for me. Considering its location and food taste, the price is reasonably cheap at around $14 for a hearty meal. The sushi is always fresh so I think 14 bucks is easy to put on the table.
Khang is near Vincom Tower. Remember to take your shoes at the entrance, a little bit of Japanese culture here.
7. Fresh Sushi
Well, this Japanese restaurant leaves up to its name: “Fresh”. You just have to walk on the Hoan Kiem District Night Market along the Beer Street. You’ll not find the walk boring since the place is buzzing with shopping people and you can make small purchases on your way here.
Fresh Sushi is not a grand restaurant and the place can be “squeezy” during peak hours. Endure this little sacrifice and I promise that you’ll crave for their sushi every time. It melts in the mouth and their sashimi is buttery smooth. The best part is that a piece of sushi is just worth 50 US cents!
The selection is not that big but the few available sushi is able to satisfy the taste buds of many tourists. You can pair it with their miso soup or another Japanese food to make the most of your visit.
Vietnam’s capital is a stir of culture where you can find your taste no matter how rare it is. With these seven best places to eat sushi in Hanoi, I’m sure that your Japanese taste buds are more than satisfied. Regardless if you’re eating on a budget or enjoying a lavish vacation, you can have your own fix.
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