omih on The Hub Pub
November 16th, 2006 at 11:02 pm

Nice people eager to please and trying to make you evening as pleasant as possible.

The roof especially is a beautiful setting. I'd love to see this place build a big crowd because they've got a great place here.

I also haven't tried the food. Didn't seem like that kind of place. But had a great evening there.

omih on R&R Tavern
November 16th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

Love it. Still the best burger in town (ie they don't put fecking beetroot in it).

Kind of easy and laid back and the chilli is great too. Good spicy stuff, bland as Tex Mex stuff can be in this town.

It's great that they let their backroom be used my local musos - not so great when you have both the stereo playing and a band.

Oh and the fish and chips is huge. Honestly even the small one.

omih on Le Petit Bruxelles
November 16th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

Love it. Somehow manages to serve all the types of food that I miss the most when I'm in Hanoi.

I mean, big chunks of beef in beer. Lots of cheeses and the like. Great food - real depth of flavour.

Honestly you won't realise you're missing half the things they sell until you go there.

Not the cheapest but decent value for what you get. Tastewise it beats a lot of places more expensive than this.

nakji on Puku
November 14th, 2006 at 12:15 pm

When you walk in here for the first time, the smell will remind you of that awesome place you used to go when you were in university. I can't define exactly what it is - frying garlic mixed with baking muffins, and freshly roasted coffee. It smells like home. The menu has an assortment of sandwiches and comfort foods like bangers and mash. Teas and juices are also on offer. I feel like they fall down a little on the coffee - for instance cafe sua da is offered hot, with ice on the side - but maybe the point is that they don't do Vietnamese style coffee...nevertheless, my espressos there rarely have a decent crema on top.

Okay, but the point is not the coffee, I guess. Fresh baked cookies from the oven. Carrot cake. Eggs benedict with real hollandaise. Bangers with proper brown gravy. I haven't had a miss there on the food yet.

The real charm of this place, though, is the space. Two floors filled with natural light, comfy sofas and wifi, every time I go, almost all of the seats are filled with happy people napping, surfing, reading, or just lounging, like happy cats. It's hard to find a seat on Sunday, but it's where you want to be, so you're happy to share a big table and sofa with strangers.

nakji on Dan's
November 14th, 2006 at 12:01 pm

I don't understand the popularity of this place. I'm always disappointed with everything I order here. The steakburger is a pallid, thin piece of overcooked meat on a sad little bun. Their lasagne is straight out of the freezer, and unpleasantly goopy. They never remember to give forks or tomato sauce when you order for delivery, and once I ordered fried rice -they threw it in the styrofoam container right away, and it melted through and spilled half the contents into the plastic bag. When I pointed it out to the delivery guy, he just shrugged. Nevertheless, it's always busy. I don't get it.

nakji on Bia Minh
November 14th, 2006 at 11:55 am

Cheap and cheerful! Great Vietnamese dishes, cold beer, and if you get there while they still have Halida on tap, incredibly cheap. A fun place to sit on the patio and watch the backpackers schlump by. Even better for watching the chaos caused in traffic when the dump trucks come to clear out the market garbage at night. Even if you've only been once or twice, Minh remembers your face. I always take visitors here.

nakji on Au Delice
November 14th, 2006 at 11:50 am

The lunch set here is good value, as you get three courses for 69,000. The food was good, but unimaginative - I ordered a goat-cheese salad as a starter, and it was the same as the side salad with the main dish. They even forgot to put the goat cheese on, so I sent it back. I also had to send back my main course, as I had ordered a steak and sundried tomato wrap. I got a steak frites. Fearing I'd be charged for a more expensive dish, I sent it back. The waitress blamed it on a miscommunication in the kitchen. When she brought it back to the kitchen, I could hear her bollocking the kitchen staff in Vietnamese. Amusing, but it did nothing for the atmosphere. The same steak came back, wrapped loosely in nem wrappers, wrapped around some sundried tomatoes, and deep-fried to leather consistency.

My husband's duck was fine, though, although his asparagus salad was the same as the goat cheese salad...

The atmosphere was empty and echoing at lunch. Service was a definite miss the day I was there.

nakji on Khazaana Indian Halal Restaurant
November 14th, 2006 at 11:37 am

Their Thali is one of the best deals in town, as you get two full curries when you get delivery. Feeds two (well - in some houses).

Their in-house is great, too. I believe they're also halal. A hard thing to find in Hanoi.

nakji on Stop Cafe
November 14th, 2006 at 11:33 am

Stop Cafe is one of my go-to restaurants when I can think of what I want or where I want to go. Their bread is the best in town, in my humble opinion. Their BLT is stellar, and their parma ham pizza has made converts of friends who previously swore by Luna. I like their Hanoian platter, with the caramel pork (no scary chewy bits! Pure meat!) with papaya salad on the side. It's the sort of place that I have five or so dishes that I love equally, and can never decide which one I want to choose. The interior feels like it grew there organically, and the service is warm and low-key.

nakji on Vine Restaurant & Wine Bar
November 14th, 2006 at 11:24 am

Absolutely the place for a special occasion. The service hits the right note - you feel special, but not hovered-over. The wine list is extensive, but not intimidating. There's a wide range of prices and selections. Their menu is the same - you can try the seasonal menu with wine-pairings, or go for one of their "gourmet" (California style)pizzas.The prices are reasonable for the quality of food on offer. This kind of dining would cost you twice or three times as much in another city. Take advantage of it while you're here!

nakji on Rider Cafe
November 14th, 2006 at 11:18 am

Great iced coffee with ample sweet milk. The toasted bagel is a good deal, and comes with enough butter and cream cheese on the side to have it slathered and dripping. I always feel relaxed here.

nakji on Highlands Coffee - Hoan Kiem Lake
November 14th, 2006 at 11:14 am

I've also had hard cake - at the Highlands in Vincom towers.Their Vietnamese coffee cheesecake is solid, though. I've had it at two or three locations. It's not NY cheesecake, but it was delicious on its own merits.

I hate how smoky this location is. The cigarette smoke seems to hang in the air.

nakji on Cafe Tara
November 14th, 2006 at 11:10 am

The interior has been restored, and it's quite lovely inside. The lunch buffet has standard Vietnamese dishes, but not changed for tourists' tastes - for example, the Banana Flower salad comes with sliced pigs ears, making it packed with locals at lunch time.

CarltheGecko on Finnegan's Irish Pub
November 13th, 2006 at 12:57 pm

The owner, Moon, is one of the friendliest people behind a bar in town! She's recently started up a full three-course Sunday roast dinner -- soup, three meats with roast veggies and gravy, and apple crumble for dessert -- for $10, which, let's face it, is slightly pricey, but you didn't hear me complaining as I licked my plate clean... comfort food is worth it!

Now, if a bunch of us can only convince her to restart the Thursday Pub Quiz night, things will be golden. Trivia fans out there, back me up...

CarltheGecko on Foodshop 45
November 13th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

The new location is definitely popular, if the lunchtime and Saturday night crowds are any indication... the lake view is just perfect, either during the day or at night.

Food-wise, the vindaloo, tikka masala, and paneer butter masala all stand out. They've also just introduced a "Nano Wrap" for lunch/delivery, which at 45,000 for a GIANT roll is a steal.

Definitely #1 in town for Indian in my book. (closely followed by Khazaana, though...)

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de2facon on The Hub Pub
November 2nd, 2006 at 10:16 am

A comfortable venue with a variety of internal 'settings' courtesy of an excellent layout with each section providing a somewhat different atmosphere. The balcony and patio areas are great for views of the main street and the pubs near Bao Kanh. The beer/drink selection was very good. Have not yet tried the food.Seems the pub may have had a different name. Worth visiting.

hanoian on Chim Sao
October 27th, 2006 at 11:37 am

good one but quite expensive

bluecat on Restaurant Bobby Chinn
October 26th, 2006 at 8:55 am

I was homesick one day and stopped by to see what all the fuss is about. Had a great mac and cheese casserole for 5$ worth every penny- it was early and I was alone so the p retentious stuff didn't kick in. But would go back for the mac and cheese.

bluecat on Paris Deli (Phan Chu Trinh)
October 26th, 2006 at 7:55 am

Lovely desserts but terrible drinks. I ordered a martini and got sweet vermouth warm and had to ask for gin!!

boyfriend on Amazon Bar
October 21st, 2006 at 6:04 pm

...another noisy place crowded with drunken expats...