Directions: At the metropolePhone: (+84) (0)24 3826 691
Swanky restaurant with great cocktails and a clientele dressed to impress. The staff is friendly and attentive, the decor is fantastic (if a bit over the top), and probably the most extensive liquor selection in town.
Yes, drinks are expensive, but what do you expect? You're at the Metropole!
In terms of food, I've only had the gnocchi, but it was perfectly prepared and delicious. I was a wee bit disappointment was that they did not have pisco (to make Pisco sours), but I often have to remind myself that we are in Vietnam after all.
Overall, Angelina is a great place to take out-of-town visitors for a decadent night out on the town.
Dinner for two here, including a decent wine, ran $230.
Without a reservation, we arrived too early (they don't serve until 6:30 and there were workmen trying to fix something, quite loudly) so we retired to the pool bar for well made cocktails. The staff said they'd reserve our table for us and the drinks bill transferred to the restaurant (insured by the waiter following us :)!)
We were surprised by the paucity of steak on the menu, and went with other dishes. For apps, I had the pearl barley soup, which was pretty good, but a very skimpy portion for $11 usd. My husband ordered mushrooms and received about a 1/2 kilo of them, way too much for a starter! For mains, I had the pork loin wrapped in parma ham, which had about 4 other additional flavors and textures, which seemed to be trying too much, but still tasted great. The husband had osso bucco, which he pronounced unimpressive. For dessert, he had white chocolate mousse (also unimpressive) and I had a cannolo (who knew that was the singular of cannoli), which was good, but not sweet enough and the filling lacked the right texture/consistency.
The servers were fine, but there were too many of them, and they all seemed slightly embarrassed to be working there. The atmosphere is top quality, but to me screams 1980s, early 1990s and feels super dated.
My wife and I decided to eat lunch here to celebrate an important date in our marriage. We were less than impressed.
First the good: the place is very well-decorated. It is chic and fashionable. I normally prefer blue-collar type restaurants but this restaurant was just right (in regards to design). Also, the staff was pretty good. They were quick and accommodating.
Unfortunately, that's where the "good" ends.
The pizza oven was down so that cut our options down by 25 percent. My wife ended up ordering minestrone soup and I got the maltagliati. The minestrone was bland; we honestly could have made a better version ourselves with canned soup. My maltagliati was cold and flavorless. Even the bell pepper spread for the bread was horrible. The food was out five minutes after we ordered, so I knew something would be wrong. But I didn't expect it to be that bad!
And even though I didn't have one, I noticed that soft drinks were 90k VND. How do you justify the mark-up on that?
So the two stars are for the design and the wait staff. I can't recommend this place unless you're looking for a place to sit down but not order any food.
If there were half-stars, I'd go two and a half but this place was really disappointing given all the hype - "One of only two truly Italian fine dining restaurants in Vietnam". Hmmm...The first problem was a complete lack of a wine pairing with the course menu we ordered. I realize they only have a few by-the-glass selections and this is Hanoi, but for the price, I'd really like to be able to just have a glass brought for each course instead of having to figure out on my own what might go best with each dish. Other places in town are doing it, so there is no excuse for this lack. Additionally, the whites were too cold and the red was a bit warm - obviously just being kept on a shelf instead a proper wine fridge.
Anyhow,they obviously use very high quality ingredients but the dishes were rather uninspired and heavy-handed. My lamb shank came with a few whole pitted olives...
The second floor is non-smoking but is completely open to the first floor which is smoking so as the night goes on, the second floor fills with smoke. A manager (?) said that they "try to inform customers of this but..."
In short, I have been much happier eating at any of the three major Italian restos. in town (Medi., Paolo, Luna)...Even Pan et Vino - whose food I wasn't that impressed with - does a better job with the wine.They need to emphasize "Lounge" in the name - trendy and overpriced lounge...