Directions: On the North side of Truc Bach lake.Phone: (+84) (0)24 37162959
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Somebody wrote in an earlier review that the food here is on par with Indian food in London and Dubai. I find it hard to believe. I’ve never been to Dubai but the Indian food I had in London, ranging from mid-end to affordable local Indian restaurants, was nothing short of superb. Given the number of Indians and Pakistani in London and the availability of authentic ingredients there it’s just ridiculous to even compare Foodshop with the Indian restaurants in London.
That said, I have been a regular and pretty happy customer at this establishment. I have eaten or ordered delivery from here over 40 times if not more, and have never had a food poisoning case. They make excellent tandoori chicken at Foodshop, though the curries and nan are a bit lackluster compared to other Indian restaurants in town. I find it wrong to find beef at an Indian restaurant, but I guess some people are okay with this. Also, it is much better to dine in when the food is still hot, as the delivery time can make the dish much less tasty.
Their delivery service is quite good and they are on time for the most part. The food comes in plastic bags though which is not as appealing as the bowls Khazaana uses. The service for dining in is also quite good and I have never had any problem here. In short Foodshop 45 does not have the best or most authentic Indian food in Hanoi but it’s still very decent. I will certainly continue to use their service in the future.
As many others have noted, there's recently been a hefty price rise which makes Foodshop 45 a much less attractive proposition than it used to be. Prior to, it was worth visiting as it was 35-40% cheaper than the "real" Indian restaurants which have Indian owners/chefs, ie. Khazaana (before Gopi left and it was good), Tandoor (which has been rubbish for years) and of course the flagship Indian restaurant in town, Namaste.
These days, Foodshop 45's prices are on a par with Namaste's, but the curries simply don't come close. You've always had to know what to order at Foodshop 45, as a good 50% of the curries are bland - bland! bland curries! wtf? - the standout bland curry being the saag (spinach sauce) curry. When done well this can be amazing, but Foodshop 45's has the appearance and consistency of what you'd find in a soiled nappy, and it tastes of nothing. Which I guess is an improvement on what you'd find in a soiled nappy, but still. You get the point.
On the positive side, Foodshop 45's kebabs are good. In particular, the kalmi kebab is amazing. And some of their curries are decent. I generally order the kadhai curry, as I find it to be the most flavoursome. However, it doesn't even come close to the spice flavour complexity that you'd find in a curry from Namaste.
Yes, the service is decent and the owner, Hue, is perennially hospitable and charming. But I just can't justify visiting Foodshop 45 anymore when I can go to Namaste, pay pretty much the same money and get a far, far superior Indian cuisine experience.
Sorry Foodshop 45, but your recent price rise has pushed you into the Hanoi curry premier league, where you're hopelessly outcompeted by Namaste. You really need to think about going back to being the cheaper alternative, because you aren't going to win on quality.
I couldn't disagree more with people that review this place and not call it "real" Indian food or it's too pricey. Based on the fact that when I went 3 tables had Indian families eating would indicate the price and food isn't so bad. Based on my own opinion and that of my gf we were both pleased with the preparation, quality and taste. It had the right amount of spice and flavours that made me feel I was back touring thru India again. The price was ok by me as we had drinks, app, salad, kebab and side dish and the bill was under $15 usd. I'm not sure what others are used to paying but that was a good deal for the especially good meal. The staff speak good English and were very attentive, another plus in my opinion.
I really like this place.
Yesterday was my first visit to the actual restaurant, I normally get food delivered and the bags of curry when I first ordered was a bit of a shock but the food was hot, cheap and tasted great and the delivery guys are always friendly.
Being a Brit, curry is our national cuisine and this place don’t disappoint, I have had a few dishes I didn’t like, the Sag (Spinach) is blended and just plain wrong dammit and some curries are same same and not quite right IMHO (eg Rogan josh, where is the tomato?) but most of the other dishes I’ve tried are great especially the Samosas, Paneer Tikka Kabab, Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi and the Kadhai dishes (spicy apparently, but not to us Brits) curries, oh the Nans are not bad too.
I liked the decor and layout of the place and it has a great view looking on truc bach lake.
It’s nice to see where your delivery food comes from is a clean looking kitchen and no doubt in time I will work my way through the rest of the menu.
My Love affair with Foodshop 45 is over after 4 days on the bowl and almost a half stone in weight loss last week.I hadn't been this sick in almost ten years. I ate during lunch time and ordered the beef curry which came to the table too quickly. I remember thinking it tasted a bit off at the time but wasn't sure if it was my own taste buds! Within a couple of hours I was feeling very sick. I cannot help but wonder if they are re-heating meat from a night or 2 before that should be disposed of. How many reviews of food poisoning do they need to take it seriously and change whatever they are doing that's causing this?