Directions: 3 blocks north of Hoan Kiem Lake (just pastPhone: 0912223966
Số 12, Ngõ 8, Nguyễn Thị Định, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
“I taught there for 3 months then they didn't have much class to offer because it was Lunar Tet Holiday. I like the staffs there, they are helpful.”
Where does one begin exactly with a place like this? OK let's look at the menu:
For all the stalwarts of My Burger My, you will be pleased to see that the burgers and Mexican food are still on offer, which will come as a relief, phew! There are also many new additions and not least worth mentioning are the pizzas. I had the good fortune to try one tonight (sausage, mushroom and green pepper) and it was simply divine. As I sat there eating it, watching the people pass by on Hang Be, I could not help but wonder if I had finally found the Holy Grail of pizza. I know as I write some of you will have doubts as it is hard to have faith in such a miracle of gastronomy when we know that we live in SE Asia. Oh Yee of little faith, you must pick up your ass and discard that piece of cardboard you have been used to chewing from other places and let the light of the succulent pizza base guide you. Do not fear, I promise you that salvation is at hand. Daniel has cracked it and the pizza is just the right consistency to excel at pleasing the majority of tastes.
Of course, that being said, you cannot please all the people all of the time, otherwise, we would all be good pizza-fearing Christians. Nevertheless, I believe that this place has some type of food to suit everyone's tastes and not at a price that will break the bank either!
Now onto the ambience mes chers amis or maybe that should be amigos. There is a theme, in case you had not guessed from the name outside but I will let you go look that one up for yourself. And just in case you were still having some doubts (this is a theme) the barman is half Cuban. I think they shipped him in especially just to please you girls. I am patiently waiting for the Latina dancing girls but no promises have been made as yet but I am working on it boys.
The 3 floors are tastefully done with a great deal of thought having gone into every small detail. It is hard to believe they have not even been open a week yet and it is running so well. Most places get bitched about within the first 5 minutes so it is a pleasure to have such a great place on a main street with wonderful food, excellent atmosphere and affordable prices. Well done guys and all the best of luck!
Been meaning to write a review of new incarnation of My Burger Mỹ for a while now and as an infamous burger chain jingle goes, “I’m loving it”.
¡Provecho! epitomises a place to hang out at when out and about in the Old Quarter and in need of refugee from the traffic, heat and craziness.
The owners and staff are warm, friendly & chatty and make you feel really welcome and even though it is above all a restaurant, I love the bar area and even though it could with being a bit bigger I can see it has been designed to maximise space for customers and have space for an open kitchen which is great to see them preparing food.
It’s great to sit at the bar chatting to Dan and “Tom” the barkeep and any regulars that pop it from time to time or to go upstairs and sit on the balcony and watch the world go by. They have a great selection of top shelf booze including Maker’s Mark which is one of the best bourbons IMHO. You definitely need to try the home made brew in the massive jars behind the bar; I recommend the pineapple concoction, my favourite!
Now onto the food, the vast majority of the food is great (especially the pizzas, burgers and nachos) but on a few occasions the food lacks a little something something, maybe when Dan (the owner) is not in the kitchen cooking or overseeing and sometimes food can take a short while to appear but that is a rare thing.
This is my goto place in the OQ if I want a good lunch, meetup with friends or stop for a quick beer and the delivery service is great too.
BTW the glass table on the balcony was my idea :)
If Provecho were a mixture of bars and restaurants from movies and TV shows, it would be one part Shenanigans, one part Cheers and a whole lotta Ricks Café Americain (though one would be shocked SHOCKED to find gambling going on in this establishment).
First the food; the menu has a feel of an Applebee’s or Chili’s, but unlike the corporate chain American family restaurants, Provecho’s menu has a soul and creativity. Pick something on the menu, anything, you will probably like it. Here are some specifics, the burgers; best in town, no question, they remind me of the fourth of July. The pizza; damn good and made the way you like it. The chili; It’s spicy and served with tortillas and rice. The spicy chicken wings; not exactly buffalo style, but as close as you are going to get in Hanoi. The Laab; so delicious it needs to be in a bigger portion. The Torta; wonderfully spicy and delicious. The Bali chicken; explodes with more flavors than your mouth can handle.
Second, the bar; while the bar has some drawbacks, its pros vastly outweigh its cons. It has a great variety of beers and liquors (at least for Hanoi) including some of their own concoctions. It has an excellent bartender who will call you “boss” and tell you jokes. It has a small balcony overlooking the bar with a couch where you can hang out with a date and people watch (but get there early because this place is usually occupied). The bar itself is well stocked with numerous mainstream liquors of all descriptions, as well as some tasty concoctions Dan has come up with. If you sit in the bar area, you will be able to talk not only to the bartender, but also to Dan and Lai who can provide you with everything from life saving advice to good conversation to useless but interesting facts.
Finally the atmosphere; It is a very friendly place to go, where everybody really does know your name. They have couches to sprawl out on, tables to converse at and a balcony overlooking Hang Be where you can watch the action or have a chat with patrons of the Aubergine café next door. Like Shenanigans, it has a bunch of crazy sh*t on the walls and reminds you of home while not going overboard. You are also bound to run into some hardened expats, with whom interesting conversations should occur. Provecho also provides you access to true color tours, the best tour agency in Hanoi for visa issues… but that is another review entirely.
So why, you may ask, only give four stars? Well there are a few issues; first the prices have gone up, nothing too bad but still a bit of a problem. Second it would be nice if the bar had a bit more room to roam around in. Third there are some small issues with the food, especially the new stuff, for example the pepperoni could have been crispy instead of chewy. Fourth, some of the seats are not as comfortable as I had hoped. It is a bit difficult to eat at the bar and the balcony because of leg placement (as other reviewers have noted). Fifth, some of the new waitstaff seem confused. Finally the name, while it is a good name and makes sense (it is the “bon appetite” of the Spanish speaking world) people unfamiliar with the Spanish language are going to ask about the name and I am going to get sick of overhearing them asking about it.
All this being said; Dan and Lai are constantly taking patron recommendations into account. In fact, they have already installed a new see-through bar on the balcony. This provides you with a better view of the action on Hang Be.
If you haven’t tried Provecho yet, do yourself a favor and swing by. It could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
I have been waiting a long while for these guys to open up something larger than My Burger. They finally did and I think that it is a winner. There are still great burgers here like at the old spot but they have expanded their Mexican (I think it is the best around) and also added yummy pizzas (generous and cheesy with enough sauce to taste) and some Asian food too. My favorite addition is the bar, it has all the good stuff and the bartender is very skillful. It looks like their balcony overlooking Hang Be street is fast becoming one of the popular meeting and hangout spots in the Old Quarter.
They are new and sometimes there is a glitch or two but they always seem to take care of that and I think that they should get a lot of credit for such an ambitious operation. There is something here for almost everyone and to do that so well is quite an accomplishment. You can see by the open kitchen and the condition of the place in general that these people care and run a clean establishment. Fair prices and ample portions for tasty food are a winning combination for me.
Not only will I be a regular here, I am afraid that the pizza is so addicting that I will also be on their delivery list quite often. Try it if you haven't yet.
While they were mentioning to me about their intentions of moving and increasing the menu, pizza was mentioned and I dropped to my knees and begged Daniel to start making some "real" pizza. Low and behold he has done that better than I could have ever expected. For that I am so thankful that words cannot describe it.
I like the design of the place. As mentioned the staff (well the whole place) is still "finding their legs" but that being said the service was good. The balcony is a nice place to sit and eat while watching the world below. The downstairs bar is also nice as you get to watch them make your food, which is something I enjoy.
However I do have one complaint. The menu has been enlarged with some many tempting dishes that I will have to go and eat there too often in order to try all of the delicacies. It is a tall order but I think my stomach and I agree that it will be well worth it.