leeman on Press Club, Hanoi
January 31st, 2015 at 8:26 am

The pizzas are great, the buy-one-get-one was a nice deal, but they now changed this to buy-2-get-one, difficult to devour 3 pizzas in a few days.... ;)

The seafood pizza is wonderful.....

Bring back the buy-one-get-one........

leeman on Saint Honore (Xuan Dieu)
January 31st, 2015 at 5:48 am

Would aggree with the others, I used to visit 2-3 times a week in 2013, then the portions became smaller prices went up and I've not returned, that was till last week. I orderd a tea that was 35k last year, 55k now, this price increase for H2O and a few tea leaves is well beyond reasonable. The expats have thined out in Hanoi, but the attempt to make-up for less customers by increasing prices will see your restuant fail, many examples of this all up and down Xuan Dieu..

leeman on Top Chef Cafe & Bakery, Restaurant& Bar
December 15th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Had dinner there over the weekend, WOW, this was great, the presentation was brilliant, as for taste, absolutely spot on. The prices are very reasonable and much more value than many restaurants of the same class.

Will return with more friends and recommend Top Chef to all....

leeman on Tacos - Fresh and More
March 3rd, 2014 at 2:26 am

Went there the other day for lunch, was a nice setting, small but nice. Ordered 2 tacos and the nachos, all were prepared well and with nice ingredients, the home made hot sauce was very nice. Will return when the desire for tacos returns..

leeman on Viet Fighter Gym
December 25th, 2013 at 8:59 am


Where to begin, the owner is a self absorbed tyrant not really interested in teaching a "whole" approach to fighting, seems only to be interested in his point of view. The gym itself is not well done, no towels no AC used makes it difficult to workout at times. Maybe that's why it's out of business??

Anyway, I'm a big guy at 1.79m & 110kg and not in this little owner guys weight class, if I were, would be fair to say he is in need of a lesson in manors and would teach him to respect others opinions about their own workouts.

Note to Long - winning a few local kickboxing events does not make you a tuff guy, you have a poor attitude and should not be an owner of a gym as you do not posses the intelligence to do so.

leeman on Gecko Cafe (Hang Trong)
September 20th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Went there a few weeks ago and asked for a mango shake, what I received was yogurt and water and maybe a spoon full of mango. At 45k for the shake I was not impressed and sent it back. Reluctantly I returned with an out of town friend as it was close to his hotel. This time I ordered an avocado shake and surprise surprise, yogurt and water and the same small amount of fruit, again I sent it back. At least their consistent, charging a premium for providing low quality products..

leeman on Vincom Mega Mall - Royal City
September 20th, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Review of the 45% price increase, not the actual bowling lanes. Went there a month ago during a weekday as the weekends are far too busy, anyway, on the first visit the price of 1 game of bowling was 35K VND, I thought a fair price. Returned 2 weeks ago and was surprised by the 45% price increase to 50k VND for 1 game of bowling. When asked about this increase, the staff of course had no reply. Although 50k is not much for a bit of fun once in a while, it is the 45% increase that I find unacceptable. Seems to be another poor management decision to profiteer from their customers or they did not estimate their costs correctly. Either way, not venturing back to bowl as often as I planned.

leeman on Club de l'Oriental
March 30th, 2013 at 9:32 am

Overall one of the most uninspiring meals I have ever had in Hanoi. Agree with others that the physical settings are very well cared for and presented, but the food is why people come, well, in this case the food was more than a disappointment…

We ordered 3 starters and 4 mains to share between four, the tiger prawns were 4 deep-fried medium sized shrimp not at all what the menu described. These were dreadful, dry, tasteless and an embarrassment to the restaurant, well maybe not, as they seem to be doing the same poor quality meals over and over again. The other 3 mains were just as poor quality and with respect to the portion size of all the four served, SMALL and certainly not value for the $$.

Agree with the below poster, MSG must have been the cause of our headaches as the 4 of us experienced this the next morning.
From the lack of guests that night, I would dare to say that this place should be out of business very soon, at least as a restaurant, maybe it can be reincarnated as a wine bar, foot massage or a dentist office. :)

leeman on Hanoi Panic! Thai Food @ Madake!
March 22nd, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Took my gal out for dinner there last week, she ordered the Pad Thai Tom and I the Yellow Chicken Curry.
Mine was acceptable in taste and texture, but was not the same quality as was in Mons’ previous location. My gal’s Pad Thai was old, as though it was from the previous day’s production; I had a taste and agreed it was not sufficiently prepared.
This was the insult, the injury was the food poisoning she had all the next day, vomiting ++ :( This was after consuming less than 1/3 of the portion, just imagine if she had eaten it all... Will agree with a few others about the price, too much for what you now get and I do not fancy the new location in a bar. Anyway, I’m sure this venture will end soon for obvious reasons, to bad as I really cared for the pervious location as Mon seemed more attentive.

leeman on Vine Restaurant & Wine Bar
January 23rd, 2013 at 9:52 pm

We ordered food from there a few weeks back and it was late, cold and wrong, we called to reach a reasonable person, but alas, we received mama, she would not replace the food nor provide a discount. Would agree with the previous post about service and delivery and management’s poor attitude as well; what's with the Viet mama running the place? She would be better suited as a waitress in a coffee shop. Bring back the expat manager, he was a tool, but at least he knew his place and when to keep his mouth shut and understands that customer is king. Never order from them again. It would appear that all Vine enterprises will soon be something of a bad memory.