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Essence Restaurant

22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
+84 4 3935 2485
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Ranked #2 of 1,037 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Dessert, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers you various tasty authentic Vietnamese dishes and standard Western menu for lunch and dinner. Accomplished with an extensive menu of beverages including fresh fruit shakes, coffees and wines, the restaurant ensures you a wholesome meal with great food, excellent service in the right ambiance and fine spirits, all at a price guaranteed most reasonable in town. Wifi-internet & iMac is available, free of charge.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The bun cha was really good! If I had more time I would have definitely gone back to have it again! The service there was also excellent. Lily took very good care of us and was kind enough to tell us more about Vietnamese food:)

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North Narrabeen
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

initially, we ate at Essence Restaurant for convenience, as we were staying at Essence Hotel. However, the wonderful variety of choices, excellent quality, tasty & authentic traditional & western meals, all good value, combined with exceptional service, kept us coming back. Even after having the wonderful Essence' buffet breakfast each morning, then walking around Hanoi, & sightseeing, we found ourselves... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The hue spring rolls were delicious followed by the sweet sour chicken and shrimp. All dishes were very tasty and the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The price is resonable and definately a place to eat at.

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Calabar
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Yes, the staff is extremely friendly. Maybe too friendly for my taste. I doubt they care... But it makes a good impression and patrons feel comforted. If you want to play it safe, sit in an aquarium with native English speakers and don't mind to pay 2x the price, this is your place. If you want to eat Vietnamese food,... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

let me start by saying we have been in Hanoi for two days now and my only complaint is that we took so long to find this gem my wife and I were looking for a place to have dinner and came across this gem we deceided to try it for lunch what a treat the food was fantastic so... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Essence Restaurant would be one of the best restaurant I've been to in Hanoi. Like what orders have mentioned, the food and service in the restaurant were so excellent that i went to the restaurant twice. Many people would expect the food to be "not local" as it is a restaurant which caters to travelers mainly, however it is certainly... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I LOVE the FRESH SPRING ROLL (probably the best spring roll I ever had tried in Vietnam) and Bun Cha! Excellent choice to dine at the restaurant! It was a wonderful experience for us! Great service and recommendation from the service staffs in the restaurant. I am missing the spring roll in Singapore now :( I would highly recommend you... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Found the food very good however the service was a bit annoying. I realize they were trying to be nice but it was hard to enjoy the meal with all the questions they were asking during the entire time we were there.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Although I generally prefer stand-alone restaurants to hotel restaurants, I'm glad we made an exception for the Essence Restaurant. The Vietnamese dishes we had were all excellent, particularly the bamboo beef. The service could not have been better.

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Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

We ate here today for lunch and all we can say is that we couldn't have picked a better place to try our 1st Vietnamese meal! Their crispy spring rolls are to die for! We also had a beef papaya salad that was just an explosion of flavors! After reading all the reviews on TA we felt we needed to... More 

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Additional Information about Essence Restaurant

Address: 22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
Phone Number: +84 4 3935 2485
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Diner, Dessert, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Asian fusion

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