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“The real thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Badiane

La Badiane
10 Nam Ngu | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3942 4509
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Ranked #15 of 1,006 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $10 - $66
Cuisines: French, International, Fusion, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dublin, Ireland
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
“The real thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We went here to enjoy the last night of our SE Asia holiday and it was the perfect send off. We ate at La Verticale the night before and though both are rated on a par by Frommers (and others) we felt there was no comparison (review of La Verticale coming up). Make no mistake, this is a French restaurant and the 'fusion' element is quite minimal. We ate on the second night of the new season menu and it was getting close to some of the best meals we've had (and at a far better price). It was not far off Michelin star quality. Highlights were a beef carpaccio (which I don't normally love) starter with 'wasabi-scented' accompaniment, beautiful duck and lamb mains and outrageously tasty chocolate fondant-like dessert. Service was relaxed and friendly - we were in the non-smoking side room which we had to ourselves. Because of the glass on the door we felt it was the perfect combination of private and atmospheric. We asked for a red dessert wine but they didn't have any. To our delight, they then offered us a lovely amount of port to go with out desserts on the house. Pure class.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Paris, France
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good but a bit expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Nice quiet courtyard, which is very relaxing after a day trip in the busey streets of Hanoi. Very fine food, though a bit expensive.

Visited May 2013
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Berkeley, California
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“Good but not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Come here base on the rave reviews about the excellence of the cuisine. In fact, food was good but not exceeded my expectation. I wish there was a button between 3 and 4 so I would rate this as 3.5 in my very own experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Excellent French food, service and atmosphere but expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

The food is excellent - well presented, imaginative and extremely tasty. The dinning room does not quite have the colonial feel of a number of equivalent restaurants but is nonetheless good - olde world and not too formal. The restaurant is pricey though with mains at c USD23 for dinner - it would be good value in London or Paris but this is Hanoi and if the justification is imported food, question why they need to import with so much great food around.... If money is not a concern, then go for sure- the food won't fail to meet expectations.

Visited July 2013
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Bakersfield, California
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“France in Hanoi!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Every so often on my trip around SEA, despite really enjoying the huge variety of Asian cuisine,
I find it time to reload on some more familiar western food & the service, ambiance and ceremony that goes with it - especially French and Italian.

In Hanoi, La Badiane, proved a worthy selection for hitting the mark. With a few hundred member reviews, most of which were good, and with the others complaining about the price I felt hopeful of avoiding a Backpacker hole. And so it was.

The restaurant is nice enough. Great thing is they have a very good value Menu Gastronomique. You can't go far wrong in this selection though there are many tempting dishes on the menu. Well presented, good imported ingredients, decent wine and (for Vietnam) quite decent service - the meal was a pleasure. I think at the conversion rate the gastronomic menu is around $40-45, and far less than one expect to pay in Europe for a similar meal - despite the fact that so many of the ingredients have had the added cost of being shipped half way around the world.

My recommendation except for the shoestring budgeters is Go and enjoy!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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