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“Fine ish dining in Hanoi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pots 'n Pans

Pots 'n Pans
57 Bui Thi Xuan Street | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 3944 0205
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Ranked #20 of 1,007 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Pots ‘n Pans is about innovation. Vietnamese cuisine infused with an international flair.Our food takes the best ideas from modern Vietnamese and puts a new spin on them. The flavours are familiar but done differently. We don’t want to detract from what we believe to be the core of Vietnamese cuisine which is a big emphasis on fresh and local ingredients. However, we believe that the produce found in Vietnam should lend itself to a wider range of cooking techniques and presentation.Pots ‘n Pans is a dynamic partnership between Know One Teach One (KOTO) and its training program graduates along with its international partner; Small Giants. KOTO is a not-for-profit organisation in Vietnam that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth through vocational training. Small Giants is a boutique Australian impact investment company that is dedicated to businesses that are changing the world.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“Fine ish dining in Hanoi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Good food and the staff try very, very hard to please. We enjoyed our meal, but feel that the 5* reviews are a bit over the top. It's Hanoi's attempt at fine dining and they do well, without ever quite getting there. For Vietnam it's probably as close as it gets, but as Europeans we would stick to what the Vietnamese do best, local food, because at these prices ($140US for two) you can get this and better at home (Europe/USA etc).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is the first time I've submitted a review, but this restaurant experience was so special I had to. My husband and I found out about this restaurant when we had lunch at Koto - a restaurant run by a non-profit that trains disadvantaged and street kids. Pots and Pans was started less than a year ago by "alums" of that group and they give a portion of the profits to the organization. To experience their success, in terms of the skills and confidence they've attained, is a moving experience.

The food was excellent - a fine dinning experience, to be sure. The setting, an old colonial building, was very stylish, but not overdone. And, the service, so very personal and professional. We went twice as it was, clealy, our favorite.

They made everything so special. The manager, Mr Chein, even called their sister restaurant in Sapa to let them know it would be my husband's birthday when we were there. The restaurant (Baguettes and Chocolate) had a bottle of special wine ready and made a beautiful cake. He has seranaded by all the students!

All in all, this is one not to be missed!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Cannot say enough good things”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Honestly, where do I begin? We come from a foodies city (NYC) and this restaurant compares to the best there. We found the restaurant through TA and it did not disappoint in its high rating.

To start, the decor is simply spot-on. Modern. Chic. Just really SUPERB vibe and decoration.

Then, the staff. Wonderful. So accomodating, friendly, and just made our dinner so pleasant.

The food - just DELICIOUS. Honestly, an A+ dining experience. I had the beef two ways which was outstanding. Also, the fried coconut desert was very good and the sides they offer with dinner are all fantastic.

Let me just add that the GM Thao is so charming and warm. She spoke with us for a while and took us on a tour upstairs. I honestly cannot say enough nice things about Thao, her staff, the food, just EVERYTHING.

I would say for my review to sum up: if you don't go here in Hanoi, you are probably missing the best gourmet restaurant in the city.

***The owners of PnP came from Koto. I would also recommend Koto as the food is excellent as well, but the ambience and experience at PnP is more upscale and more refined than Koto. BOTH are superb choices and you cannot go wrong at either.

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“It is a Must for a Romantic Dinner in Hanoi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We actually went between lunch & dinner and were told they could only do like a bar menu. Then she said let me check and see if I can catch the chef. We were in luck & they allowed us the full menu.
The service & presentation is great. You don't have several people hoovering over your table like Charlie Trotters in Chicago, but our waitress was very attentive & responsive. Two of us had the fixed menu selecting different items and I selected a couple on the appetizers/entrees a main course and a couple of deserts along with Vietnamese coffee with milk.

Our appitizers were:
1. Slow cooked pork hock croquettes with lime aoli & sweet basil
2. Shelf fish bisque with cream, Vietnamese herbs with toasted baguette.
3. Duck terrine with green tea smoked breast and slow cooked confit leg, scallion pancake, orange jelly & beet root relish.
4. Seared scallop BBQ chili & tomato salsa with white anchovy, toasted coriander scented brioche and Thai basil romoulade.
5."Cua Be" Crab tart with fennel, shallot & spices with a bisque cream & herb oil.

Our favorite was the scallops -unanimous winner out of the appetizers we had.

For our main courses:
Beef two ways: Roast Australian beef filet and braised short rib in cassia scented jus, potato fondant, carrot and ginger puree with baby onion rings.

Pan roasted duck breast, tamarind and eggplant compote with ginger and carrot sauce.

Baked mackerel filet on curry pumpkin sauce with petit poisand beet root relish. (our least favorite main course as the mackerel had a strong "fishy" taste.

For the main course the beef was the best, though it was ordered "medium" and should have ordered medium-rare thus it was a bit on the tough side but had great flavor with the terrine.

1. Ginger cake & sesame snap (wouldn't order this one again as it was a bit dry lacking flavor & rather boring)
2. Fried coconut milk with walnut crisp, caramelized banana & passion fruit sorbet (sounds good right? I thought so). It was okay but I wouldn't order this again either as the description didn't really fit what was served (though the presentation was very nice). The flavor & texture was like a banana pudding with a breading on the outside. Sadly they were out of the passion-fruit sorbet so it came with a vanilla ice cream instead.

3. Whisky pave, orange chocolate mousse, rum chocolate ganache (unanimous favorite.. actually we cheated and cut the chocolate from this desert with the vanilla ice cream from desert #2). Didn't tasted any whisky, orange, or rum in this, but the chocolate was good. Also the description left out that it had a cake-like bottom much like that of a tiramisu though the mousse & ganache description is accurate.

4. Lime leaf lotus seed & coconut creme brulee with pistachio biscotti & strawberry jelly. Nice slight citrus flavor. We couldn't really taste the coconut but its in the bottom.

Favorite deserts: The chocolate pave, then the creme brulee.

As harsh as some of my descriptions are I went into this depth due to the caliber of restaurant this is. Its a incredible restaurant and you will really miss out on a fun time (and some really great food) if you don't take the time to go here.

Its not a typical Vietnamese restaurant but incorporates great ideas of textures, flavors & colors to make the experience more enjoyable.

If their amazing talent of creative cooking wasn't enough, they also are working to help those in need. See their website or better yet, look in the back of their menu while you are eating there.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Absolute MUST in Hanoi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This restaurant is an absolute gem, not because of the very worthy cause it supports, but because the food is exceptional and manages to find the perfect balance of traditional Vietnamese flavour created in a contemporary way. We are on the final leg of out three week honeymoon and we chose Pots n pans after reading some good reviews on TA and because their website is really clean and user friendly, you can view the current menu in PDF and the gallery is an accurate reflection of the high standard of finish.
The staff are outstanding, incredibly professional and courteous and most importantly knowledgable about the food that they are serving. The manager on duty was wonderful with us, she was very friendly and helpful and spoke impeccable English, thank you Thao for your generosity and hospitality.
We opted for the set menu which offers a genuine value for money as there are no additional costs for the star dishes such as the double cooked pork belly or the beef two ways, which by the way is the best short rib I have ever eaten!
You don't need to spend a fortune in Hanoi in order to treat yourself, our three course meal with bottle Sauvignon blanc and water came to around 2.5 million dong (about $120).
Do yourself a favour and visit this place if your in Hanoi.

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