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“Still overcharging”
Review of Hanoi

Hanoi
Ranked #112 of 790 Restaurants in Havana
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Still overcharging”
Reviewed January 24, 2011

I had a similar experience to some of the others. The waiter was very friendly and pushed mojitos and the expensive dishes on us. He remained nice after we ordered the mojitos. Which by the way were very good and excellent value (2 CUC). Then after we ordered less costly items it seemed like we let him down. The waiter was grumpy after that, and then of course came the usual overcharging. I showed him the error on the bill and he "corrected it." No longer was it 4 CUC over, it was only over by 1.50. Unfortunately overcharging happends all the time in Cuban restaurants. I got to a point where i got sick of being ripped off. So my new thing is, if I am overcharged i point out the error and leave no tip. If my bill is correct, I tip well.

  • Visited January 2011
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Dublin, Ireland
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Visited twice - beware!”
Reviewed January 12, 2011

We went here twice - once at night - on this occasion everything was fine. The service was well above average and the food was good, musicians were only slightly intrusive when looking for tips. We returned on another occasion for lunch - very different. Even though it was quiet, and one would think they'd be glad of any custom, the waiter seemed to get in a strop with us because we didn't opt for the special as recommended. We wanted something smaller. The musicians were super annoying - demanding tips even though we had just sat down. We were over-charged by about 3CUCs (no doubt to punish us for not taking the special) but we didn't bother saying anything as it was too much hassle. Later that evening I was struck down with an horrendous dose of food poisoning. I know its unfair to blame Hanoi for this as one can never be 100% sure of the cause but I'm fairly certain - let's call it my gut instinct! I haven't been able to look at a prawn since!!

  • Visited December 2010
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Thank garravagh
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Athens, Greece
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Every day's budget choice”
Reviewed November 24, 2010

I went there twice when I was in Havana. Extremely cheap but decent courses with very good mojito or daquiri. The most expensive meal was the lobster, which cost 12CUCs (with a daquiri if I remember well).
There is also a music band in this restaurant, with some really good old musicians.

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2 Thank geog81
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Ontario
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best mojito in town”
Reviewed September 23, 2010

Stopped in for lunch on September 13th, 2010 while touring Havana. We chose this restaurant based on many other reviews that spoke of a great meal for a low price - we were very pleased to find out this was true!

The two entrees ordered were the Fish $3.95 CUC (with rice, potatoes, and black beans) and the Shrimp with tomatoes $3.40 CUC (with rice, potatos). We opted for a basket of bread to start ( $0.80 CUC each) and a plate of olives (from a jar, nothing special for $1 CUC). The meals far surpassed our expectations for the price.

The mojito was fabulous! The best I had in Cuba! Even better then the $4 obe at the NH Parque Central ;)

Highly recommend to all travelers looking for a cheap, quick, TASTY bite!

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Thank Cabsauv77
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Huatulco, Mexico
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not a great choice”
Reviewed September 4, 2010

While convenient and a nicely decorated we agree with the previous review that the waiter was slightly lecherous and grumpy. We only stopped by for a drink and a snack- food was very salty and the wine very warm. Although the restaurant was near empty the waiter seemed insulted we didn't order more.

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Thank Alfredo P
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