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“Broken record on food control”

Sen Tay Ho (West Lake Lotus)
Ranked #164 of 2,258 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Kuching, Malaysia
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103 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Broken record on food control”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I have been to many buffet restaurants especially in Bangkok, Thailand but none is as big as Sen Tay Ho restaurant in Hanoi. The food are perfectly and beautifully displayed. There are so many varieties that we just don't know what to take. The seafood like oysters, prawns , fish, crabs are prefectly cooked. I enjoyed most the tiny crispy crabs and butter prawns. My teammates loved most the black glutinous rice cooked with coconut. The appetizers are great too. Wow, my cholesterol is high, who cares! Be the record be broken, I enjoyed every bite of the food.
There was only one thing that bothered us. The Happy Birthday song was played loudly over and over again because many local people celebrated birthday there. My suggestion is that they should be placed in separate rooms. The place should be more conducive for diners.
No photos were taken in the restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank jong s
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Thai first
  • Vietnamese first
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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68 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“buffet heaven”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

biggest buffet i have ever seen, appeared to be grouped by nationality, beautiful food and so many choices. Massive seafood - fresh tuna salmon oysters, (what was in the travel guide about not eating seafood - too late it was so fresh and beautiful), cavier, cooked fish etc.
The place seemed to be really popular with the locals and there were so many birthdays (staff come out with cake and sparkers and they sing happy birthday). lots of little kids running around , Vietnam has a 2 child policy so i guess they think their offspring are super special, lots of grandparents there too (often with a little one in a pram). Dont know why the no photo edict - the place is special. granted it did remind me of the 1980's when Sizzlers first opened in Brisbane, Qld.
outdoors kind of a theme park - there was a singer and entertainer with flaming swords when we walked out, little waterways and covered walkways. bit hard to work out at night time what the theme was outside. maybe just a place to keep the kids happy while their parents were inside?
you had to leave one person at the table while the others went to get their food, and drinks were paid for as you ordered them. we were taken to our table, but then you had to remember to guard the table - one had to stay. and this was the same at every table (not just the tourists).

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Margaret M
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Singapore
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120 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“SEN TAY HO”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is a mush go if you hve the budget. Excellent restaurant with nice view,
Huge spread of varieties of Vietnamese food to sample. From appetizers to desserts, some were precooked, some were cooked to order..
BBQ seafood was fresh and meat was tasty. Though we were not allowed to snap pictures, did manage to snap some. Some dishes were brought to our table on that nite like king Prawns and BBQ beef. Those were the better choices of food.
Service was excellent, plates were removed promptly and food was replenished fast. They also do hve surprise for those celebrating, Restaurant will switch off the lights and the service staff will present you with a cake and sing you birthday sone. Very Nice.
It is realy a good experience. Do try it

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Teo C
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Kuching, Malaysia
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299 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Vietnamese buffet”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

A big variety of Vietnamese food to sample. From appetizers to desserts, some were precooked, some were cooked to order. Though I am not a buffet lover, Sen's experience was pretty good.
BBQ seafood was fresh and meat was tasty. We were not allowed to snap photos inside the restaurant. A few dishes were brought to our table. Those were the better choices of food.
Service was considered good for a buffet restaurant. Used dinner wares were removed promptly and food was replenished fast.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank arangemas
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice Restaurant!”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is the second Vietnamese restaurant we visit. We had many vietnamese here. we tried traditional vietnamese food as: Pho cuon, cha, chicken fry. All were verry good n i like "Pho cuon: the most. Its the most special food i never had beofore, verry delicious, i love it. My Vietnamese friend introduced "fry rice" and my younger sister like it verry much!
I saw Vietnamese have many special food, if i have chance, i will try it all!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank bbcindy90
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