We stumbled upon this restaurant one night when we were looking for something to eat as we were heading back to our hotel which was in the same street. We asked at reception if it was o.k. for us to eat here as we were slightly underdressed, me in particular and it is part of the Hanoi Hotel Elegance. We were told there would be no problem.
The restaurant is on the top floor of this amazingly classy hotel and offers wonderful views of the city. The hotel is worth looking into if you are planning to visit Hanoi, it's not cheap but may be worthwhile particularly if not travelling on a budget. My partner and I read the brochure and we were amazed by some of the features of this place. I did take a brochure but can't find it however one of the features I do remember is that they have double glazed windows in order to filter out the incessant noise from the car and motor cycle horns which are constant in Vietnam but particularly in Hanoi.
When we got to the restaurant we were asked if we had reservations which we did not. The maitre'd a, young gentleman with impeccable manners and a good command of the English language informed us that they were booked solid which was quite obvious.
He did however offer us a table on the rooftop terrace if we were prepared to take a chance on the weather which was overcast and also it was quite breezy given that the restaurant is on the 12th or 13th floor. We accepted his offer as we were only looking for a quick, light meal to tide us over until breakfast.
I ordered a plate of fetuccine carbonara, as I really was hanging out for some Italian food even though I knew it probably was a bit of a risk given that I was in Vietnam for God's sake.
When it arrived, which was in a very short time, I can honestly say it was one of the best carbonaras I have ever had anywhere. The pasta was perfectly cooked "al dente" the texture of
the creamy garlic sauce was perfect and the parmesan they use is top quality.
My partner ordered some fried rice with chicken which was also very nice and which she thoroughly enjoyed. I had a small taste and I can vouch that it too, was pretty good. The two dishes cost us a total of $11.50. We booked to go back two nights later which was going to be our last night in the Old Quarter before heading off to Halong Bay.
This restaurant is a place where you can dress up if you want to which is what we felt like doing..and not feel out of place as the staff and decor is of a very high standard but there is no problem if you go there in shorts and a smart Tee shirt.
We were shown to a booth next to a window so that we could get a good view, something the maitre'd promised he would reserve for us the previous time we were there. By the way the views are spectacular.
We ordered garlic bread to start, followed by beef crumbled with salad. Unfortunately although very tasty the beef could have been a little more tender but certainly by no means unpleasant. For desert, my partner had a wonderful, light home made ice cream and I had a Creme Brulee which was to die for. I am not a wine drinker but I do read and my partner enjoys a wine from time to time, so by looking over the wine list we could see that they have a good variety of wines from all over the world which should suit most palates. Total cost of the meal $30.00au including two drinks.
The staff, service, quality and decor is impeccable. If in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, do yourself a favour and have at least one meal in this top quality restaurant, you will not be disappointed.
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