Those visiting Hanoi definitely have to give this place a try. Authentic Vietnamese food, an attentive waitress, a mind-blowing view with the warm & cozy ambiance makes this an unforgettable experience.
First thing our waitress did was to introduce herself. Sabrina may look young, not very fluent in English & maybe a little tired, but her memory's superb. We ordered about 12 items off the menu & she didn't even have to write them down. Mind you, my boyfriend & I just pointed to whatever we saw & told her how we wanted them done (most were beef).
In less than 10 minutes, we were served. She remembered which soup/drink each of us ordered, served the appetizers with small plates & serving spoons, taught us the traditional way of eating the foods, then served the respective desserts. I swear, this dinner we had on the very first day of 2014 made my year. The ingredients were fresh, beef all cooked to perfection... What more could I have asked for?
Our dear Sabrina even spared her precious time to give us recommendations on the dishes/places we might like after some of the patrons left. This girl put a smile on our faces for the rest of our trip. Even if I'm not going back to Vietnam soon, I might just take half a day to transit from there so we can go back.
P.S. Make a reservation. You get your pick of the lake or river view.