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“Good food for a good cause”
Review of Hoa Sua Training Restaurant - CLOSED

Hoa Sua Training Restaurant
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: French, Vietnamese
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Song Thu Restaurant, located in the Ba Dinh district, is just a short cab ride from downtown Ha Noi. It's French influence on menu and decor give a warm invite for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a fine dining experience.Song Thu restaurant works with disadvantaged youth throughout Vietnam from the Hoa Sua School and encourages hands on experience working in the hospitality industry. Allowingthese students to practice their table service skills with customers allows for more practical adaptation, and gives them opportunities to make an earnest living.Nearly 8000 students from difficult circumstances have benefited from the quality professional training at the Hoa Sua School. After training, the students will be placed in full-time jobs in hotels and restaurants throughout Vietnam.With outdoor and indoor seating available, Song Thu welcomes big tour groups and corporate meetings to come enjoy a meal together, with set menus available for all to enjoy French and Vietnamese cuisine prepared by Hoa Sua School students!Also available is a cooking class, with a kitchen able to teach classes for 4-5 persons. Come learn how to cook your favourite Vietnamese and French dishes!Call now for a reservation and we hope to see you soon!
Reviewed December 25, 2012

I have been several time to Song Thu Restaurant and despite its remote (new) emplacement from what Hanoi has to offer in touristic activities, Song Thu deserves a special attention. Indeed, this restaurant is part of Hoa Sua school's project to train disavantaged youth in the culinary/bakery and hospitality sector. So don't expect to have a 5 stars table service when you enter the restaurant since the students are training and their english abilities are low, however you will be immediately stunned by the atmosphere and the architecture of this French Colonial building. Song Thu is a little piece of paradise in Hanoi's chaos and agitation. The menu is varied with French and Vietnamese specialities. Most of the cook have been trained in France and I found some main course that I was not able to find out anywhere else in Hanoi, like the famous "Poulet Chasseur" or the "meat lasagna".
Last but not least, Hoa Sua provides vietnamese cooking classes for groups and they are worth trying if you want to reproduce Spring Rolls or Pho back home.

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Thank Vivaldi878
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The restaurant has two floors, we were at the upper floor. It had a very classy and cultivated feel, for example the waitress laid the napkins in our laps when she brought our meals. Quality was good, worth a visit if you're in the area.

Thank Kai B
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Before they moved, the menu was a long list of dishes (french and vietnamese) and set menus at reasonable prices. Now there are only few dishes, no more set menus, the portions are very small and the bill quite high, especially considering the quality and quantity.

Thank UliG57
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Hi all,

We've been there with my boyfriend and really enjoyed food, place and service. We chose a fried rice with prawns and pineapple, it was very nice. You have the choice between French or Vietnameese dishes and there are also several French deserts.

A good place, very charming in a beautiful old house. Budget is between 70000 VDN and 200000 for the main course and 50000 for desert.

Have a good one!

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Thank Ciloucecile
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

The woman who established Hoa Sua is a genius and a true benefactor. The idea of the restaurant and now the bakery and cafe at the museuem of ethnology as well is to take street children and train them for work in catering. Many of the best restaurants in town are now peopled by ex- Hoa Sua trainees. But don't think that because it is a training restaurant it lacks quality. The food is invariably well prepared and served and is both western and vietnamese in character. Reasonably priced too. Do take in the pastries, amongst the best in town.

Thank Mel B
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