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“Outstanding Vietnamese food in a great setting - good service too!”
Review of Restaurant 96

Restaurant 96
Ranked #102 of 2,412 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Since 1996, 96 Restaurant has more than 20 years experience in Hanoi. Located at 34 Gia Ngu, the centre of Old Quater, just 5 minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, with the talented hands of chefs who experienced Vietnamese dishes, we will bring you the dish flavor nowhere else in Vietnam can have. Inspired by home-cooking recipes, the menu serves a diversity of traditional Vietnamese food in authentic taste. We not only aim to deliver delicious Vietnamese food in the old Hanoi architecture but also want to introduce to all traveller about Vietnamese cuisine culture. 96 Restaurant - The sense of Old Hanoi
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This was our last night in Vietnam (for the second time) and we had always had another favourite in Hanoi (check my other reviews to see which one that was). We went to our old favourite this time and the pace was so frenetic that it didn't feel like we actually enjoyed the meal.

Then a bit of research on tripadvisor (looking for somewhere close to where we are staying in the Old Quarter) and we hit on Restaurant 96. We could not have had a better lining up of the planets or the stars or whatever because this has become our new favourite. On a Saturday night with the night market just down the road (which we don't rate at all - it's bland cheap stuff) and the busy street below we took another Trip Advisor reviewer's tip and took the outdoor upstairs balcony. This was the best decision that we made all day!

The waiter Chuong was attentive and more than willing to help with suggestions on the menu. We were clear that we didn't want anything rolled up in rice paper (since we've eaten that most every day since we've been here) which proved to be the next best decision today.

The Chicken Salad as entrée (appetizer) was brilliant sweet and tart yet crunchy with grated raw vegetables and jus the right combination of fish sauce and sugar/lime juice. The beef grilled with lemongrass and chilli was marinated pieces of beef squeezed inside entire lemongrass batons and grilled over flame served with rice and more simple grated salad (no dressing). The one we weren't sure about when we were ordering was the roasted duck with Muc Mac leaves - recommended as a personal favourite of Chuong. We were wary as there is only a type of leaf we cannot stomach in Vietnam and that's Fish Mint - tastes like what I imagine a wet dog would if I were to lick one. Unfortunately in some places there is a lot of this in the food... No problems though Chuong had a plate of the dried dark brown rich caremelly scented leaves sent up from the kitchen and we knew that this was the next dish for us!

We cannot fault a single morsel we ate and we cannot fault the attentive service which was also friendly and relaxed. Chuong is a credit to his profession and the chefs were also. The rest of the staff were lovely and full of smiles and warm wishes both as we arrived and left.

I have uploaded some photos from our time on the deck. I didn't get any photos of the bathroom (which another TripAdvisor writer suggested was worth a look) but needless to say the men's and women's were in floor to ceiling marble and spotlessly clean - without that horrible moth ball smell that most men's have in Vietnam.

Do yourself a favour and drop in here. The wine isn't cheap (480,000 D) but if you want wine in this country - and we did -you have to pay. The rest of the bill came to around 280,000 D which included some young rice and mango ice cream/gelato and water. Well done Restaurant 96 and Chuong!

4  Thank vicbrett
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We chose to eat here after reading other TA reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was easy to find as it's very close to the lake. We ate on the balcony upstairs which was fun and we were able to people watch on the streets below. There is only one table on the balcony so we had some privacy, but did not feel detached from the atmosphere. We picked the Vietnamese curry and pork cooked in bamboo. Both were delicious! The pork was presented beautifully, still in the bamboo it was cooked in. The service was friendly and efficient and overall good value for money. We paid 295,000VND for two mains, two sodas and a dessert. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for tasty Vietnamese food in the old quarter.

5  Thank ashton_milton
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

A lot of choices, great location (next Tirant hotel), beautiful place, clean, excellent customer service, cheap drinks, quality food.

Yum yum yum.............

2  Thank Sasha2012_12
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

We went to Restaurant 96 after reading favourable reviews on Tripadvisor but found that our dining experience was average at best. The food was well presented but quite bland, we had the roast duck and a fish broth, both of which were underwhelming. The service was friendly enough, but you’ll find better, alongside more appetising food, elsewhere in the Old Quarter.

1  Thank CookieBearTravels
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

After read all the post about I decided to try to restaurant.The place is not easy to find.Taxy drive like crazy to find out.Anyway; the place is nice and look like clean.Is casual asian decor.
I like the toilet.!! nice.
I try the hanoi style deep fry sping roll.Well presented , Taste nice and very crispy(vote;65/80)
For main; the duck cook in ma may leaves.Taste,portions and presentation very good.
Service is not bad, and compare to other restaurants is exellent!!
menu is in english and the dish are write with details.
Personaly I recommend this place and for sure I will come back soon.
Is one of the best that I try in hanoi

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2  Thank PizzaChefItaly
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