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“Hidden treasure!”
Review of Essence Restaurant

Essence Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 2,258 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers you various tasty authentic Vietnamese dishes and standard Western menu for lunch and dinner. Accomplished with an extensive menu of beverages including fresh fruit shakes, coffees and wines, the restaurant ensures you a wholesome meal with great food, excellent service in the right ambiance and fine spirits, all at a price guaranteed most reasonable in town. Wifi-internet & iMac is available, free of charge.
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

We were recently advised to eat here and was unbelievably surprised. The food is all really beautiful and quick. Lean and delicious meals with the staff being incredibly helpful and very extended and fluent in English. prices are around the standard for Vietnam between ( 3-8) but the sizes are western sizes. Left so full due to eating so much. Gratin especially is to die for.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank sarahGfromCairns
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
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Bologna, Italy
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very warm and good restaurant”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

food is great, service wonderful. Waiters are good as well even when they kindly try to teach you how you should eat that special food. Everything perfect.

Visited December 2012
Thank Deborah B
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Syracuse, NY
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108 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lovely dining in Hanoi”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had dinner here last night. The small restaurant in Essence Hotell was full when we arrived. The staff apologized several times for our 5-minute wait (on a couch in the lobby, with menus) for a table. The menu includes local Vietnamese food, Western fare, and a child's menu. The presentation, flavors, service and atmosphere were all very nice. I would definitely return. Note that breakfast is geared mostly for guests of their hotel.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank DCCSYR
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South East England, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Very good food in a civilised environment”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

A very nice and comfortable restaurant with excellent service. The weather was cold and this was one of the very few restaurants we could happily sit in without our coats on. One of the best dining experiences we had in two weeks of being in Vietnam. (We had been finding the food unmemorable and, all too often, disappointing.) In addition, we were pleased not to be subjected to the awful intrusive music that seems to be popular in many establishments.

The one negative was that the menu prices outside on the pavement were in VND but, at the table, in USD. So, that when we came to pay in cash in VND the amount had to be converted back (nevertheless, the final amount charged was in line with the menu outside). It was confusing and we tried to explain this to the waitress but she did not understand. Also, our understanding is that it is illegal for Vietnamese firms to list their prices in USD, and that includes menus. As with most places, the (questionable) charge for paying by credit card was 3%.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank LucySky99
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“perfect ending to our stay in Hanoi”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Essence Cafe was perfect. Great food, lovely staff, excellent service and a warm atmosphere. We couldn't fault it or the price - real value for money. Dont hesitate to try it.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank julia_davenport
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