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“One of the best meals on our visit to Vietnam”
Review of Essence Restaurant

Essence Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 2,258 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“One of the best meals on our visit to Vietnam”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

After two long flights, we checked into the Essence Hotel and went to the Essence Restaurant for a late lunch. Staff were welcoming and took time to explain the menu. We ere keen to try local food, so ordered the fish pancake to start. What a treat! The waiter explained how to wrap and eat the pancake, and checked later that we were enjoying it. Do try it. The menu comprises Vietnamese and Western food, so all tastes are catered for. The L-shaped restaurant feels cosy, with some tables separated by wooden screens. Breakfast again offered Asian and Western foods, with staff quickly clearing tables, topping up coffee and tea cups, and ensuring we had everything we wanted. Two nights later we ate dinner at Essence, when the cafe recommended to us didn't seem appropriate. The restaurant looked full, but a table was found for us, and again we weren't disappointed with the food and service. The Trip Advisor award is well-deserved.

  • Visited April 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“High Quality, Authentic, Value for Money Vietnamese Food”
Reviewed May 8, 2014

Food & Service was all excellent. Their excellent service started from the minute you step into the hotel where the doorman would open their door for you & greet you. And like all the other great reviews on Tripadvisor, order away! Their service is impeccable, just like any Michellin Star Restaurants in big cities and their food presentation goes beyond your expectations. We ordered 1 starter (Spring Rolls), 2 main courses, 1 dessert and 2 drinks. All these cost us only US$30! Very comfortable, cosy and warm environment. This place is definitely not to be missed if you are looking for authentic Vietnamese at reasonably low prices and want impeccable service & ambience!

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Pinky T
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Seoul, South Korea
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46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Reasonable price, and excellent foods”
Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Don't ask me anything.
Just go and order foods that you want!
That's all really.
I stayed 5days in Hanoi and went to many restaurants, but no other one fulfilled me just like this one.
Foods are really nice and mood is also nice cause it's in a Hotel 1st floor.
Reasonable price and yummy foods! Have fabulous dinner here^^

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2 Thank 동현정
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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food and Experience”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Visited this restaurant on the 3rd of May for my fiancee's birthday. Reservation was made through email and confirmation was within 24h, over the weekend, by Mr. Frank Nguyen (Hotel Manager). That's quite fast for me.

The restaurant serves quite a variety of food from Western to Vietnamese cuisine. Miss. Daisy knew that we were unsure of what to order, so she made recommendations for our appetizer and mains and they tasted delicious! We had "Hue Imperial Deep Fried Spring Rolls", "Grilled Bamboo Beef", "Cha Ca La Vong", "Cream Brulle", "Banana Crepe", "Avocado Juice" and "Lemon Juice" for VND724,200. That's about USD34.50. Quite affordable for a meal like this. Speed of food arriving at our table was also quite fast.

What really surprised my fiancee was that suddenly, there was a birthday song playing at the background and the staff surprised her with a complimentary birthday cake with trick candles! That made her night an even more pleasant one. Thanks to Mr. Philips for the kind gesture!

Restaurant ambiance is cozy and romantic. I will strongly recommend anyone who wishes to bring your loved ones for a meal in the heart of Old Quarters.

  • Visited May 2014
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Kapunda Australia
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Dinner”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

We had a quiet and enjoyable dinner at this restaurant. We recommend it especially if you like Asian food. If you require Western food it is available. The service is excellent and staff very easy to talk to. Well worth eating there.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Dale M
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