Found this place after seeing a movie at the nearby Vincom Center Bà Triệu (big mall). If you don't have time to read all this, overall it's very tasty and cheap if you're on a budget. A bit over $3 USD with a drink.
The place is tiny, so service was good. It's hit or miss whether the servers will know English, so I've explained the menu if you want to give this place a try! Like many smaller eateries here in Hanoi, they only serve one main type of dish. It's a fresh noodle sheet wrapped around rice vermicelli and minced mushrooms. You can also have it with ground pork or minced shrimp inside.
The top half of the menu is the bigger-sized portions. The first section, bánh cuốn chay is the vegetarian roll, but if you're a vegetarian, only choose the top option. Because the rest below are the vegetarian roll (noodle sheets with only vermicelli inside, topped with fried garlic) but the other options are all meat or shrimp.
I ordered the bánh cuốn nhân thịt nướng (vermicelli, mushrooms and meat inside with grilled pork and fried garlic on top). The noodles have a great texture--pliable, but you can actually bite through it, and the crispy fried garlic on top adds a little chewy crunch. Everything I saw comes with a bowl of broth, calamansi limes, small chilis, and herbs. Unsure if the broth is veg or not, but my vegan companion ate it with no ill effects). There's garlic chili vinegar on the table, I like to add a lot to the broth and squeeze in lime juice, but the waitress stopped me after 2, so I put the other in my beer...pretty good, actually.
The bottom half of the menu is for à la carte ordering, so you can order anything by the piece and/or add on fried garlic, grilled pork, shrimp or a steamed egg.
As for drinks, you can get iced or hot green tea, soymilk, canned soft drinks, bottled iced tea or water, or a (big) bottled Hà Nội beer. The khăn vớt is a wet handtowel, about 10 cents USD and most places offer them without asking you if you want one or not.
Bánh Cuốn Gia An has 8 locations in Hanoi and I also ate at 111/8 Láng Hạ. The second location was good as well, a little dingier than the one at 25 Thái Phiên. That day my order came with a kind of steamed sausage. I'm not a fan, but give it a try.
Hope you enjoy the food - and actual chairs and tables!
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