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“Bizarre interpretation of western food.”

Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel Restaurant
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: We take care to ensure our food is a memorable part of your vacationOpen daily 6:30am - 10:30pmFrom our trees to your tables, from Sapa's organic vegetable and fruit gardens, we create mouth watering home cooked Vietnamese delights and fusion cuisine. Vegetarians are lovingly accommodated.Consider joining our daily cooking classSapa Rooms boutique hotel Restaurant is a community focused hotel restaurant established by it's Australian owner to assist the local ethnic minority people who inhabit the Sapa region. We encourage our guests and restaurant customers to assist with our numerous community projects when they stay or dine in our lovely relaxed boutique hotel restaurant because we believe our business has a responsibility to give back to the local community. Our staff team comprises local ethnic minority people and disadvantaged youth who have been trained in the hotel's training program. All our chefs have been thoroughly trained at KOTO the school for disadvantage youth, in Hanoi. Our restaurant has an extensive international wine list, local Vietnamese and fusion international dishes, organic produce and many vegetarian options on the menu. The Australian owner comes from a chefs background so guarantee you will enjoy the food his enthusiastic team serves up each day. Home made ice cream, freshly baked cakes and real coffee is just the beginning. Every piece of art in Sapa Rooms boutique hotel tells a story, we have hand crafted each piece as well as sourced all the materials locally by trekking into the jungle to trade with the ethnic minority people. We think socially aligned sourcing is a step in the right direction for positive change. We look forward to welcoming you to Sapa Rooms.
Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Bizarre interpretation of western food.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Obviously, Sapa Rooms has lost a chef or changed hands, because the food we experienced tonight was completely inedible.

We were originally drawn in by both the reviews on Tripadvisor and the bohemian and stylish ambience. Our first alarm bells started ringing when we saw the meager display of Saran-wrapped, sweaty "cakes" which consisted mostly of sad slices of banana bread. More alarm bells started when almost all the items on the menu were "unavailable". The only dessert available on their desert menu was apple passionfruit crumble. Most people are aware that a crumble is simply fruit topped with flour, butter, sugar, and some nuts, then baked. Most people able to use google would also easily be able to determine this. Unfortunately, this was beyond the culinary ability of Sapa Rooms. I was presented with a handful of soggy, boiled apple slices strewn with the crumbs and powdered remains of what was once some kind of almond cookie. The passion fruit aspect of the desert was half an unripe fruit placed beside the bizarre interpretation of crumble. The ice cream (chocolate, since they had run out of vanilla), had the strangely crunchy consistency of ice cream which has been thawed, then refrozen, in the back of your freezer for six months. Yes, there were crumbles. Yes, there were apples. Yes, there was passionfruit. Was this a passionfruit apple crumble? Sadly, no.

To the owners of Sapa Rooms, I sincerely encourage you to take on some quality control and use the vast resources of the Internet to help you differentiate between food and folly.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank francestg
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paris, france
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98 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“nice place to chill out”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

we had cakes and coffee there in the afternoon - this was a quiet and friendly place to stay
service is really great and all home made

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank cathchris75
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Nice, clean, large room. Staff was really terrific. The food stole the show though. Breakfasts were amazing. The common area where everyone hangs out is so welcoming and cool. Loved it all. Went to Village Noshery for a meal too (which is owned by same company) and that was also awesome.

Visited May 2013
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Thank wittless6
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Seoul, South Korea
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Disappointing...”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Given the very limited menu the night we went they had no chicken ie half the menu was not available. Their website and reviews on foursquare say they do Vietnamese food, they don't anymore. It's sandwiches or burgers... But no chicken.

Real shame as the place itself is nice.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank LesEtangs
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Toronto
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283 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“very good baked goods”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

This place had the best baked goods in Sapa and the nicest decor around. There are games on tables, which was great for our child. The prices are pretty high for Vietnam standards and on par with Western bakeries. WE also had the pumpkin soup, a sandwich and a salad all of which were very good. LOVED the pumpkin bread so much I went back for it the next day:) Staff was nice but spoke limited English.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank GlobalCitizenM
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