Tourist culinary trail: Best restaurants in Hanoi

Hanoi has complex cultural floors to distinguish it from other major cities in Vietnam. The border between ancient Hanoi and the modern Hanoi have matched together: Walking along the streets, one can admire an ancient Buddhist temple and soon appeared in front of one’s eyes, the French architecture of a Catholic church.

The unique blend of the cradle of immensely popular cuisine of Vietnam is also reflected in its rich culinary culture: Some traditional dishes give visitors a classic Asian flavor, while some have a strong influence from French and Chinese cuisine. Therefore, every menu of the best restaurants in Hanoi looks like a great map with diverse options. Here are top list restaurants you have to experience when making your way through Hanoi.

1. Maison Sen Tay Ho

Near the old quarter street, Maison Sen Tay Ho is situated in the center of Hanoi city, on Tran Hung Dao street.In the culinary world, Maison Sen is known as one of the best restaurants in Hanoi, serving dishes that can satisfy even the most demanding guests. Sen’s menu includes over 150 regional dishes, including typical dishes from the North, Central and South Vietnam and other countries around the world.

Diners can start their meals with a delicious German salad, salmon-rich salad or a small dish of sushi. Then, for the main dish, enjoy some seafood dishes such as oysters, grilled oysters with grease, or grilled shrimp and octopus. It is also advisable to try Steak, roasted duck with dry-trimmed sauce, grilled pork ribs with galangal, grilled eel with Surgur Palm.

For desserts, Maison Sen has great options ranging from traditional sweet dishes such as floating rice cakes, Sweet gruel… to French pastries, mousse, ice cream or seasonal fruits.

Address: 61 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 04 3944 9735

2. Home Restaurant

Home Restaurant – the Vietnamese culinary master restaurant is good enough to be called “the Pearl of Chau Long” by satisfied-customers.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and very quiet. Guests can enjoy the classic atmosphere of this classic French villa right from the first steps into the restaurant, on the typical yellow painted walls and in the decorations filled with Hanoi’s ancient beauty.

The Home Restaurant only uses about one-third of the Land for the building, the rest is a spacious garden with a shade of green trees, creating a sense of relaxation and separation from modern life today.

Home Restaurant serves traditional Hanoi dishes, which are changed seasonally but still retain the characteristics of the restaurant. Guests should enjoy the lovely setting of Home Restaurant with a menu of typical Hanoi dishes. You can try Hanoi Cha Bun – Hanoian grilled pork with fresh rice vermicelli or Cha la lot – Grilled beef dish covered in betel leaves. Chillin’ in those traditional Vietnamese dishes and feels no place like home.

Address: 34 Chau Long, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Tel: 024 3939 2222

3. Quan An Ngon Restaurant

In 2009, The Miele Guide acknowledged Quan An Ngon as one of the five favorite restaurants in Vietnam thanks to its exquisite taste. Because it is quite well-known, Quan An Ngon is usually full of customers that sometimes cause diners to wait. However, its menu has different traditional dishes from all parts of Vietnam.

Quan An Ngon has a stall for each regional specialty. Before ordering, one can wander to observe the smell, fire, and color of the small kitchen. The highly recommended dishes are Snail in spicy butter sauce, Freshwater crab hotpot, Crispy Vietnamese pancakes, Bamboo steak with Grilled Chicken

The raw materials are imported every day, ensuring the freshest quality, especially for seafood.

Address: 18 Phan Boi Chau, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 090 212 69 63

4. La Verticale

Located on Ngo Van So small street between old houses of Hanoi, La Verticale is an elegant restaurant, successfully balancing the perfect taste of Vietnamese and French cuisine.

It is styled with typical French features such as flower floor tiles and high columns connected to the ceiling. The villa is the home of a government official during Bao Dai’s time, the last emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty. Its architectural features have been restructured, but still, retain the beauty of the old days. In particular, familiar Asian spices such as cinnamon, anise, fish sauce, chili powder and forest pollen are displayed on large wooden cabinets, creating a great space to experience the culinary culture.

La Verticale offers Western dishes in combination with Vietnamese flavors, decorated subtly and harmoniously arranged under the guidance of chef Didier Corlou. Culinary Verticale is an excellent blend of two cultures, created by a combination of high quality ingredients with different spices.

Address: 19 Ngo Van So Street, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 024 3944 6317

5. Grandma’s Restaurant

Grandma’s restaurant surprised the guests with its lavish design and atmosphere. Located in the heart of Hanoi, this is an ideal place for both locals and foreigners to eat with family or companies.

Grandma’s attraction is to redefine the traditional cuisine of the Northern people. You will have the opportunity to experience the classic but advanced and developed dishes, highlighting the style of other Vietnamese cuisines. The menu ranges from vegetarian dishes to the Grand Grand vegetarian market’s unique cuisine in their own way.

Following some connoisseurs of food, some convenient dishes here are bamboo steak, traditional grilled pork with rice noodles and sweet corn soup. A special feature, diners have the opportunity to start a musical journey at Grandma Restaurant, listen to traditional folk music every night from 19:00 to 21:00.

Address: 6A Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Tel: 024 3537 8666

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