Vietnamese Cuisine – Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi

Vietnamese Cuisine

In Vietnam, food preparation has become an art. Some Vietnamese dishes are world famous. People can find countless restaurants throughout the country. Besides specialty dishes of Vietnam, visitors can also find in some hotels national foods from Western countries, China, Japan, Thailand, Russia, etc. Vietnamese cuisine features some surprisingly good dishes, some of which can be found nowhere else in the world. There are dishes which are prepared from sea foods such as lobsters, fish, crabs and squids which are relatively rare and expensive in some Western countries but abundant and cheap in Vietnam. Vietnamese cuisine also comprises of other traditional foods such as beef noodle soups (pho), pork sausages (gio lua), spring rolls (nem ran), fish balls (cha ca), etc.

Hanoi has many dining options. Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi is one of the great delights in visiting the capital. Hanoi is home to Vietnam’s most famous dish — pho (rice noodles in chicken or beef broth). This and other northern specialties are best enjoyed at the bustling sidewalk food stalls lining many streets. Foreign restaurants abound in Hanoi, ranging from French fine-dining to fast-food joints. There are several more up market establishments catering to visiting businessmen and tourists as well as foreign and local residents. All the major hotels have at least one restaurant offering very good value buffet lunches and dinners. Chinese cuisine is particularly well represented in the capital, as is Indian and, surprisingly, Italian food. There is at least one very pleasant Spanish restaurant – La Salsa – and even English and Australian cooking is available in Hanoi. In a nutshell, the variety of cuisines on offer in Hanoi is impressive range of prices across the board means that everyone should be able to find several satisfying dining options.

“Cha Nem Thit” – deep fried spring rolls (we call these “Cha Gio” in South Vietnam)

Some Famous Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi

Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi have the most beautiful and romantic setting in all of Hanoi. You can feel the adventure as you climb up the curved wooden staircase at the Emperor Restaurant that takes you into the elegant, high-ceiling Hue-temple-style dining room. You can also listen to the resident jazz band that plays here. Among the beautifully presented dishes are seafood and Hue specialties, including delectable Hue spring rolls and banana-leaf-wrapped fish. The other famous Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi is the Nam Phuong which is an elegant French-style villa. This restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese food prepared by expert chefs. The magazine-length menu features common foods such as chicken, fish, and beef as well as more esoteric items like the crispy fried frog leg sticks and steamed snails. Choose from the comprehensive list of wines from around the world that beckons parched lips and discerning palates. You can tap your feat as a traditional band provides a sampling of Vietnam’s musical roots here.

Vietnamese Restaurants in Hanoi

Dinh Lang
1-6 Ly Thai To
Tel:  828 6290  Fax:  825 5265
Cha ca La Vong
14 Cha Ca
Tel:  825 3929
Nang Tam (Com Chay) 
79A Tran Hung Dao
Tel: 8266140
Nam Phuong
19 Phan Chu Trinh
Tel:  824 0926
Le Tonkin
14 Ngo Van So
Tel: 943 3457
Indochine Restaurant
16 Pham Ngu Lao
Tel: 942 4097
Van Xuan
5A Hang Cot
Tel: 9272888, Fax: 9272999
Dong phuong
210 Tran Quang Khai
Tel: 9342898 – Fax: 9342089

Here are some of the dishes we ordered…

Goi Cuon” – fresh summer rolls:

Goi Cuon - fresh summer rolls

Goi Cuon – fresh summer rolls

“Goi Du Du” – green papaya salad with fried anchovies (the 2nd time I ordered this dish, I was disappointed that it was not topped with the anchovies):

Goi Du Du - green papaya salad with fried anchovy

Goi Du Du – green papaya salad with fried anchovies

“Pho Dac Biet” – Hanoi special pho (contained tripe, beef balls and brisket) was a little bland but still enjoyable and I loved the meatballs:

Pho Dac Biet - Hanoi special pho

Pho Dac Biet – Hanoi special pho

“Ga Cari” – this Vietnamese chicken stew tasted so different from the one that my family prepares that I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It seemed very buttery (instead of coconutty), lacked the addition of tomato sauce, and the spices just didn’t seem right. Perhaps this is one of those dishes that has regional differences and the northern flavors of Hanoi take some getting used to:

Ga Cari - Vietnamese chicken stew

Ga Cari – Vietnamese chicken stew

“Ca Ran Xot Me” – crispy fried whole fish with spicy tamarind sauce served with steamed rice (we tried to find out what kind of fish this was but to no avail):

Ca Ran Xot Me

Ca Ran Xot Me – crispy fried whole fish

“Banh Xeo” – these savory crepes were not one of the restaurant’s better offerings (again, I’m not sure if it’s partly because I’m used to Saigon-style):

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo

“Caphe Sua Da” – iced Vietnamese coffee:

Caphe Sua Da - ice coffee

Caphe Sua Da – iced Vietnamese coffee

Artichoke Tea:

Artichoke Tea

Artichoke Tea

“Che Ba Mau” – 3-colored dessert:

Che Ba Mau - 3-colored dessert

Che Ba Mau – 3-colored dessert

“Chuoi Ran Kem” – banana fritters with ice cream:

Chuoi Ran Kem - banana fritters and ice cream

Chuoi Ran Kem – banana fritters and ice cream


View of JLT from the restaurant

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