Booked a table for two on Sunday evening (though a booking wasn't necessary) as we had been recommended by a friend. This place won't disappoint, we were met by friendly and attentive staff, seated with a great view of the lake and had a very nice experience all round with my other half. We ordered the soft shell crab and the fried calamari and while neither was stunning, they certainly weren't displeasing. The mains were excellent and both courses were ample enough portions to satisfy.
Accompanied with a bottle of wine the total bill was about 70 USD for 2 course each. Well worth it and we will certainly be back.
I had dinner there this evening. It was the worst meal I've had in my two months in Hanoi. It was fried beef with a salad, which means, a few small pieces of hard beef on top of a few leaves of lettuce and a few slices of onion and tomato. The lettuce was covered with vinegar sauce, and so the meat tasted like vinegar too. After a few minutes the meat was cold and the lettuce was warm. It was a very small portion too: the volume of the lettuce is used to make your plate look full. For 135.000 vnd, I'm expecting a meal, not a low quality snack. The only good thing was the can of coke. Maybe (if my friends really insist) I'll go there again for a drink, but never again for food.
It is very difficult to find a beauty salon that actually offers professional facials with salon professional products. I found both at the Hanoi Spa: I had an 'Anti-ageing' facial lasting 90 mins using Dermologica beauty products (huge successful brand in the US and UK). The therapist knew her stuff too and was very thorough - clearly she had received the correct training. Her English was poor but I felt confident enough to let her carry out the treatment from start to finish without interruption. I have trained in London as a Beauty Therapist more than 20 years ago using Dermologica so I was very impressed with her professionalism.
The salon itself is located in a quiet street not too far from Hoan Kiem Lake. It is basic but I prefer to have a great treatment than a fancy salon using supermarket products! There are various facials to choose from and whilst mine was a little expensive for here $45, the same treatment back in the UK would have cost $150 and more. I thoroughly recommend this salon!
Another of the many Highlands Coffee establishments dotted around Hanoi. This one opened when IPH did and continues to do a roaring trade.
It's super convenient to grab a quick banh my after going to the gym on the weekend or to have a cold drink to counter the heat and sweat from said gym. Staff are very friendly, service is agreeably quick. The premises are relatively small so sometimes there are few seats available. Apart from that, no complaints.
It's Highlands Cafe, true to label, much as you'd find anywhere else. Reliable and functional for what it is.
This is one of those "why the hell have I not been here before???" places.
If you're a meat lover (I am) these places are like heaven on earth. Fresh beef in various forms, a range of supporting veges, fresh bread with butter and garlic, and drinks. Makes for a wholesome and complete meal.
All cooked in a burner on the table out in the street. Simply delicious. Servings are very generous - unlikely anyone would go hungry.
I was fortunate to be taken here by a friend while we were out cruising. A spur of the moment stop turned into some of the best street food I have enjoyed in a long time. I'm forever grateful to be introduced here and will be back, regularly. This spot is well supported and popular. Groups rolled up on bikes or in cars, ate their full and moved on. A good place for people watching as well - always some form of entertaining people activities taking place.
A must for meatlovers who need a good fix every now and then.
Just got my health insurance from Nick. I had 100 questions to ask him and I did some shopping around before finally choosing the policy he offered. It definitely seemed the best. He knows what he's talking about.
He can be a little abrupt at times when answering questions, but that is down to being up front and honest. Something to appreciate really.
All good; I highly recommend.
I recently came across this shop and was quite impressed. They stock a wide variety of outdoor gear, similar to an REI or Eastern Mountain Sports if you are from North America.
As others have noted, the Goretex is not real (it is not laminated and would not keep you dry). However, they do sell some other very good quality gear, e.g. shirts, which appear to be made in the original factory. There is also a few local brands that are very good value for the money.
They sell a range of small camping stoves, backpacks, and many other items (even had an ocean kayak when I stopped by). In addition, they sell luggage on the second floor. Staff are helpful and the items are all labeled with the prices.
In short, you wouldn't buy gear for an expedition to Everest here, but for most other travel needs they provide decent gear for good prices.
I went here to purchase a mini Display Port to VGA adapter. Very good experience. They were one of the few shops to have this in stock and they charged a reasonable price (cheaper than the few other places that had one).
What really set them apart was their customer service. I returned the next day realizing that I had not received a receipt. There was some confusion due to language and they misinterpreted that I wanted to return the item. They immediately gave me a full refund, no questions asked (I then had to explain that I wanted to keep the item... just needed a receipt).
They also sell genuine Apple and after-market accessories (bags, etc.), and mac computers which sets them apart from the ubiquitous 'mac' iPhone stores. If you are looking for a genuine part with quality service this is a good place to check out.
Last time i went to Hanoi to travel for 1 week. lucky my friend recommended me a bike rental shop near the Sofitel plaza hotel. The shop have a lot of bike from vespa to wave and many more. I love vespa so i rent a vespa 150cc, the bike was good with reasonable price. The owner also give me free service for the bike. If next time i go back to hanoi, i will come back this bike shop for more
A great place overall with large selection and professional staff.
We were planning a trip to the Philippines and were able to find everything we needed from waterproof dive bags to flippers to other useful small items.
They also stock running shoes, hiking boots, and everything anyone could need for hiking.
In general, if you are planning a trip or just need some warm hiking socks, UMove is a much needed addition for Hanoi
I've been there with my wife many times now. Indeed, it's just the best french restaurant ever in Hanoi. The quality of the food and their tasty meal make my mouth feel i am in France. Furthermore, the prices compare to the quality of the food are really affordable, we could even say cheap. It's a place a recommend at 100% to eat french food as it should be.
Sophie is a very talented teacher but also a very nice person. Her lessons are clear with a good focus on pronounciation. Furhtermore she is flexible in scheduling. Another advantage is that the lessons can be specified on specific subjects you choose.
All in all, Sophie is a very talented and friendly person.
I visited the clinic today to have someone diagnose what I think is an eye infection. I thought the service was very good. If you've never been and don't speak Vietnamese, here are some things that might help you (I sure could have used the heads up):
First, prices: just for a consult, 200.000 VND (about $10).
Like many offices, the clinic is closed from 12-1pm, but they open promptly. If you can, bring someone who knows the language (I did not). It can be super confusing figuring out where to start in order to get the help you need, as all the signs are only in Vietnamese.
Walk through the motorbike entrance on Chua Van An, straight up the stairs, and into the small, dark 1st floor lobby. Just to the left, there will (probably) be someone in the large booth. The woman I met there spoke enough English to point the way.
The clinic is definitely natty and worn, and you just might find the young assistant cracking sunflower seeds & staring through you with apparent boredom as you explain why you've come.
But in a cool, aloof Hanoian way, everyone was nice, and helpful as I was passed from person to person and marched down this and that corridor.
Once I got to the right place, everything was smooth, with no waiting. I was given a small blue paper book that I think is basically my medical record, to bring with me if/when I come back.The doctor spoke OK English, and was very friendly and helpful; I've seen enough doctors in my life to say I trust this guy.
The whole visit took about 75 minutes - way faster than any walk-in clinic I've been to in the US. No procedures or meds, just a consult.
For something small, I'd go back, definitely.
I can't believe I'm the first person to write a review on this place. It is spot on. The service, food, and even the washroom is up to standards of the gastro foodie pubs in Toronto. They've got Czech Budvar on tap which is an amazing change from LaRue and Tiger. Try the pulled pork sandwich or the calamari as an app. Every Sunday they do a roast dinner as well. Don't expect bia hoi prices, but when you go for the experience it is worth every dong. Kieth the owner is super personable and really knows his stuff. No faults to be given! 100%.
Thumb up for Lustro Thai, quality food and brilliant taste.
Small number of Thai restaurant in Hanoi, getting real Thai favour is difficult but not at Lustro Thai.
Large area for many people not condensed like others restaurant. Kids can walk and run around with favour of kid menu.
Price look high but portion will make you easiy full. It worth and value for money
Had an excellent takeaway lunch from here today. The highlight was the Chile Pita bread, with excellently spiced pork and a lot of fresh veggies. The bun cha pizza was also good, although it could have done with some better cheese. Very good value for money and as close to a lunchtime takeaway sandwich joint as I am going to find in Hanoi. Only suggestion is that they reduce the minimum order limit for deliveries as at their low prices, it's hard to order 150,000 vnd of food for one person.