So just to be clear, I went to the new one on Van Phuc. It was fun! I loved the theme, very interesting.
I gather that the staff is pretty new, so the fact that the orders took awhile was fine, we weren't in a hurry.
I was told by two other patrons to butt out because of the non-smoking section (complete with ashtrays??), but was given a table three feet away where I was free to smoke, so it all worked out.
I hope this place does well in this location; it's very charming. They lost one star because of the slow service, and because of the huge roach on the wall that scared the shit out of everyone in the bar.
A traveller told me that Zenith was the nicest yoga studio she’d been to in SE Asia. “Really?” I responded. She said, “Well, there are nice ones in Thailand, too, but not quite like this.”
Perhaps what makes Zenith unique is that it is rooted in an Iyengar lineage that focuses on anatomy and alignment. This is the “authenticity” that it has to offer: strict yoga, perfect for the beginner to learn yoga safely as well as for the advanced yogi who is always willing to dig deeper into his/her practice.
But there’s more: workshops, Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundanlini, and Pilates.
As a Vinyasa teacher at Zenith, I continue my studies with Iyengar while tapping into my dance background: release technique, Somatics, Alexander technique, and a fond recalling of Horton technique. As a result, my Vinyasa classes are a potent mix of body-mind connection, and constant attention into fine-tuning how we sense and relate to ourselves in the process. In the course of an hour, I watch students’ posture change. With regular students, I witness them develop their asanas to shape stronger minds and bodies (and spirits!) into new dimensions, even as some heal old injuries.
For those near the Old Quarter, Zenith II on Duong Thanh is convenient, especially if you want to stay and have a vegetarian or vegan meal in Zenith’s café after class. They make hummus and falafel, which is my favorite since middle eastern food is difficult to find in Hanoi. I’m also vegan and have had some things made without dairy products on request.
You can also rent a bike to ride up around West Lake to Zenith’s first studio on Xuan Dieu in Tay Ho, which is more than worth it. One shouldn’t visit or live in Hanoi without a bike ride around its biggest lake surrounded by endless charismatic cafés, pagodas, and lotus ponds blooming through the summer.
Do it. Dig into a deeper practice with Zenith’s skilled teachers. Experiment with a yoga class in Vietnamese, or a bilingual class in English and Vietnamese. You will learn “inhale” and “exhale” in Vietnamese, and gain more unique knowledge than any tourist or expat! No matter the language of instruction, you will experience Hanoi through its international, and committed yoga community.
Visit Zenith's website for details: http://zenithyogavietnam.com/
This "review" is naturally biased considering my relationship with Zenith, but it comes from practicing yoga at many studios throughout the US. This is a yoga studio, not a fitness center, which is exactly what I love and appreciate most about it.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about yoga in Hanoi, or anything else about visiting or living in Hanoi here or @ email@example.com
Great atmosphere. Went on a Tuesday night and there was live music on the rooftop patio. Great breeze rolling through.
Ordered two caipirinha's. Very good, but quite strong (no complaints here though!)
Decided to get some food as take out - the grown up mac and cheese (oh how I've been missing cheese in Ha Noi!) and the three parisian macarons.
The Mac and Cheese was glorious. Exactly what I wanted. The Rocquefort does not overpower as I was fearing, and all the cheeses worked together seamlessly!
The only reason I took away a point was that I was less than impressed with the Macarons. They were quite hard, and didn't have the gorgeous shell and moist interior that I look for in a macaron. Maybe I have been spoiled with great ones in the past! As well, on the menu is states that you receive one of each flavour, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. I received two chocolates and no vanilla, and one strawberry. Not much of an issue though as I like chocolate.
I would definitely go back to Don's bistro.
While it is pricey for Vietnamese standards, its a bargain compared to cities in Europe and North America!
I am writing this testimonial, on my own suggestion, as a means of expressing my appreciation and admiration for the Mai Ka English Learning Centre here in Hanoi.
I cannot speak highly enough of Ms Emi and the management team. They were always friendly, understanding and appreciative and I can honestly say that I looked forward to going to work every day.
The quality of the students was excellent and I have made some good friends that I hope to remain in contact with now that my time in Hanoi has sadly come to an end.
My employment was as a casual native English speaking teacher. The majority of my work involved the correction of pronunciation and some minor grammatical adjustments. The students were always keen to learn and were very attentive during our sessions. The majority of my students were working professionals and very intelligent people in their own right. Most of them had been learning English from a very young age and understood me very well. I also had no problem understanding them which made for a terrific environment in the classroom.
I taught a variety of classes for the center ranging from one to one instruction to larger classes of 5 or 6 students. I found classes of this size perfect because it really gave me a chance to pay individual attention to each student and I could really get a sense of their individual improvement. As I have alluded to above teaching classes of this size with these types of students is perfect for meeting people and I am proud to call each one of my students friend.
My pay was always correct and always on time and I was never given any reason nor had any suggestion that this would ever not be the case.
If you are a teacher looking for work in Hanoi you would be hard pressed to find a better place to ply your trade.
Thank you Ms Emi and thank you Mai Ka Learning for making my stay in Hanoi that much sweeter!
Justin Martin NSW Australia
You kind of get to a point, living in Vietnam when you give up searching for a decent pizza, stop ordering steak or spaghetti because you can't handle the disappointment and heart break of receiving the sometimes most expensive meal on the menu and it tasting blande or having misleading or missing ingredients etc.
Paolo and Chi. I can say with all honesty that the pizzas you get here are most probably the best in Hanoi and possibly Vietnam. I am a regular late night pizza customer and they never put a foot wrong or deliver anything short of delicious.
Why I love this place; there is so much love, care and evident dedication the craft of making Italian food. they have all the genuine ingredients(different types of cheese oh my God) so if you feel like eating the real thing in regards to pizza this it's the best place.
As for the rest of the menu it's worth checking out, personally I've only tried the pizzas and had salad as a side which was fresh and delicious heaps of cracked pepper and olives yum.
Went here tonight and it was so beautiful! The food was fantastic, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere was fantastic.
We had the mixed grill for two and a serve of hummus. The plate was very large and we didn't quite finish it. There was a very generous serving of delicious meats - all tender and fresh, roasted vegetables, bread and a couple of small dips. The highlight was the Lamb Kofta, which was incredible. The hummus could have done with a bit of a kick as it was a bit bland but other than that the food was perfect. One of the best meals I've ever had in Hanoi.
The service was fantastic, just how you want it, there when you want but not lingering awkwardly. Staff spoke very good English and a (presumably?) Lebanese manager came and spoke to us when the centre turned the outside lights off - the restaurant is open longer than the mall.
The view and beautiful atmosphere really stole the night. Even though it is inside a mall, there is very beautiful mood lighting inside and a gorgeous outside balcony. It is actually quite a romantic atmosphere with the low lighting and music. It was a very enjoyable evening.
It is worth nothing that it was quite pricey for Hanoi standards. With tax and service charge and two beers, a juice and a water, our meal cost almost 1 million dong. Luckily there was a 30% discount for the soft-opening! Go there and try it out, you won't be disappointed!
"Vegetarian" has no place in the tags for this restaurant, with soups that are made from beef/chicken stock and ham (or fish) on every salad on the menu. When I'm salad-desperate I've picked it off the salads at L's place, and they're not bad, but for a diet and fresh food delivery service to have nothing vegetarian besides cole-slaw...there's something odd going on.
Edit: Maybe I'm missing the purpose of the "fail" tag. I've been assuming it was to suggest that the review was inaccurate...but maybe it actually means that the reader is just unhappy with the review. If the latter is the case, then I have no issue. But if the purpose of marking my review "fail" is to suggest that I'm incorrect, then please PM me and direct me to the vegetarian food on the menu and I will redact my 2-star assessment.
I've got to add my agreement with the other reviews. Kyle is a prompt, polite and professional young man. He fixed a power/cable problem with my almost new laptop which required him to take it back to his workshop. In so doing, he left his ID card with me as insurance. He kept me informed of what the problem was and how much it would cost and fixed the problem within 24 hrs. He also gave me a 6 mnth quarantee and offered to fix the problem for free at any point during that time. I'll certainly use his services again. RECOMMENDED!
I also feel the need to counter blueeyes' review although it pains me to do so as I consider him a friend. But the way he has been acting recently, specifically the flyer campaign mentioned in aaaaah's review, warrants another opinion.
I love teaching at Nam Anh English Center. It's not perfect as aaaaah mentioned, but it is a great place to teach because the staff are responsive, the other teachers are great and the facilities are good (computers and flat screen tv's). Perhaps the best thing about Nam Anh English Center, however, are the students; the children and teenagers actually want to learn English (as opposed to being forced by their parents). Teaching them is a great joy for me.
If you're a teacher, this is a great place to work. They gave me my first shot when I moved here and they have been great ever since. And if you're a student looking to learn English, please come by the center and check things out for yourself.
(Note: I'm not a manager at Nam Anh or anything like that...just a part-time teacher wanting to get the truth out there.)
So much of the stuff you get here looks good in a catalog or a website but fails to live up to the promise in real life.
We needed a new chest of drawers and did not want wicker or the overly ornate/tacky we saw in the shops. We also didn't want to pay the prices of some of the places up the Veggy's end of Xuan Dieu.
We emailed Maroon Drift wood with an explanation of what we wanted and in a day or so we had a range of options from which we picked a design with our specifications and measurements.
One visit to the shop to pay a deposit and then a few weeks later it is ready. And it's great - the wood, the smooth sliding drawers and the overall finish.
Trang was great in keeping us up to date with any delays and arranging delivery for us at a convenient time. If we need anything else made we'll be heading back here for sure.
My wife tells me the intersection of Lac Long Quan and Au Co is where the mother and father of Vietnam and their 100 children decided to part. The father went to the sea and the mother to the mountains, each with 50 kids. While I don't quite understand how Hanoi's Lac Long Quan leads to the sea, you CAN find a little bakery just a few storefronts up on the left side Lac Long Qaun. They have a delicious 'fat bread' that is bigger and heavier than a dinner roll. It's yeasty with a nice brown crust. Perfect with butter, peanut butter, cheeses or for soaking up meat juices. It's made six times a day. If you find yourself at this end of the city it's worth a try.
I've been ordering from slim every weekend for a couple of months now. Each time I get exactly what I asked for, the delivery is always swift and the delivery guy always very polite. The food itself is excellent, I'm known as a bit of a salad dodger and find them generally quite boring and therefore hard to order but slim salads are full of flavour and very satisfying. My only critique would be that the menu is quite limited so a star off for that. Try the carrot cake though!
December 2012 Pricing, applicable as of 22nd December 2012
4 Price of electricity for business
1 Voltage of 22 kV or more
a) Normal hours: 2.004
b) Off-peak: 1.142
c) Peak: 3.442
2 Voltage of 6 kV and less than 22 kV
a) Normal hours: 2.148
b) Off-peak: 1.286
c) Peak: 3.557
3 Voltages below 6 kV
a) Normal hours: 2.177
b) Off-peak: 1.343
c) Peak: 3.715
5 Retail prices of electricity for daily life
Retail prices of electricity
1 For kWh from 0-50kWh (the poor): 993
2 From 000 to 100 kWh for everyone else: 1.350
For kWh from 101 to 150: 1.545
For 151-200 kWh from: 1.947
For kWh from 201 to 300: 2.105
For kWh from 301 to 400: 2.249
kWh from 401 to more: 2.307
Definition of Peak Times:
Monday-Saturday: 4am to 9:30am, 11:30am to 5pm, 8pm to 10pm.
Sunday: 4am to 10pm
Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 11:30am, 5pm to 8pm
All week: 10pm to 4am.
This makes the average hour of a week 16/28 normal, 5/28 peak and 7/28 off-peak.
Which makes the sub-6kV average business hour 2.243 before VAT, slightly less than the second-top tier of the personal use scale.
Interestingly, this release includes wholesale pricing... And it looks like the 0-100kWh wholesale price for apartment complexes is actually _higher_ than the retail price...
This little repair shop for mainly the Apple products is a very good, high quality low(er) price service.
Broke my iPhone 4s screen and needed it to be repaired. Cheap Chinese repair option for 900K exists, but took the recommended higher quality part at 1.2 mil VND (price is 1.6mil VND at the place I bought the phone). Took 20-30 minutes to replace the screen, which is a short wait at the cafe around the corner.
The owner speaks slow and clearly in both vietnamese and English, the quality of the work is good. They work very methodically and test all functions before returning the phone to you, and they gave me a 1 month guarantee on the screen (Except obviously if I drop it on the floor ;-)).
They gave me a new anti-finger print protection screen for no added cost.
I give it 5-stars based on the fact that they did everything 100% and I cannot think of any complaints.