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76 Yen Phu, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“A restaurant with a strange name in a strange place. "Tivoli Cafe" and yet there is no Italian food. Coffee, I guess? And the Hanoi Club is just odd. Is it a hotel? A country club? Social club? And yet, the food here is actually good and cheap. Seen a foreign chef milling about. Looke...”
Great first experience here last night - odd that nobody else has reviewed it. Fantastic wine list, loads of wines from every region to meet all price ranges. Proper dining atmosphere if you're eating and even if you're not, you can perch around wine barrel tables or on the counter facing out the window.
Food was really excellent - challenging even Bobby Chinn for best restaurant in Tay Ho. I had crispy pork belly with colcannon - generous and excellently prepared. The menu is extensive and thoughful - a creative mix of western and Vietnemese dishes - good spread of meat, fish and veggie options. Most mains between $10 - $20. We actually didn't enjoy the other main that we ordered, but that is down to personal taste rather than the quality of the dish. They noticed that we didn't eat it, and insisted on removing it from our bill.
Service was friendly and professional and the decor is understated and comfortable. Classy table spread and comfortable chairs. Background music was actually background (so rare in Hanoi).
Seriously, this place ticks all the boxes - there is nothing weird about it. This is a place to go for a high-end meal in relaxing surroundings. I hope standards remain high, but I think they will - I gather it's part of a chain of businesses in Vietnam. Recommended.
We had a very pleasant birthday dinner in the cellar of this restaurant earlier in the week. I really can't fault the helpfulness of the manageress who went well out of her way and took immense pains to ensure that everything was as we wanted it to be.
The food was good, although the menu is possibly on the skimpy side for vegetarian diners. Most dishes have a western bias (although there's an interesting curry starter on offer).
My only very minor moan is that I asked for wasabi mashed potatoes to replace the pumpkin puree which was to accompany my dish of tea-smoked duck (which was very nice, although could have been just a fraction pinker). The dish was served as I had requested, but I was charged extra for the mashed potatoes which seemed rather greedy on the part of the management considering I was in effect paying double for only one serving of vegetable.
Apart from that, I would recommend this restaurant for a special night out as there are enough interesting dishes on the menu to keep most people happy and the food was well cooked and well presented too.
And what a pleasure to drink some decent wine again.
Eaten from here twice in the past week (delivery, not dine in) and the food has been awesome!
Fresh, really great flavours and generous portion sizes.
Will have to try dine-in.
If you are looking for something which is not Vietnamese food, here is a great place.
In my top 5 places in Ha Noi.
Update (July 2013): Have now had a chance to dine in and was even more impressed with this restaurant.
Update (August 2013): Need to update my review.
The food from here continues to be good - HOWEVER, portion sizes are highly variable.
I get delivery from here often and you can never tell whether you will receive a enormous portion or a postage stamp portion.
Forget the pork belly, it's a sample sized taste of meat.
This place has good food, but is just not consistent.
A friend took me here for lunch today having raved about it being her favourite restaurant in Hanoi.
The food is divine - we had Sea Bass Ceviche which was gorgeous and Salt & Pepper Calamari which was fresh and delicious. Could not fault it.
Some changes are afoot in terms of making it more of an all round eating venue which is great. The young chef is Fijian and a definite star.
If you live in Tay Ho get yourself along here and enjoy the superb food, there's a fabulous wine cellar downstairs and some interesting dining spaces both up and downstairs.
If you don't live in Tay Ho - there's no excuse, it's easy to find and well worth a taxi, bus or bike ride!
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