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Directions: Between Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung, one block East of Le Duan.Phone: +84 4 39428162
I love this restaurant! When I just moved to Vietnam, quan an ngon helped me to know vietnamese cuisine better. They have a nice combination of street food spirit and old villa restaurant approach. They are not pricy as well as good quality of food. I recommend to everybody who want to start the big journey exploring food of vietnam
We live close to Quan an Ngon and it always packed, with queues most evenings and taxis of tourists turning up every 5 minutes, but I still have no idea why. It is a nice setting, but each of the times we have been there have been just OK, certainly nothing to rave about.
Last time we went mid afternoon and it was not so busy - about 30% capacity. We ordered 3 drinks and saw the waitress write them all down, then ordered 4 dishes between 2 of us. Two drinks came, then garlic fried rice, which was cold. Next came pho, and after we had finished we enquired about our other dishes. They had been forgotten, so an hour after we sat down we got our special BBQ beef by itself. The 3rd drink never materialised. At the end we had to ask for our bill 3 times and wait 15 minutes till it arrived.
There is so much good food to be had in Hanoi I can only imagine that this place thrives on its guidebook and Tripadvisor reviews, not on return customers.
The food and drinks across the road at the Larue Bia Hoi are just as good for 1/3 the price.
I went there for lunch after reading a bunches of comments on TNH.
You have so many options to choose. All look good. Most customers are western. Seem like for "Tay" as someone mentioned.
The food is good enough for me, it is more than average but not to the top I think. Anyway I like it as you have chance to try a lot of the traditional Vietnamse dishes.
You might want to come at least once to enjoy.
For those wary of 'street food' here is your answer - clean, quality Vietnamese food within a great courtyard atmosphere.
Let me start by saying there is no substitute for hitting the street, in search of those elusive food purveyors selling some of the less well known dishes of rat, dog, cat & frog - the truly authentic 'good stuff' - however for those who feel a homogenised 'clean' alternative is necessary, read on, as this is the place for you.
I'm working my way through the menu & currently half way in - if you're unsure of what to order wander around & have a good 'butchers' at what's on offer; point, ask & all will be revealed - I quite often dine solo -'sad bastard'!- & occasionally i've no idea what it is i've ordered! the resulting dishes are always good, if not a little surprising for the kind friendly staff who humour me, as I ponder the new arrivals 'provenence'!
Tapioca Cakes with Dried Shrimp are reminiscent of something very male! & when dipped in the spicy sour sauce they really take off, with texture & flavour making these a perfect entree to a hot date! not for the faint hearted!
Button Quail Salad - subtley smoked, on the bone, generous raw vegetable salad with a piquant dressing worthy of any London brasserie - I eat it 'bones n all' - adds to the flavour!
Last night for 120k vnd we splashed out on a Shrimp Sugar Cane Pancake - superb - it arrives with fresh rice paper to roll your own, saladings, herbs, a different dipping sauce- the restauarnt was roaring, however our waiter found time to put on his gloves & peel the prawns for us - was it the 'tip' he wanted or just to 'gawp' at my particularly gorgeous dinng companion? hey ho, it was a classy touch!
This place is busy & to accommodate us they have staff by the bus load - I've never encountered a problem here, but those who do should simply ask for help! - like so many Vietnamese establishments, English is spoken & with a courteous tone 'everything' is possible - though miracles take time!
Beef Stew cooked in Red Wine with Baguette - delicious on a cold winters evening - the Malaysian couple next to me were so taken with it, they ordered the same!
Noodle Soups, Crispy Noodles with Fried Beef & Morning Glory - really very good indeed - perhaps a little homogenised for some, but I couldn't fault it.
One of my favourites is Shrimp Cakes from somewhere or other - whole shrimp in a light batter with a clear sour dipping sauce - off the scale & other than when eaten on Phu Quoc Island, the best to date.
Quan an Ngon caters for all budgets from 65k vnd upto serious money!
Its a great concept, the best advice is, 'get involved', drink hot tea & remember it always busy, which frankly is a bloody good thing as this ensures the food is extraordinarily fresh.
Thought I'd post a review of this small little undiscovered place. I heard that they served "street food" so I arrived hoping to sit on some kiddie furniture and be assaulted by bus fumes and hawkers while I ate. But no! Street food for Tay people! I finally found where to take first time visitors to Vietnam, to let them settle with some nice food and relax, just when they about to go mad from dodging motorbikes all day in the Old Quarter. Not such a bad place.
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