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address icon 19/F Pacific Place, 83B Ly Thuong Kiet , Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi

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March 23rd, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I have been here twice now, 1st time was to meet up with a friend as this place is local to me, 120K VND for a glass of draft beer (this was about six weeks ago) I nearly spat the beer out when I found out but it was too precious to waste, needless to say one drink then we left!

Went here recently with my girlfriend to sample the food as the menu looked promising, not a great idea. We were trying to work out if this place was a bar trying to be a restaurant or the other way round, defiantly a bar with expensive bar food in a very confusing menu (It was all over the place).

First issue when we sat down was the plumes of cigar smoke from business types, fair enough they were outside on the balcony but it seemed to drift our way so we moved but the smoke followed and the music was too loud for a restaurant and definitely not of the background dining type.

Service was good but it should have been since I counted 18 bar/waiter staff so a 1 to 2 ratio staff/customers (not counting kitchen staff) on an early midweek evening. They looked bored and chatted amongst themselves, no problem except one decided to remove the 2 extra places on our table three quarters the way through our meal which was a bit odd.

Food was OK but nothing to write home about, my girlfriend had a very thin “steak” with the wrong sauce and I had tough pork ribs but the breaded coating was nice.

Not sure if we will be back, maybe for drinks & if so I will rethink my rating.

Edit: -

Just had a nice cheap lunch here and the place was busy, 70 to 80k for their set lunch specials. Drinks are a bit expensive though, Coke for 40k and beer for 60k (also mix drinks for 90k and cocktails for 125k) but I guess that just offsets the price of lunch and these are the normal prices for this place it seems. I think I was a bit harsh with my 2 star rating and I did get some feedback from the management although I came on a "special" night the 1st time and nope it wasn't Valentines night as I was in Halia with my girlfriend. I guess this is the place to come for a swanky drinks evening.