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Name: Thang Long Nhat Quan
Address: 97 Nguyen Hoang Ton, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi

Directions: Just outside the Ciputra gate, closest to Jafa

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Description: An open-air Vietnamese restaurant just outside of the Ciputra gates.
Rating: 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 1 reviews.

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address icon R.206 CT1-1 Building, Me Tri Ha Str, My dinh, Từ Liêm, Hanoi

phone number icon 0913345152

1 Review

December 18th, 2008 at 11:23 am

This is less a review, more a public service announcement for anyone in Ciputra and thinking Jafa's is the only option.

Outside the gate closest to Jafa, across the road, there is an awesome restaurant made completely out of Bamboo. The name is Thang Long (like so many other places in Hanoi) but we always called it Bamboo, because we are lazy and like descriptive names. For the three months we were living in exile at Ciputra, Bamboo was our local. The staff were friendly but didn't have much English (we did some token lessons with them, gave them some phrasebooks and learned some token Vietnamese off them). Only one I knew still works there, but Nguyet is still as friendly as ever, and is much more fluent now, so it is even easier to talk to her.

The fare is standard Vietnamese grub, with a wide selection of meats (your standard beef, fish, chicken and a few ones that are nice to have every now and then to break up the monotony like frog). They do awesome roast chicken (Vietnamese style, not the sage and onion like back home), their spring rolls are great, and pretty much all the squid and snail options are fantastic. A magnificent point in their favour is that even though it is only about the distance of a tennis court from Ciputra, the prices are "normal" and not insanely inflated.

Their bia hoi is good, they also have bia hanoi in bottles, though it is not cold, and it is the dodgy smash it up with a hammer ice to cool it (I have friends who are leery of it, but I generally believe in the healing properties of booze and figure that will kill anything manky in it - though we did swap back to the bia hoi when we saw them take to a rat with the mallet they were breaking the ice up with, and returned to making smaller chunks). They have a bunch of the herbal ruou as well, and the ones I've had have always been tasty and not too rough. Often there will be a big party going, and we have frequently been invited over for a few toasts and a broken English/Vietnamese conversation.

Five stars for Bamboo, 3 for each of the months I was at Ciputra (as we frequented it about 8 days out of ten), one for the food (not to imply that the food is worth just one star), and one star for a huge heaping of nostalgia for me every time I go there.

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