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Binh Nhuong Quan

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Name: Binh Nhuong Quan
Address: 28 Nguyen Thi Dinh, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi

Directions: Just off of Tran Duy Hung

Phone: (+84) (0)24 62818302
21.01234957264957 105.80373001092084 Category:

Description: A North Korean restaurant in the Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh neighborhood.
Rating: 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Based on 4 reviews.


Restaurant Type:
Beer-hall style
Opening Hours:

Speciality:
seafoodnoodle,kimchi
Take Out:
No
Delivery:
No

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address icon 2nd Floor, 285 Building, Doi Can Street, Ba Đình, Hanoi

phone number icon (+84) (0)2432321818

4 Reviews (Followed by 3 users)

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May 20th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

How many people can claim they have been to a North Korean restaurant before? That’s right, I didn’t think so. Well you have the opportunity to do just that in Hanoi, as Vietnam is one of the few foreign countries North Koreans are allowed to reside.

I love to try out new restaurants so when I first heard of this place I was really excited. It is located in the heart of K-town (Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh) and can be a bit difficult to find, as Nguyen Thi Dinh street has an upper side and a lower side (it’s not straight). The numbering is also a bit crazy and there are many Korean restaurants on the street so have some patience while searching for it. It’s one of the biggest restaurants on Nguyen Thi Dinh and has a large red sign that says Binh Nhuong (Pyongyang).

If you’re looking for something radically different from South Korean food, you will be disappointed. For the most part, the food is quite similar, though there are dishes that are only found in North Korea, like a seafood dish with a long skinny fish I’ve never seen before with nice, spicy condiments. The kimchi is also very different with the Northern version being a bit more salty and less spicy. There’s also a wonderful seafood noodle that would be the equivalent of the Korean puttanesca. The bbq meat is almost identical to the southern version.

But the food is just part of the experience here. The whole experience is something very surreal that perhaps can only be enjoyed in Hanoi. Most of the clients are from South Korea (with the exception of us – 1 Vietnamese and 2 Americans). Apparently this restaurant is somewhat of a novelty among the South Korean community in Hanoi. All the staff is from North Korea though, and the waitresses double as musicians at the end of the meal. They have a 3-set band and sing propaganda songs that sound just like, well, propaganda songs in Vietnam. Perhaps I appreciated it more than my friends, having grown up listening to this kind of music. They also have authentic soju bottles from North Korean that make you feel like you just step into a time machine. We spent just over 2 million for 4 people but we ordered several bottles of soju and a lot of beers. I think the typical price would be more like 300k/person if you don’t drink that much.

I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. It is a unique experience that you don’t get to enjoy very often. It is a 4-star restaurant in terms of food alone but taking into account everything Binh Nhuong Quan gets 5 stars from me.

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May 22nd, 2010 at 4:57 pm

A small 'chain' of North Korean restaurants have popped up in South-East Asia in recent years -- near identical restaurants can be found in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh and Vientiane.

It is rumoured they are owned by North Korean Embassy staff so I'll leave it up to you if you wish to support (a) the regime or (b) a crippled economy.

The restaurant is minimalist and propoganda-free with no photos of the Dear Leader in sight. The North Korean waitresses are hospitality students on three-year contracts. Immaculately dressed in blue uniforms they are friendly, polite, and speak more Vietnamese than English.

At 7:30pm every night the waitresses-turn-performers and put on an hour-long music show of North Korean songs, with the odd Celine Dion number thrown in for good measure. The clientele are nearly exclusively South Korean businessmen.

Highly recommended for something different -- try the insam-ju (Korean vodka infused with ginseng roots) to get started!

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January 27th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Service - top notch. Really attentive. The singing is nice too
Food - ok
Pricing: way too expensive. The bill for us came to VND1million ($50) per pax. And we had no clue what the bill was made of coz it's all in Korean
It's a nice experience to try once but i won't come back on regular basis unless to entertain some guests

August 8th, 2011 at 11:51 am

http://www.sebastianstrangio.com/2011/06/07/for-north-korean-state-waitresses-abroad-lives-of-rigor-and-temptation/

I'm found speechless. It's far too depressing and I don't think I can enjoy anything in this restaurant. Decide for yourself.

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