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Số 7, Phố Nguyễn Khả Trạc, Phường Mai Dịch, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
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Brunch for 4 today ran about $100, after a 25% discount for our Eurocham card.
The restaurant was empty when we arrived, and at it's fullest had maybe 9 other tables (only one of which smoked- thankfully towards the end of our meal, and man, can one single cigarette waft with insufficient ceiling fan/smoke removal)
At first glance the brunch didn't look very exciting, and seemed mainly cold seafood dishes (2 of the 4 corners were cold seafood, one was the hot food, the remaining one was cheese/bread), but as we looked more closely there were about 8 carefully prepared and delicious hot items,plus a perfectly cooked turkey with three sauces, plus things availble to be made to order on the grill. The plates are small and seem designed for encouraging you to taste as much as possible. The fresh pretzels were mouth-watering, and I was very sad they ran out (all were on my plate) as I could have eaten a dozen.
We ended up sitting there for close to 3 hours, eating and talking.
There was free flow wine available,and the servers were attentive and quick to repour. We were also offered welcome appletinis or passionfruitinis. Very strong.
I can easily see returning for another lazy brunch in a month or so.
Went there last friday for the first time for the seafood buffet. Restaurant was pretty empty with just a group of ten Japanese businessmen and another couple.
The variety of food was good, some cold, few hot, overall quality was good.The variety of cold stuff was wider and obviously the better choice. Some unusual combinations (squid and chickpeas salad). The soft shell crab - although meant to be hot and crispy - was cold and greasy and not at all appealing. The very few oysters have certainly seen better days (dry and tired). Two of the deserts were nice (almond tart and chocolat mousse), the rest was either bland or too sweet.
Interior design is somewhat cool, purple/beige retro style and there was no distinctive atmosphere in the restaurant itself, maybe due to the very few patrons.
Staff was kind but not too attentive, although there was not much to do apart from repouring drinks.
Price is stiff with US 35 but includes one welcome drink (so-so sparkling wine) and free flow of red and white wine, beer and still water.
What I did not like at all is what they charge for the coffee: a ridiculous and absolutely inappropriate US 4.50 for one single espresso (so the two of them at US 9 turned out to make more than one tenth of the whole bill). Shame on you !!!!
I'd call this a genuine rip-off. Reason enough to avoid this place for good.
This is THE PLACE when you want/need a taste of Switzerland~~Rosti any kind of way you can think of. Or just get the Rosti Quattro and try four different kinds at once. Only during the week at lunch tho' can you celebrate the Rosti with so many flavors. If you're not a Rosti fan(but who doesn't like crispy potatoes?), there is another option. Choose from any number of entrees starting at 12USD(chicken, salmon, roast beef, etc.), and enjoy the accompanying salad & dessert buffet. On Sundays, Mangosteen has a lovely brunch for $29/pp, free flow beer, wine, or soft drinks. Good bit less than the other big hotel brunches. Setting is more intimate than the large brunches at other places. Love the mangosteen theme on the silk runners and purples everywhere from the chairs to the glasses. Situated on the mezzanine level, you can opt for a window view of Ly Thuong Kiet or my favorite table-overlooking the gorgeous lobby chandelier through a huge round window. Another wonderful restaurant choice in Hanoi.
The new restaurant at the newest Hanoi hotel, the Movenpick, is a chic affair, with a bold purple, brown and cream decor. We went for their signature dish, rosti, the Swiss potato and cheese speciality. My authentic Swiss dining partner confirmed that its the real deal and most deserving of 4 stars. No one does potato and cheese like the Swiss.
The rosti is available every day of the week and costs $US7-9 each for very decent serving. The original rosti with appenzeller is just superb.
There is also a buffet with Vietnamese and Western food, and an a la carte menu.
It's not a cheap lunchtime menu but definite value for the rosti!
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