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Directions: 18 Phan Boi Chau str, Tran Hung Dao Ward, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, 10000 (Between Ly Thuong Kiet and Hai Ba Trung street, one block East of Le Duan)Phone: (+84) 3942 8162/63
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.
It's funny when things work out so well and even more amusing at the ever-busy Quan An Ngon.
I had to make a reservation for 29 people - daunting because I'd never booked for that many before and my father specifically requested that we ate there.
I called two days in advance and was asked to pre-order some food from the menu that would be emailed to me. The email didn't come until a follow-up call the next day so I chose some items, crossed my fingers, gave directions to my father's group and hoped they'd be able to fend for themselves until I arrived.
Imagine my surprise when I turned up 20 minutes late to find the party seated in a semi-private room, with many of the dishes I'd pre-ordered already happily consumed, with no guarantee to the restaurant that our group would even show up!
The follow-up orders came very promptly, which has always been my experience there. The staff were relaxed and smiling, another thing that I have seen as being the norm. A smuggled in birthday cake was happily cut up and served on plates for our large party.
Yep tourists love this place but so many locals do too. I'd like to count myself as one of them.
This place could really be wonderful if they executed it properly. It is a great concept, street food brought together under one management and a beautiful setting; however, they miss the mark by a long ways. I have been here 3 times, but nevermore.
The food is not terrible, somethings are even good, but overall, it is fairly boring. It does not compare at all with its cousins on the street. Everything is toned down and "safe", but can be suitable for new comers and to take short-term visitors that don't have the time to dine around.
Now about the service: The wait staff is indifferent at best, offering very little or no guidance as to what to do or order or even the procedures. I have noticed some guests getting nice attention and even being walked around to show them the food but, alas, that has not happened for me! I was there recently on a busy Friday evening and patiently waited for 45 minutes after putting my name on the waiting list, noting my request for a no smoking area since my kid was with us, but after we were finally seated, we ended up in a corner full of people smoking like locomotives. I told the hostess that I had requested the clean-air section and she promptly quipped, "then you will have to put down your name and start again." No apology, no sympathy, nothing!!! I promptly left never to return. You can make your own choice as to whether this establishment is worth visiting, you could still have a good experience; I will not waste my time here again.
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
I have been a frequent patron of this restaurant since moving here 15 months ago due to it's variety of dishes, proximity to my house and quality of food. It was always the place I brought out of towners and met friends here very often. However, my last two or three visits have been very disappointing. The quality of the food is considerably lower than it had been in previous months and the service was lukewarm at best.
I am not an unreasonable person, and I do understand if you are "out" of my dish (though they were out of three peoples dishes and mine was seafood fried RICE) however, I'd like to be informed so I can make another selection. I sat there waiting for my dish that never came until I asked twenty-five minutes later and they were like, "Oh we're out. sorry."
As I said, if the food had been on par with the exceptional standards I'd become accustomed to,I'd like the poor service slide. However , it hasn't I found out that they recently changed ownership which could perhaps be an explanation for the deterioration.
I don't think I'll go back.
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