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I had dinner here the other night and was delighted to see that it has already got an entry on here.
It is a popular joint as could be seen from the number of people coming and going. I initially thought it was sushi but no, it has every combination of Japanese food except sushi. In fact I ate so much food that I was ready to burst when I left.
There is a small heating part in the middle of the table should you be so bold as to cook your own beef. There is also the option of the private booths or simply out with the rest of the riff-raff.
Whatever option you select I am sure you cannot go wrong with your choice of food here. Everything looked so fresh and tasty, not only for me but for everyone that sat around me. Well worth a visit if you are in the area for the blues club!
We came for okonomiyaki. The taste and the portion are ok I think. My friend who has got served real okonomiyaki in Japan says the okonomiyaki here aren't 100% Japan and has been altered to match the taste of the Vietnamese crowd (I guess the same for other restaurants in town). The food is a bit more pricey than Hana Restaurant.
It was Friday evening and there was only a Vietnamese couple (overheard the guy apologized her lady friend for he didn't expect the restaurant to not have sushi or sashimi)
Okonomiyaki were good, however their chazuke tasted worse than an instant one I could make myself at home.
The thing is, when the bill came out it didn't match with what was stated in the menu, so I told them they should tell their guests beforehand that they were going to charge in USD instead of VND, and the prices on the menu was from 2 years ago. In the end I did get my bill recalculated but the staff's (or the lady running the place?) face was not so subtly displeased and she kept telling us since we were Vietnamese we already didn't have to pay the tax.
Dude, I expect to pay what is written on your menu. Also I would also like to get a thank you when I hand over the money and say thank you to you, which I didn't get.
I did like their okonomiyaki but I suppose I won't be returning again.
Their Tiger draft is overpriced (I was told 32,000 VND for one of those skinny, cylindrical mugs), and I caught the lady there sipping from the head of one of the beers she was pouring for a customer. That was a little unnerving. She wasn't even pouring full glasses. The top quarters of them were foam. The fried chicken was ok but a bit sinewy. The potato salad was a little warm and gooey, but I was hungry and it was passable. The edamame was fine.
The same lady pouring beers, who is also the cashier, sneezed into her right hand as she was using a couple of metal spatulas to prepare a pancake, the specialty of the joint. She thought nothing of this just as she didn't bat an eye when slurping on a customers beer foam. Perhaps I'm being a bit severe, but I don't expect this level of thoughtlessness and lack of hygiene at a Japanese restaurant, no matter what city it's in. She never cleaned her hand. Earlier posts of unhygienic instances make total sense to me.
The bill is given in dollars exchanged into VND. I only had VND. The USD was converted into VND at the exchange rate of 21.500 VND to $1 USD. For just a few simple items and one beer, my bill came out to 258.000 VND.
It took a while for them to bring me the check. As I was leaving, the dude who runs the place beckoned me to stay for a moment while he counted the cash I left on the bill. Once he was satisfied he gave me a brief smile and out the door I went.
I've been to a few Japanese places in town, and you'd do much better by seeking out another place in my opinion. This is the first negative experience I've had at a Japanese restaurant in Hanoi.
I give two stars because the food was at least edible. There's no way I'll return to this place.
Never had Japanese pancakes before. What a lovely surprise. Tried the Hiroshima my first time. Will try the prawn one next, there will definitely be a next time.
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