Restaurants in Hanoi
Most restaurants in Hanoi serve Vietnamese food, including staples such as Pho Ga (chicken noodle soup) and Pho Ba (beef noodle soup). For those traveling on a budget, there are numerous Hanoi restaurants that offer delicious eats for cheap, as well as a bustling street vendor scene that serves exotic local delicacies, including cobra foodstuffs, dog meat and boiled duck eggs. Be warned, however: Hygiene varies dramatically from stall to stall.
For those looking for a more upscale dining experience, there are numerous high-end Hanoi restaurants, including KOTO. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in Hanoi, KOTO is a not-for-profit establishment that provides career training to disadvantaged teens and kids. The restaurant’s excellent mission is matched by its excellent food, which includes traditional Vietnamese dishes, as well as more international fare, such as a delicious take on fish and chips. Another standout choice: Ly Club, a Vietnamese restaurant housed in a former French colonial mansion that serves dishes made from local ingredients, such as sautéed clams with lemongrass and salmon baked in a banana leaf.
The bohemian soul of Hanoi’s café scene is Nang, a 1956 landmark on Hang Bac Street whose 74-year-old owner, Ms. Thai, still brews nearly every cup herself. (Her father-in-law, who lived in Paris for a spell, taught her how to French-roast the beans.) Ms.
Northern Vietnam’s signature seafood dish takes a star turn at this Old Quarter canteen. Firm white snakehead fish is marinated in galangal, shrimp paste, and turmeric, then sautéed at your table over a charcoal burner and served with vermicelli noodles, fish sauce, and a mountain of dill.
Pho Gia Truyen, on Bat Dan Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, doesn’t look like much from the outside—or from the inside, for that matter. The room has a clock, two fans, three bare lightbulbs, and a handful of communal tables.
The owner recruited an all-star roster of street-food vendors to cook their signature dishes in the courtyard of an old villa, added menus and table service, and watched the crowds pour in—not just foreigners but also well-heeled Vietnamese, who can’t get enough of the place.