(Photo by Theo Lowenstein)
As food concepts go, the humble sandwich is about as simple as it gets, and is enjoyed in various forms all over the world. Rosemary Kitchen and Sandwicherie is one of a growing number of Hanoi sandwich joints taking a step away from the locally revered banh mi in favour of sliced bread and more imaginative fillings.
Uber trendy uber noodles are back with a bang, as Moto-San returns to its original location close to the Opera House, now with added second floor goodness.
In a sublimely quiet location on the shores of West Lake, the brightly coloured Honolulu Kitchen is open for business. This bright new, Hawaiian-themed restaurant with a penchant for pancakes and banh mi is open daily from 7.30am to 10.30pm.
With fish from the East Sea and potatoes from Dalat, Eastside Fish & Chips brings the feel and taste of a Western-style fish-and-chip shop to Danang, right down to the food being wrapped in paper and eaten with a wooden chip fork.
Carnivores rejoice! That stretch of bars and restaurants running along the lake from Warehouse has just got itself another player, The Fat Pig.
If you’re wondering what happened to Linh & Ben on Xuan Dieu, well now you know — it’s moved to Hang Buom in the Old Quarter.
There’s a new Thai spot in town, and it’s called Tuk Tuk. Tucked away just off Hoan Kiem Lake on Hang Hanh, the restaurant is currently working out its kinks with a soft opening, but the cozy, colourful space shows major promise.
A 12-year veteran of the Saigon scene, La Habana maintains its charming, Spanish-terrace-inspired premises in District 1. Any night of the week, just off the main drag of Hai Ba Trung and along Cao Ba Quat, you’ll hear live music floating from its cavernous entertainment area. On the Thursday night we visited, it was ballad night, and a regular band from the Philippines were filling the place.
Located close to Ben Thanh Market, this recently opened bistro and café is getting some plaudits. So what does our Mystery Diner say? Photos by Francis Xavier
Opened in February Jake’s lies quietly on Pasteur next to Number 5 Bar, on the site formerly occupied by Mogambo’s. This American BBQ and bar has a simple, diner-themed interior with a long bar counter taking up half the space.