Club De L’Oriental
Club De L’Oriental Hanoi Reviews
Club De L’Oriental, Hanoi Mar 31, 2010
This chic contemporary upmarket Vietnamese restaurant is located somewhere north if the Opera House and east of the Metropole. It is tastefully furnish with the lower cellar accommodating the wine cellars and lounge area for drinks. The French Manageress stops us from taking photos of the restaurant. We are only allowed to take photos if we are in the photos. I did nevertheless sneak some.
The set menu pricing ranges up to USD$ 65 per person minus drinks. There were 17 of us and we ordered the USD$45 per person set menu, total 8 course and we all drank Philipponnat Champagne, Italian Whites and Chilean red throughout the night.
I may not know all the names of the food but will try to describe it as best as I could. The first course is Pho Bo, the infamous Vietnamese beef noodles. Served in petite portion with much subtle stock than the ones we have on the streets yet with much finese. Second course, the crispy deep fried flat spring rolls, crisp bean curd skins filled with crab meats and some finely chopped vegetables. Third course, grilled chicken skewers with lemongrass which was prepared with such care that you could taste the lemongrass on your palate even after the chicken is way in your tummy. Fourth course, prawns deep fried with battered and garnish with chilly flakes and chopped fried garlic. Fifth, sixth and seventh course were served simultaneously which comprise of rice, looks like sticky or glutinous rice but it’s not, it’s just rice which is a little bit sticky and braised pork in dark sauce and stir fried mixed vegetables. Last course, the dessert, caramelized mango flambé with liqueur. Personally I find there’s too much liqueur for the mango. Simple food but one of the better ones we had as compared to the first two nights restaurants that we visited.
It is a fine dining restaurant; dress code should at least be smart casual. Getting dress up would be much nicer.
Part of the Hanoi 2010 travel blog
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