Restaurant Review: Cafe Hanoi

Auckland Heart of the City Restaurant Month!

Our usual party of 5 has gone food hunting again, this time we went for the Restaurant Month – Cafe Hanoi!

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Behind the red doors it lies a warm, welcoming place. No booking is taken for dinner, but you can book for the private function room or drop in a little earlier to ‘reserve’ a table. On the night we were there, there were a few large parties but the service was prompt and attentive.

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We ordered three portion of the Restaurant Month set menu and “modern Vietnamese” dishes, which includes:

  • Phở Ga – Traditional Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (Restaurant Month set)
    Gỏi cuốn -Summer rolls of roasted pork, shrimp, fresh herbs & peanuts (Restaurant Month set)
  • Nộm bò khô – Home-cured spicy dried beef salad w green papaya, sesame & crushed peanuts (Restaurant Month set)
  • Bún chả – Hanoi-style grilled pork w nuoc cham, rice noodles & fragrant herbs (Restaurant Month set)
  • Chả cá – Wok seared market fish marinated in turmeric, shrimp paste, ginger & galangal w round beans, peanuts & rice noodles (Restaurant Month set)
  • Tiger prawn cutlets coated in young green rice w house chilli sauce
  • Chicken thigh w kaffir lime, lemongrass, ginger & okra
  • Roasted loligo squid stuffed w pork, wood ear mushrooms & glass noodles w a hot & sour tamarind sauce; and
  • Pork spare ribs, twice cooked w five spice, ginger sesame & grilled lime
Tiger prawn cutlets and three Phở Ga (chicken noodle soup)

Tiger prawn cutlets and three Phở Ga (chicken noodle soup)

from left Bún chả - Hanoi-style grilled pork Chả cá - Wok seared market fish Nộm bò khô – Home-cured spicy dried beef salad plus a steamed rice

from left
Bún chả – Hanoi-style grilled pork
Chả cá – Wok seared market fish
Nộm bò khô – Home-cured spicy dried beef salad
plus a steamed rice

from top... Pork spare ribs Chicken thigh w kaffir lime

from top…
Pork spare ribs
Chicken thigh w kaffir lime

(yes, the Roasted loligo squid stuffed w pork and Gỏi cuốn -Summer rolls were so good we demolished them before any photos were taken.)

and dessert…

  • Bánh trôi Tàu – a traditional warm Vietnamese dessert w sesame dumplings, peanuts & coconut (Restaurant Month set)
  • Sago pudding in white chocolate & yoghurt cream w palm sugar caramel
  • Mango mousse w fresh shredded coconut & candied green rice
  • Hot soy milk doughnut w cinnamon sugar & caramel sauce
Mango mousse (left), Sago pudding (right)

Mango mousse (left), Sago pudding (right)

Mango mousse (left), hot soy milk doughnut with cinnamon (right), Bánh trôi Tàu - a traditional warm Vietnamese dessert (bottom)

Mango mousse (left), hot soy milk doughnut with cinnamon (right), Bánh trôi Tàu – a traditional warm Vietnamese 

The mango mousse was so light and tasty we felt we could have one each!

Overall the meal was fantastic, service was great although it was a very busy night for the restaurant. Food were so good we all kept our heads down and ate them all in no time!

http://www.heartofthecity.co.nz/restaurant-month
http://www.cafehanoi.co.nz/

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