Softwater stands out from the rest for its inspiring location amid some of the most naturally beautiful scenery in Hanoi. In its lush gardens you’ll find a tranquil pond, meandering stone paths, bonsai and a 300-year-old Buddhist pine tree. In summer, you can dine in your own corner of the garden. During winter you can admire it from the warmth of the softly lit restaurant. Both Vietnamese and Western chefs are on hand to cook both local and international menus to perfection.
Insider Tip: Try the Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate Sauce.
Jacksons offers three distinct experiences for its guests. On the ground floor you’ll find a stylish and fun lounge bar environment, on the second and third floors are sophisticated dining rooms and on the fourth, a room for private functions. If you’re a steak connoisseur, you’ll be delighted by their selection of top quality imported beef.
Insider Tip: After enjoying a sensational steak, try one of their crepe suzettes – cooked to order at your table.
With decor inspired by the dynasty of emperor Ly Thai To, this refined restaurant offers guests a sensory feast with its Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Set in an old mansion in the French Quarter, it successfully matches traditional local recipes with modern European elements. Try the thoughtfully presented Five Elements starter – a superb introduction to Vietnamese flavours.
Insider Tip: Time your visit between 7pm-9pm for an instrumental performance of traditional Vietnamese music.
This innovative social enterprise offers fine Vietnamese food with a twist – fresh local produce used in unexpected ways. Examples include the Young Chicken and Lemongrass Galantine, and Crispy Skin Seabass, Prawn and Ginger Boudin with Black Sesame Noodles. The restaurant also works in partnership with Know One, Teach One – an organisation that trains disadvantaged youths to work as chefs.
Insider Tip: For a special treat in this unique fine dining restaurant, order the Spiced Chocolate Pudding with Mulled Wine Cherries for dessert.
A great place for a romantic date, the richly decorated Bluebird Restaurant also has its own wine cellar for guests to explore. The Western menu features some real gems, including Pork Cheek Tortellini, and Salt and Pepper Calamari. For a special occasion though, opt for the king of aphrodisiacs – oysters.
Insider Tip: For private dining, ask for the basement room. The display of wall-to-wall wines should inspire your choice of tipple for the evening.