I had tried this place out in Ho Chi Minh City and loved it. With it’s mission to bring all the diverse flavors of Vietnam together under one roof was awesome. When I heard they had branched out to Hanoi, I had to check it out. And wouldn’t you know it, it was close to my hotel.
The restaurant itself was beautiful. Restored to its French origins, the building was quite fun to explore. Even the trip to the rest room was fun. The stairs were pretty unique with its half level landing. But let’s get back to eating. You can have outside seating under the shade of trees or in the large courtyard. The surrounding building provided indoor seating on the second level. The cooking station nestled underneath on the first floor. You can sit and watch the wait staff shuffle through each station collecting meals as go. Unfortunately, the meals themselves fell way short on our last encounter. Very short. Most of the dishes we ordered fell short on taste and/or execution. Maybe it was an off night for the kitchen staff or maybe this branch can’t live up to the original. Which ever the case, I have to scratch this place off my list.
Nga Hang Ngon
26 Trang Hung Dao Street,
Verdict: Stick to eating specialty shops in Hanoi. I’d only give the original one in Ho Chi Minh City another shot.