Little Hanoi, Hanoi

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21 Hang Gai Street 04/828-8333

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    Little Hanoi: not bad, but too many other good places

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 27, 2004

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    nice window seating was this place's plus

    This place had two things going for it. It was open during TET (Vietnamese New Year cum Christmas/birthday) and it had a nice dining room. It was also mentioned in Lonely Planet as retaining local flavor and types of food. It did have nice window seating with pleasant views.

    Favorite Dish: Though the food was not bad, it did not really have a Vietnamese flair but more of in the line of Chinese food. So, if you are sick of the local food and want something different but still Asian, it is worth a try. We found the food a bit on the bland side.

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    Little Hanoi: Local Beer

    by bpacker Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    When in Hanoi, drink Halida

    Nothing motivates me more to drink than cheap prices. Really, if you live in Singapore, paying for cheap beer is a luxury to savour.

    Had to try Halida beer after I quized muddybok about the local beers there. My verdict? Halida is sweet and malty, nothing distinct unfortunately. However, it is slightly better than BIA HANOI and second to BA BA BA ( another beer found more commonly in HCMC. See my BABABA review

    Note: Look out for the elephant if you're keen to try Halida Beer.

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    Little Hanoi

    by SirRichard Written Oct 3, 2003

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    Inside

    This tiny restaurant is located at the first floor in a small alley of the Old Quarter. You go up some narrow stairs and get into a nice medium size hall.
    Nice staff and local specialities.

    Favorite Dish: I had some meat with pineapple and pancakes.

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    Little Hanoi: Cheap, cheerful and very good

    by leffe3 Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Extremely popular (one of the highlights in Lonely Planet, so everyone heads for it!) - so much so that they have now opened a second restaurant across the street from the original.

    Small, dark, eclectic furnishings, approx 10 tables (with 2 mote to be found on the mezzanine overhanging the bar at the back) - it really is pot luck if you are lucky enough to get a table. "Come back in 15 minutes" is a frequent comment! (Although I think the kitchen in the overflow Little Hanoi is not as good as the original - a much lighter, open upstairs room literally across the alley)

    But the popularity hasn't diminished the quality of the food - its good, wholesome, straighforward Vietnamese food and very reasonaly priced.

    Favorite Dish: There's a set menu or 'a la carte' and we managed to get a table for 6 (sheer luck lol), so were able to try a wide range of foods (and on return visits). Chicken and cashew/prawn with cashew to be highly recommended (the noodle dishes are a bit uninspiring, but at less than US$2 a plate, is this surprising?). Vegetarian spring rolls are excellent as are the 'make your own'. And plates of Morning Glory with garlic.......

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    Little Hanoi: Try the apple pie and ice-cream, it's delicious!

    by bcatton Updated May 10, 2007

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    Front view of Little Hanoi.
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    I really liked the interior of this cafe/restaurant which is bamboo and wood. Also the lacquer paintings on the walls. It's quite a nice place to sit and eat.
    Quite a wide range of light meals and also a range of salads, soups, filled baguettes and also quiches. Regarding the filled baguettes, you can eat in or take these away and best of all you can actually phone the restaurant and they will deliver the baguette to your hotel free of charge! Different range of quiches and baguettes both priced at 48,000 VND.
    Service was really good, on occasion i would go there to get something to take away and always be invited in to sit and relax while my order was made up.

    Favorite Dish: The hot apple pie and ice cream is especially good. I also liked the smoked beef baguette with lettuce, tomato, cucumber.

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  • Little Hanoi: relaxing ambience, cheap food and beer

    by burnt Updated Jul 11, 2005

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    we chanced upon this place while walking around lost in the numerous lanes in the old quarter. it had this sign outside which stated it was recommended in Lonely Planet & Le routard, etc and it was crowded so it should be good right? well, it turned out ok. i liked the ricepaper rolls but other than that, the beefsteak, 5 spices chicken, squid and fried noodles were passable. each dish was around 35,000vnd - 45,000vnd so cant complain.

    Favorite Dish: this was my first time rolling up the ricepaper. usually the places i go to back home serves them prepared and the filling is different too. just throw all the ingredients onto the ricepaper and roll it up (kind of like rolling up your own cigarette). it was good on its own (would have taken a pic but i globbled up everything!!!) but i asked for chilli to give it more punch. they gave me chilli sauce that looked like it came from a heinz bottle. i decided not to b a bother and ask for something with more kick cos i was contented with what i had to start with. just trying :p

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    Little Hanoi: Try the Special Spring rolls

    by chirpy383 Updated Oct 3, 2005

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    The special spring roll with the skin so crisp and
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    Ambience - Quaint and neat.. nice place to sit down for a beer and a book
    Try the special spring rolls - fried and it's very tasty!! I like it so much that I ordered two plates!! 20,000VND per plate for 10 small spring rolls.
    They serve other hot food as well.. such as noodles / salads / vegetables / rice etc...

    Coffee- nothing to shout about. The most diluted vietnamese coffee I've ever tried.

    Favorite Dish: SPECIAL SPRING ROLLS!! A bit oily but it is a Must try!!

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    Little Hanoi: A big name in the local dining scene

    by Tijavi Written Jul 24, 2010

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    Don't let the name fool you: Little Hanoi is one of the big names in the local dining scene, attracting a good crowd of locals and tourists. What used to be a "little" eatery is now a full-fledged restaurant, complete with a decent wine list!

    So good was the food that I ate here twice. The ubiquitous do-it-yourself spring roll did not disappoint - the crispy catfish was, yes, crispy and delicious, but the magic of the dish in the rice wafers. They were hard and firm, initially, but when it comes into contact with the dipping sauce, it just melts, creating delicate texture in your palate.

    I've also tried their grilled pork with citron and sweet and sour dipping sauce. The pork was grilled perfectly, with a very palpable hint of lemon grass, masking the meat's greasy smell. Love it. Perfect with Singapore-brewed Tiger beer.

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    little HANOI (The original): Traditional Vietnamese Food

    by myspices Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Entrance- recommend too, groundnuts from this lady
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    Cosy. As we were hunting for Little Hanoi for dinner, we were confused which Little Hanoi should we go in. There were a couple of restaurants by the same name along the same alley. Finally we went into this one. Food was delicious and service was good. We were happy to have entered the correct (?) place.

    Favorite Dish: All the dishes that we have ordered were good. Can't really remember the name of the dishes though. There was one which was in praprika sauce and another dish - egg plant

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    Little Hanoi: Little Hanoi's BFS

    by King_Golo Written Oct 3, 2008

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    Little Hanoi

    BFS - my just-created abbreviation for one of Vietnam's tastiest specialties: Banana Flower Salad! Little Hanoi has it on its menu, thus we went there. BFS is really good there, but the servings are quite small. The other food was also tasty, but similarly small. Furthermore, the service is not the best, but it's worth checking out this place for BFS.

    PS: Their bamboo deco should win a prize!

    Favorite Dish: BFS!!!! Yummy!

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    Little Hanoi: Try Beef Noodles

    by DanCerdena Written Aug 1, 2007

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    LITTLE HANOI

    Located in an old building needing renovations, Little Hanoi serves good Local food. Pho cost an average of 35,000 VND. Softdrinks and other juices from 15,000VND. Toilet is in need of constant cleaning and sanitizing which is its disappointment.

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    Little Hanoi 2: French breakfast is a steal!

    by kelnsha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Little Hanoi 2 main entrance
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    Little Hanoi 2 has no relation with Little Hanoi 1.

    This is a lovely open-plan cafe with a mouthwatering selection of baguettes, pastas and salads. Their French breakfast is a steal at VND30,000.

    It opens daily from 07:30 to 23:00 and deliveries from 09:00 to 21:30.

    Favorite Dish: Everything is nice here.

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    Little Hanoi: Cheap and Yummy

    by qwert_babe Updated May 14, 2006

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    Actually me and my mate really liked this place coz it was really near our hotel (Camelia 4) so it was really convenient when we were beat and didnt know where to eat. The food was good of course - Since I'm from Singapore, while many of the dishes were already very asian, it was still very tastily local and a couple were uniquely delicious.

    Note: They've done so well, i suspect, that they actually opened another outlet just down the same alley! One can only imagine the tasty food there. =P

    Favorite Dish: I can't remember the name, but it was one of the vegetable dishes with a really difficult name (at least for me). We selected the grilled version and it was yummy! =) The beers there were also cheap (as with the rest of hanoi).

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    Little Hanoi: Authentic cuisine and great value for money

    by JJLUK Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    This great value restaurant in the Old Town which has a better known cafe offshoot close to Hoan Kiem Lake offers a very good introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. However, beware that there is another restaurant very close by purporting to be Little Hanoi (you need to continue past this fake to the real deal). The restaurant is popular with Backpackers/Travellers with young children. Service is friendly but can be a little slow.

    Favorite Dish: The soup and all things pork.

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    Little Hanoi: Good fast food place!

    by Heleri Written Oct 13, 2003

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    This is a small restaurant which I visited very often during my 2½ months stay in Hanoi. Just popping in there for a cold soda and a use of the (rather) clean toilet when shopping was my usual visit. You often see people (not the locals) sitting there reading Lonely Planets guidebooks, a lot of backpackers.
    Their wall lamps made of ricehat-halves were cute!

    Favorite Dish: Two dishes I really liked were the Tandoori Chicken Sandwich and the Vietnamese springrolls. Their pastas are also good.

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    • Backpacking

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