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Hanoi & Hoi An Dining - Semi Upscale

Hi,

My husband and I will be staying in Hanoi for 4 nights and in Hoi An for 7. Accommodation is Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi and The Nam Hai near Hoi An.

I know that many people on this forum would opt for street food as being the way to eat and whilst we're happy to do that somewhat at lunchtimes for dinner we prefer a more ambient setting where we can linger but don't want to forsake that for the food. Vietnamese is our first choice but would be happy to throw in a couple of different cuisines just to mix things up a little.

The restaurants we have earmarked are listed below. Can you please review and give me one more rec for Hanoi or point out if we are making any terrible mistakes or if there's anywhere we've missed out that's a must do, given the above criteria.

Hanoi
Au Lac House
Madam Hien
Vine
- need one more was possibly thinking of Wild Rice??

Hoi An
Cargo Club
Brothers Cafe
Mango Rooms
Red Bridge - can you confirm if they are open for dinner?
Secret Grarden
Green Mango
- was also considering having dinner one night at the hotel, although I know i will be muh more expensive that the local dining options. Was also tossing up between Mango Mano and Morning Glory.

Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated.

Lunch in one and a half hours at Violon D'Ingres - is it doable

Thanks f2dat06, that answers all my questions!

Aug 10, 2011
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Lunch in one and a half hours at Violon D'Ingres - is it doable

Hi,
We have a reservation for lunch at 1.30 pm on a Monday at Violon D'Ingres and need to depart for the airport at 3.00 pm. This gives us 1.5 hours for lunch would this be doable?
We don't want to do the degustation lunch - would prefer to choose a la carte and just have 2 courses. Unfortunately we can't get to the restaurant any earlier than 1.30 either. Also can anyone advise if they do a fixed price lunch menu, and what that comprises, and roughly what the cost would be if we opted for a la carte instead. Thanks in advance

Aug 09, 2011
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Substitue for Harwood Arms [London]

Thanks, PhilD - you've helped us a lot with our upcoming trip from Heichinrou in HK, which we've booked, to this! I've made a booking at Wild Honey and happy to know that you think it's good. After that we're off to Paris and have booked Chez L'ami Jean, Les Papilles, Chez Dumonet and Regalade St Honore, and then off to Beaune - can't wait!!

Aug 07, 2011
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Substitue for Harwood Arms [London]

Hi, Thanks for the suggestions. The Bull & Last is appealing but a bit further than we want to travel on our first night. The other places I have in mind are Great Queen Street which seems to get some good reviews and Wild Honey which whilst I know is not a pub has a nice british menu and doesn't appear to be an overly "stuffy" establishment. Any thoughts on these two?

Aug 07, 2011
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Substitue for Harwood Arms [London]

Hi,

We have booked Harwood Arms for our first night in London - Mon 29 August, and have just been informed that they're going to be closed for renovations. So disappointed!! It was the perfect choice for our first night as it's close to where we're staying and after arriving that morning from a long international flight wanted somewhere with great British food in a somewhat casual environment. Can anyone recommend a good alternative that fits the same criteria? Our other two nights in London we've booked The Ledbury and Pollen Street Social. We're off to Paris after London so would prefer some where that isn't French focussed. Thanks in advance!

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Pollen Street Social
10 Pollen St, London, England W1S 1, GB

Ledbury
127 Ledbury Rd, Kensington, England W2 5, GB

Aug 06, 2011
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quick dinner at or near IFC

Hi, I'm now thinking that Tasty and Crystal Jade may be a wee bit too quick and fast for what I'm after - we'll have a couple of hours to linger over dinner so being in and out in 30 minutes and being rushed isn't going to be ideal. I'd also like to be able to reserve a table I like the sound of Heichinrou and will make a booking, thanks Phil D

quick dinner at or near IFC

Thanks for the link of the photo's - looks great. We'll be going for dinner on a Sunday evening, so hopefully won't be as busy and will also try to book if possible. Thanks again for taking the time to respond!

quick dinner at or near IFC

Thanks Charles, definitely won't do CC if it's same price range as LKH. Is the menu at Tasty quite varied or is it mainly congee and noodles?

quick dinner at or near IFC

Thank you for your recs. I'm glad I asked as I hadn't even heard ot Tasty. I will reserach both recs - the other restaurant I was considering was Cuisine Cuisine, is it any good?

quick dinner at or near IFC

Hi,

We have a 7 hour layover in Hong Kong on a Sunday night. Flight gets in at 4.00 pm and doesn't leave until 11.00 pm. We've booked to have a spa treatment at the Four Seasons at 5.30 for an hour and would like to have dinner afterwards before heading back to the aiport via the Airport train at IFC. As we're on our way to Europe we'd like to have Asian food. Can anyone recommend a restaurant at IFC. We've tried Lee Gardens before so would like to try somewhere new. I know the Four Seasons has a Chinese Restaurant but didn't want to spend that much money.
Thanks in Advance

Les Papilles

Great review - we can't wait to try this restaurant when we're there in September. I can already tell that we'll be sorry we didn't book to go for 2 nights!

Jun 15, 2011
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Ma Cuisine, Beaune

That's a good idea DaTulip about switching the bookings around and we can then add Le Petit Paradis as our final restaurant choice. Many thanks to all for your suggestions.
In regard to restaurant bookings we sometimes utlilise the services of Lisa Buros's concierge servce. Even though I speak failry good french and can make reservations over the phone I find the time difference can make it difficult and would rather someone else be "on the case" especially for hard to get into places. Lisa's email is lisa@yourparisexperience.com. She charges 40 Euro for bookings over a 7 day period or 10 Euros for single one off bookings.

Jun 14, 2011
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Ma Cuisine, Beaune

Thanks DaTulip. I've taken JDR off the list and have now chosen CDA, Ma Cuiine and LB. Our last evening is a Sunday night and it appears that La Ciboulette and L'Ecusson are both closed so tossing up between Petit Paradis and Le Conty. It appears that Le Conty may have the nicer interior but Petit Paradis gets better reivews for their food. Which one would you choose??

Jun 14, 2011
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Ma Cuisine, Beaune

Thanks for your rec's. I've also heard mixed reviews about Jardins de Remparts so I think we'll strike that off the list. It looks like a lovely restaurant but it's quite pricey compared to our other choices and in that price bracket we'd want to be sure of walking away happy.

Jun 14, 2011
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Beaune Restaurant Advice

Hi,

We'll be staying in Beaune for 4 nights in September after a week in Paris. Whilst we'll have a car we prefer to walk or take a taxi to dinner. Our hotel is just outside the city walls (Les Jardins des Lois) and the choices below are all (I think) within walking distance. Please let me know if you think we've made any mistakes or if there's a must try place (walking or taxi distance away) that we've overlooked.

Thursday dinner - Le Jardin des Remparts (mixed reviews on this place so not sure if we should include...)
Friday Dinner - Ma Cuisine
Saturday Dinner - Le Caveau des Arches
Sunday Dinner - Le Benaton

I've heard La Ciboulette is also nice - should I replace any of the above with it?

Thanks in advance

Jun 14, 2011
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Knightsbridge/South Kensington Restaurants

Thanks LisaSpencer for the recs. I'm definately interested in Harwood Arms - when you say casual, how casual do you mean? Whilst food is the main priority I want, especially for our first night in London, a nice ambience/decor.

Jun 13, 2011
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Ma Cuisine, Beaune

Thanks for your review on Ma Cuisine. My husband and I will be in Beaune for 4 nights in September and we have this restaurant on our list to try. The other restaurants we've earmarked are Les Jardins de Remparts, La Ciboulette, Le Caveau des Arches and Le Beneton. Are you able to advise if these are sounds choices ? I'm unsure in particular about La Ciboulette......Many thanks in advance.

Jun 13, 2011
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Au Bon Accueil

Thank you all for your input. ABC has been crossed off the list and given your comments I'm so happy that I asked the question!!!

That's so sad about Madame Boyer - I've heard many stories about her wonderful personality and energy. Given her passing I think Au Petit Tonneau will also be somewhere that we won't try quite yet.

Plafield you make a very valid point re tourists and that we are in fact tourists ourselves so perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to disparage. I guess we're all looking for that hidden gem that only the locals know about but in these hi tech times that's close to impossible.

I'll look into Auberge Bressane, Delucacheesemonger - thanks for the advice. Failing that, am I going to be disappointed with La Fontaine de Mars?

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La Fontaine de Mars
129 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, Île-de-France 75007, FR

Jun 07, 2011
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Knightsbridge/South Kensington Restaurants

Thanks for your responses I'll look into Launceston Place. Also thinking of widening the net to Mayfair.....

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Launceston Place
1 Launceston Pl, Kensington, Greater London W8 5, GB

Jun 07, 2011
eatingdiva in U.K./Ireland

Knightsbridge/South Kensington Restaurants

Hi,

For our first night in London we'd like to dine at a restaurant near our hotel (The Kensington, near South Kensington tube). We'll be going to Paris after London so preferably nothing French . The other restaurants we're booking for our 3 night stay in London are Pollen Street Social and The Ledbury. I'm really keen to find somewhere that has a "British" inspired menu with good ambience. I've looked at Dinner by Heston B but for some reason it doesn't overly appeal and we've already got The Ledbury as our more expensive dining option. We've dined on many occasions at Zuma and Zafferano and whilst we really like both we'd prefer to try somewhere new as it seems the dining scene in London has changed a lot since we lived there 6 years ago. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Zafferano Restaurant
15 Lowndes Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9EY, GB

Jun 06, 2011
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Au Bon Accueil

Hi,

I'm trying to choose a restaurant within walking distance of the apartment we are renting for our first night in Paris (a thursday night in September). The choices are:

Au Bon Accueil
L'Affriolé
Au Petit Sud Ouest
La Fontaine de Mars
Au Petite Tonneau

Our criteria is great traditional food/menu and classical bistro ambience - nothing too modern or contemporary for our first evening but at the same time don't want to be somewhere that is very touristy either. Can anyone steer me towards which one I should choose and why - veering towards Au Bon Accueil at this stage but hard to find many reviews on it.

Other restaurants we will be booking for our 1 week stay are: Chez Dumonet, Chez L'ami Jean and La Regalade St Honore.

A great favourite of ours from previous visits is Chez Georges on Rue du Mail - so this might give you an idea of the sort of food/ambience we are after.

Thanks in advance!

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L'ami Jean
27 Rue Malar, Paris, Île-de-France 75007, FR

La Fontaine de Mars
129 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, Île-de-France 75007, FR

Jun 06, 2011
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