If a craving for Japanese food kicks in while you’re in Hanoi, Chibo Okonomiyaki restaurant is an awesome place to satisfy that craving. I had a sudden craving for some good Japanese food and I found the restaurant on Instagram. So I visited Chibo and had an amazing dinner exceeding my expectation.
Chibo Okonomiyaki, Hanoi
Chibo Okonomiyaki has two restaurants in Hanoi. One is on Trieu Viet Vuong street and another on Kim Ma street. I only found out when I went to Chibo restaurant that Trieu Viet Vuong street used to be where a lot of Japanese expats resided, so there are several Japanese restaurants on this street, which I believe is a promising sign. And if you’re staying in Old Quarter, this street is closer to you.
I was here on a weekend and made a last minute reservation for dinner. So we were given the counter seats by the open grill kitchen. And I was glad to be seated here because the busy lively kitchen scene was an amazing entertainment. I loved it because I could see all kinds of different dishes being prepared. Thus I could get great inspirations on which dishes to try on my next visit.
If you don’t mind sharing the table with others on your side and also not mind too much about the possibly hectic vibe from the kitchen, I recommend counter seats. I think the counter seats offer a more dynamic dining experience while enjoying their delectable Japanese food.
Okonomiyaki and More Japanese Dishes
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake dish with lots of different variations and it’s one of the must try dishes in Japan. Chibo Okonomiyaki restaurant specialises in this dish as the name states so. And I confirm that they do it legit.
We ordered the mixed okonomiyaki as it’s somewhat the standard choice to go for. The flavour was just as I’d had it in Japan and I enjoyed every bit of it. I especially loved the fresh and plentiful shrimps inside the okonomiyaki.
Tuna sashimi was fresh and so tender that it melted in the mouth. The grilled fish roe was a perfect salty starter to enjoy with cold draught Sapporo beer. And the beef breast with half cooked bean sprouts was also another delight!
Japanese omurice, which is Japanese style fried rice wrapped in omelette was absolutely scrumptious. The fried rice was perfectly moist, the sauce on top was just yum and the miso soup was intense in flavour. It was perfect and definitely exceeded my expectation.
I must say that every dish we ordered was fantastic and enjoyable. I can confidently recommend Chibo to anyone looking for some proper Japanese food in Hanoi. Or perhaps if you haven’t yet tried okonomiyaki, it’s an excellent restaurant to try it!
They have a good variety of okonomiyaki alone, which means I’ve got to go back here more times to try them and I definitely will. But they also have a huge range of all kinds of Japanese dishes from sashimi to grilled fish.
I noticed that a lot dishes here are suited for a hang out with friends over beer. So if you go with a group of friends, you can order lots of different dishes and enjoy their refreshing Japanese draught beer.
They also have lunch menu options, so Chibo restaurant can cater for a good Japanese lunch!
Address: 144 Triệu Việt Vương, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:30 & 17:00 – 22:30
Address: 535 Kim Mã, Ngọc Khánh, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30 & 17:00 – 22:30