If you’re looking for a modern and clean restaurant to try a mix of Asian cuisine in a chilled vibe while in Hanoi, Chopsticks restaurant can be a great choice. When it first opened few years ago, it gave an impression of being a cool place for casual dining, which, in my perspective, was something new or rare at the time in the Old Quarter.
I had this restaurant noted on my list to try one day since its opening. But it took quite some time to actually visit. Last month, I finally visited the restaurant on a weekend for dinner with my friends. The restaurant was full and lively with live music performance, but we were lucky to grab the last table available just in front of the stage.
The moment we arrived at the restaurant, we felt good because the staff here were very friendly in a casual manner and they spoke fluent English. The solo singer with a guitar had a voice I loved and the songs he played were mostly those good ole songs that made me feel nostalgic.
The menus seemed to have slightly shifted from mainly Vietnamese cuisine to Asian cuisine based on what I can recall from the old menus when they first opened. Now, they have some Thai and Chinese dishes as well as Vietnamese dishes. As all of my friends and I live in Hanoi and have Vietnamese food every day, it was great to have different Asian options.
We were a group of three and wanted to order a range of dishes to share. So we ordered three main dishes – stir-fried noodle with shrimp, sweet and sour pork and chicken, which were a good balance because we had different preferences of the dishes. And we ordered crispy tofu for a starter, which we all loved so much. It was spiced up with chopped chilli, but that mayonnaise sauce to dip soothed the spiciness perfectly well.
The super lovely waiters were going around different tables to do cheers with guests in the Vietnamese way, which is to shout “mot, hai, ba… dzo!” And they were offering shots of homemade coconut wine, which tasted amazing! It was available for purchase, so if you try and like it, you can bring it back home.
Our meal was made extra enjoyable thanks to the singer. Guests could request songs and it felt as though the entire group of guests at the time were a team because we loved each and every song he was requested to play. I’d even say it was the best live band I’ve seen in the Old Quarter!
Address: 15 Đào Duy Từ, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000
Opening Hours: Everyday 11:30 – 00:00