Here’s another Hanoi restaurant suggestion from Lokalien!
You might be in need of some good western food in Hanoi whether you’re travelling or living here. Although there are lots of restaurants in Hanoi selling western dishes almost everywhere, not all of them are guaranteed to meet your standard. As I also have cravings for proper western food like pizza and pasta from time to time, I had to go through trial and error to compile this list of top pizza restaurants in Hanoi. Hence, now I know my go to places for pizzas.
But, while I love my occasional pizza dinners, I found a panini shop for a good lunch or dinner. Savoor, the House of Panini is the first panini restaurant in Hanoi. Their story goes like this, “From the passion of 2 French and 1 Vietnamese Entrepreneurs, Savoor – The House of Panini brings the famous Italian originated dish to Vietnam.”
When I read this, I thought it’s a good mix of three nations brought together. Thus, I was curious to go check out this restaurant.
Savoor, the House of Panini
There are two locations of Savoor restaurants in Hanoi. One is West Lake, the expat area and another in Hai Ba Trung district, down south from Old Quarter. I visited the one in Hai Ba Trung as it’s closer to where I live.
Also, I was out around Vincom shopping centre in Ba Trieu street for some shopping. So it was a perfect opportunity to try panini for lunch before shopping.
As I entered the restaurant, I was greeted by a team of young staff who kindly explained to me different menus and options. I was surprised to see that there was quite some variety of paninis and some other dishes like salads and more. I remember there were some internationally inspired menus such as Japanese teriyaki chicken and Indian curry chicken paninis.
I ordered a classic Italian panini – with basil pesto, mozzarella and tomato. Then I headed upstairs to take a seat.
There are three floors in total. Firstly, the ground floor is half occupied by the reception for drinks and orders, so there are only a couple of tables. Then upstairs, there’s a cosy indoor area and a small balcony. Finally, the top floor is an entirely outdoor space with a rooftop view over the streets.
I took a seat on the rooftop to enjoy the view. My lunch set menu with Italian panini, chips and coke was served to my table. Just pressed panini was crispy on the outside and softly melted cheese with pesto tasted great! Surprisingly, what’s even better was their chips. I really liked their super crispy chips.
Of course, I must admit that I had better paninis in other parts of the world. However, Savoor’s panini was a satisfying meal and I really enjoyed my meal and time here.
Initially, I was here looking forward to trying the panini, but I was impressed with the cosy atmosphere and their balcony seats. I could imagine coming back here again to work on my laptop while enjoying their panini.
To sum up, I think Savoor, the House of Panini is not just a restaurant in Hanoi for your western food craving, but also has that cafe vibe where you can go for work or just chill.
For more Hanoi restaurant recommendations, you can check out the Locals’ Suggestions series of articles.
46 Đường Tô Ngọc Vân, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội
Open Everyday 08:00 – 22:00
112G Mai Hắc Đế, Bùi Thị Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Open Everyday 07:00 – 22:00