Jan 20 2012
Given I eat it at least once a week I thought a post about Indian food in Hanoi was due. Also, perhaps surprisingly, there are plenty of Indian restaurants in Hanoi – perfect for when you’re after a change of cuisine.
My regular is Foodshop 45. Not because the food is the most authentic or good quality, but because it’s good value, tasty comfort food. I’m afraid to say that while I do appreciate the finer points of Indian cuisine, I usually most enjoy a curry on a Sunday night when I’m recovering from the weekend – Foodshop 45 does the trick. If you like your curry saucy then this is the place to go: the goat vindaloo, chicken tikka jalfrezi and pork kebab are particular favourites.
Foodshop 45 delivers but the restaurant itself is located in a great spot next to Truc Bach Lake. Downstairs is mainly low-level seating, with a great view over the lake; upstairs has standard tables and chairs and is the place to go if you’re after air-con; and the area at the back is on floor seating for those whose bones don’t creak.
The newest kid on the block, Namaste, opened to rave reviews last year and continues to deliver quality, authentic North and South Indian cuisine. But Namaste is not just about the food: the restaurant itself is bright, clean and tastefully decorated and the owner, Gopi, is welcoming and happy to make recommendations. If you’re in a group it’s well worth leaving the ordering to him – you’ll be assured of a well-balanced, delicious feast.
Namaste is on Lo Su, at the southern end of Old Quarter. Expect to pay around 200,000 VND for a main with rice and a beer.
Khazaana Indian Halal Restaurant is the oldest Indian restaurant in Hanoi. I confess,I’m not a regular so can’t offer a personal opinion, and reviews have dropped off a bit since Namaste came on the scene, but if you’re staying down near the Opera House it’ll be your local. Prices are similar to Namaste.
Finally, and the most conveniently located for Old Quarter, is Tandoor. Tandoor is on Hang Be, slap bang in the centre of the tourist area. Unfortunately that’s where the positives end, as the food’s nothing special and there have been reports of poor service. Still, its Happy Hour in the afternoon may be worth a look in.
59 Truc Bach Street, Hanoi
T: (04) 3716 2959
47 Lo Su, Hanoi
T: (04) 3935 2400
1C Tong Dan, Hanoi
T: (04) 3934 5657/3934 3513
24 Hang Be Street, Hanoi
T: (04) 3824 5359
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