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Restaurant Bobby Chinn Hanoi, Vietnam

February 14th, 2008 · No Comments

It was Valentine’s Day so we decided to splash out on the second day of our honeymoon. Bobby Chinn is a chef of mixed Chinese Egyptian heritage born in New Zealand who has become/started the more contemporary restaurant scene in Vietnam. When you walk into the place, except for a few small details – like the plethora of smokers and the cafeteria-style glass case of drinks by the bar – it feels like any modern, very nice Western restaurant.

The decor is nice and the restaurant is filled with primarily tourists, expats and a few Vietnamese splurging out . The set menu price of $69 US/person including a glass of champagne (considering that a bowl of pho costs less than $1) certainly limits the clientele. The green tea smoked duck was excellent as well as the appetizers and desserts. The steak was very average. Overall, an above average meal in a nice setting and probably worthwhile for people who are tiring of Vietnamese food or want a taste of home (I mean the Western World). Bobby Chinn was working the room and not only graciously offered to take our pictures but also cleared plates. It would probably be better to go back on a regular night (not Valentine’s) and order off the menu

Restaurant Bobby Chinn
Address: 1 Ba Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam.
Tel: (84-4) 934 8577/78. Fax: (84-4) 716 4120. Open daily 11am-late

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