Ba Mien @ Hilton Hanoi Opera
During my stay at the Hilton Hanoi Opera's Executive Suite, I first arrived at the hotel during the midday and was famished after check in procedures and decided to have a meal at the Ba Mien Restaurant.
Hilton Hanoi Opera retains a certain charm that eludes a sense of history and this is reflected also in the Ba Mien restaurant, with teak coloured wooden table and green chairs, there is a delicate mix of old and new in this restaurant. I am not a big fan of green, especially with decor but I felt pretty at ease in Ba Mien.
Whilst deciding on what to order, we were already served a starter of fresh Vietnamese spring roll and a glass of fresh pomelo juice. I never had pomelo juice before in my life but I did have the fruit, the juice is so much intense in terms of flavour that it was truly satisfying.
I decided on the Appetiser combination which consists of the following
1. Green papaya salad with Australian beef and Vietnamese herbs
2. Fresh crystal spring rolls with shrimp, mango, rice noodles and herbs
3. Fried Hanoi Spring rolls with minced pork and glass noodles
and also on a bowl of signature beef pho with fresh rice noodles.
I enjoyed the fried spring rolls (I am a sucker for fried spring rolls), so much so that I've ordered a second serving during room service on that night. The beef pho was good but however, I felt that the stock could have been more robust and richer. The beef slices were of average quality, it had a slight chew to it but was tender still.
If you are not entirely fussy with your food and wish to have nice authentic Vietnamese food in a tranquil environment, head over to Ba Mien Restaurant during your next trip to Hanoi City.
This review is sponsored by Hilton Hanoi Opera, however, all views expressed above are of my own.