Why people choose Wild Rice for the last meal before leaving Hanoi?
Wild Rice has been open for 3 years but for more than 2 years its been the number one in Viet Nam and 60th best restaurant in the world. This is not the only reason that makes it busy all the time, also its the excellent food and the atmosphere. If you come for a formal meeting, they will set up a formal setting but if you come for a party then they will give you a really surprising table setting with gorgeous flowers that the owners do themselves- Mrs Trinh, Mr Thinh and Mr Hoài. He’s the one who has such amazing special ideas about flower layout.
If you want to have your dinner or lunch in a more traditional atmosphere then choose your table inside the old French house. These tables look nice, luxurious and warm against the pinky-brown walls and amazing works of art(pictured above).
The other room that I am going to mention is the room that will make your dinner just different as if you were sitting in New York or somewhere really modern but with bamboo plants outside, fire place and glass walls around looking through to the garden. It’s called the Bamboo bar(pictured left).
You should choose some green papaya and prawns salad and spring rolls which are Vietnamese standards and great tasting for your starter. Then you might order some grilled tuna in banana leaves, some sauteed prawns with peanut and tamarind sauce. And if you don’t mind poultry, then try grilled chicken with chilli and lemon grass or Pan-fried Duck with Pate and Green Pepper Sauce. But don’t forget to order the really special dish called Crispy Soft Shell Crab. Stir fried Morning glory with garlic or Braised Eggplant with Pork, vegetable and Spices is a good choice for your veggies.
Grilled tuna in banana leaves
There are heaps of choices for Vegetarians such as Mushroom Soup, Vegetarian Fresh Spring rolls (Tofu, Carrot & Mushroom) or Cauliflower Soup for starters. Mushroom and Tofu in ClayPot or Stir-fried Egg-noodle with Mushroom are good for main courses.
If you are a big dessert fan then try out the Young Baby Corn “Che” or Young Sticky Rice”Che” or Grilled Banana with Yogurt & Orange Juice Sauce. Ice cream is good here too.
I know westerners do not like to be bothered too frequently by waiters. At Wild Rice, staff are well trained, friendly and respect customers personal space.
You had better make a reservation in advance or you might have to wait for an hour for your table.
6 Ngo Thi Nham - Hanoi
Fax : (84). 04 .9436299
Email : email@example.com
Open for Lunch from 11 Am and Dinner from 6 Pm