Chef Hai of Vietnam Masterchef fame has just opened a new seafood fusion restaurant in the old French Quarter of Hanoi. Mixing traditional Vietnamese cuisine with Japanese salads, French seafood stews and paella from Spain, the fare combines European cooking styles with condiments from Asia and locally sourced seafood.
Owner and executive chef Hoang Nguyen opened Cutisun just over three years ago. Since that time, it has expanded from a modest single-room diner to having five dining rooms spread across two restaurants opposite to each other. The name, incidentally, comes from Hoang’s childhood moniker — cu ti sun refers to a small boy whose teeth have gone black from too much candy.
The name threw me; I must be honest My Chicken Run is not a name to inspire culinary confidence. Perhaps because I have mucked out actual chicken runs, I associate the name with, well, unappetizing things.
This month our undercover reporter makes a departure from top-end restaurants and instead heads to a purveyor, albeit a top-end purveyor, of the humble banh mi. Photos by Bao Zoan
A new eatery has opened in the Press Club Building featuring a menu by two-star Michelin chef Alain Dutournier. With over 40 years of experience in the French culinary world, Chef Dutournier has branched out of France for the first time with La Table Du Chef, looking to bring his brand of haute French cuisine to Hanoi.
German cuisine cooked up by a Vietnamese top-seven MasterChef contestant? Our Mystery Diner heads to Minh Thuy’s. Photos by Julie Vola
That arbiter of great South and North Indian cuisine, Baba’s Kitchen, has now opened its doors in Hoi An, perfect for when you get tired of all that cao lau and Hoi An chicken rice you’ve been stuffing down your throat.
“Sorry, I’m eating lobster thermidor and drinking chardonnay,” is not a text message I ever thought I would send in response to a coffee invite, until I went to the wine brunch at Oven d’Or. This place understands Sundays on a level that I have not quite seen before. There’s a fondue station with not one, but two kinds of chocolate fountains, a crepe and waffle counter, an entire suckling pig laid out for carving, an a la carte grill, a sushi bar, and, of course, the help-yourself booze table.
There’s a restaurant and pub in town serving, yes, you guessed it, cuisine from the UK. Naturally our mystery diner had to check it out. Here’s the verdict. Photos by Trung Del
Situated in a prime location in District 1, Lavastone BBQ & Cocktail House blends into the bustle of the area with its full-length glass front framed by black-painted steel. The space inside has an American industrial ambience combined with classic European-style twists, making the place both attractive yet unusual. The Japanese elements — Japanese rice wine kept cool in a container at the front door and the upstairs furnished with Japanese-style chairs and tables, adds to the effect.