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“Great Australian-style coffee in a quiet retreat”

Hanoi Cooking Centre Cafe
Ranked #364 of 2,755 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: US$1 - US$8
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Cafe
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 17 March 2016

After 3 weeks in Vietnam our yearning for a taste of coffee from back home was satisfied, the cafe makes great Australian-style ( or Italian-style to non Aussies ) capuchinos and lattes. We had a great chat with the lovely Melbourne woman who owns the cafe, and she gave us advice on buying winter woolies in Hanoi. The cafe itself is peaceful and stylishly decorated, and although it was largely full of Western tourists the food was very authentic, delicious and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed 11 December 2015

We just had fresh spring rolls and the white rose dumplings. They were very tasty and the service was fantastic. We were the only ones there as we were registering for the morning food tour.

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Reviewed 29 October 2015

The cooking classes are great. Been to many functions here. Also a great place to eat on your own or bring family and friends. As a bonus there is a bookshop inside.

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Reviewed 16 October 2015

We had heard about the various cooking classes in Vietnam, but didn't book one until we found ourselves at a loose end for an afternoon, and Hanoi Cooking Centre had a class available. When we got there, we found that we were the only ones in the class!

Young chef Hau was wonderful, taking us around the market to show us the various foods available that we wouldn't have seen at home. Some of the things that we were particularly interested in he purchased for us to try, even though they weren't on the afternoon's menu.

The class was VERY hands on, with little, apart from the rice, pre-prepared. Hau astounded us with his ability to chop fast and finely, and took pains to ensure that we learned how to hold our knives correctly and keep our fingers out of the way. We complimented him on being "encouraging" and "patient", and the cooking class morphed into a language lesson as we swapped meanings and spellings of these and other words in each of our languages.

When it came to the cooking, we were right in there, too, frying the ginger chicken and stirring the corn and coconut soup. (I guess that the degree of involvement with the actual cooking may depend on the class size, as there is only one four burner stove, but for us we were doing it all.)

When the meal was finished we were ushered upstairs to a small but elegant restaurant, where we were served the fruits of our afternoon labours. The food was wonderful, and (as usual in Vietnam) copious. We only hope that when we pluck up the courage to cook these dishes at home that we might enjoy similar success.

At the end we got to keep the apron, which is a cute gimmick. Some have pointed out that HCC is more expensive than other cooking classes, and this appears to be true. Also, some have complained of the need to get a taxi to and from the venue. We haven't done any of the other classes, so we can't compare. However, we can say that this was one of the most entertaining and enjoyable things that we did in Vietnam.

Thank sapientpear
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

This was my second time taking the Market and Street Food tour with the cooking centre, this time with my wife. We had a fantastic time. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. As there was only my wife and I on the tour, we moved at our own pace and were able to try more things then we might have in a larger group. In the end, we ate way too much yet still wanted to try more. We also took advantage of the tour to purchase white pepper, anise and cinnamon bark in the market with our guide's help.

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