Cafe Hanoi (1)
Lunch Monday-Friday; dinner 7 days.
While Britomart continues to grow — several new bars and eateries this year and more to come — some of the original places in what is surely now Auckland’s coolest precinct continue to shine. Leading that group is Cafe Hanoi, offering casual dining in a high-ceilinged, generously proportioned, bustling and very cool room. The food is inspired by Vietnamese street stalls and hole-in-the-wall eateries, and does lack a little of the vigour of the chilli and herbs you might find on the street in actual Hanoi, but it’s tremendously pleasing all the same. The menu is quite small, which tells you they’re putting care into making each dish different, and they have a lovely line-up of teas. You can’t book, but there’s a big bar to wait at. Xuxu, more of a bar and less of an eatery but with good food all the same, is operated by the same people just across the road. $$$
A favourite dish: Pork spare ribs twice cooked with five-spice, ginger and sesame.
Shared-plate options / Fixed-price meal options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection / Good for kids / No bookings