Cafe Hanoi is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Casual Restaurant. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
Serving its contemporary take on northern Vietnamese street food since 2010, Britomart early-adopter Cafe Hanoi still pulls crowds, as much for its location and atmosphere as for its food. Step inside and frenetic downtown Auckland disappears; you’re in a bustling yet welcoming, light, airy other world. It’s comfortable but upmarket, informal yet professional and works equally well for a business lunch or family get-together. The menu runs from a raw selection through rice paper rolls and small plates. There’s plenty of seafood on offer and a loads of creative vegetables, salad and side options. The ché dessert (sago, jackfruit, palm seeds, pomegranate, coconut sauce, mango sorbet) is a highlight – rich, satisfying and not too sweet. The fresh and delicious dishes are artfully presented and served by efficient and friendly staff. And they’ve recently started accepting dinner reservations.
What it offers: Group set menus / À la carte /Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Takes large bookings
A favourite dish: Peppered soy shaking beef fillet with red onion and watercress
Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat, Dinner 7 days
Chef: Nathan Houpapa, executive chef