The Chim Sao, a Vietnamese restaurant renowned for the excellence of its typical cuisine of Hanoi, is located in a 1934 French house. On the ground floor, bar, tables and a permanent exhibition of paintings by young Vietnamese artists; on the first floor, typical Vietnamese layout of small coffee tables and cushions.
The cuisine is exceptional, presented in a very complete menu, and offers some unique dishes such as smoked mountain pork, caramel pork, ground pigeon served with shrimp pancakes, sautéed duck with basil, shrimp sautéed with salted eggs, eel with lemongrass and red peppers, braised catfish with green bananas and tofu, many Vietnamese fondues and other delicacies. Remarkable collection of rice alcohols.
The Chef of the Chim Sao gives cooking lessons.
In addition to everything, the prices are surprisingly reasonable for such quality, varying for the main dishes between 2$ and 8$.
Since many years, the Chim Sao is rewarded every year with the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and features with compelling compliments in travel guides such as the French Guide du Routard and Petit Fûté, as well as English Guides such as Lonely Planet.