Friday, January 11, 2013

restaurants in review 1: hanoi house!

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Last week Abdoulaye and I headed to the Hanoi House (on facebook here) on 14th and U street (2005 14th Street, NW) for our first dinner out of the year.  We're going to try and visit a different restaurant each week of the year - wish our bellies luck!

Hanoi House was a great place to kick off our adventure in culinary delights.   We shared the cha gio as an appetizer; "crispy pork and shrimp spring rolls with dipping fish sauce," and a chicken banh mi sandwich and a beef pho soup for dinner.   I had the chuoi chiechuoi chien dot ruou for dessert - banana fritters flambé with a caramel sauce - OH MY GOODNESS!!  It was incredible!

I loved meeting Abdoulaye here for dinner because the ambiance was engaging without being overwhelming, the music was spunky (think - 50s diner-type with some modern-remakes) and the food was delicious.  I'm also sensitive to noise and found the volume levels here to be just right - the music was present without dominating and Abdoulaye and I could carry on a conversation without having to shout - delightful!

Looking forward to our next culinary adventure already :)

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