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La Verticale

Didier Corlou's restaurant La Verticale brings a new color to Hanoi. Rich in aromas from Vietnam, where the West meets Asia by mixing ingredients never mixed before, La Verticale Restaurant is a unique place in Hanoi.
19 Ngo Van So, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Look

A classic establishment housed in a four-story 1930's French villa, this restaurant features a spice shop on the ground floor that's been set up to look like an apothecary, with jars of sea salt and peppercorns, huge coils of cinnamon and bowls of loose star anise. Upstairs, the restaurant maintains its old-fashioned sensibility with starched white tablecloths and simple décor. The buildings original walls and tile floors have also been left intact, creating a series of intimate spaces for diners. The open-air roof terrace offers comfortable armchairs to smoke a cigar and enjoy a drink.

The food is unquestionably the main draw here. Owner and chef Didier Courlou, a Frenchman who built up a loyal following during his days at the Sofitel Metropole, fervently believes in seasonality, and regularly changes his menu to take advantage of the freshest farm produce. Don't miss the addictively good Dalat artichoke leaves served with clams and Ha Long curry sauce or the ravioli stuffed with mango and foie gras dressed in a light, lotus tea infused sauce.

Tel: +84 4 944 6317



Published on Aug 27, 2009

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