When my boyfriend Arash and I travel, we don’t do a ton of sit-down restaurants because we’re usually trying to fit a million things into our days. We grab a lot of street food, which can be a little questionable at times, but whatevs I’ve never gotten sick so I’ll nevah stop. Plus I really like walking and eating, which is weird, I know. We do try to do at least one sit down dinner or nicer restaurant each trip. On our last trip to Vietnam, we came across Home Restaurant in Hanoi while looking for a Vietnamese restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided on it because of the cozy and inviting look of the place (and the good reviews…duh).
The outdoor seating area is gorgeous, I wish we could have sat out here, but it was so god damn cold out. I mean, I’m Canadian but I was freezing my ass off that night so no one was sitting out there at all. Cozy and inviting, nonetheless.
We were greeted at the door by a friendly hostess, and brought to a table in the back area of the restaurant. The restaurant was really really warm inside, and normally that would annoy me when I’m about to stuff my face and probably have food sweats, but I feel like I was never really warm that whole weekend so the extra cozy temperature was a bonus. The interior was painted with warm colours and accented with lots of wood, dark fixtures, and homey table settings. Pretty pottery dishes and custom placemats, that I would proceed to drop spring rolls on because I am still terrible at chopsticks.
Home restaurant serves Vietnamese fusion food, so it’s got a bit of contemporary twist to set its menu apart from any other Vietnamese restaurant in the area.
We started with steamed clams with lemongrass and chili. I wish I could say I loved them, but to be completely honest, they weren’t my favourite. The clams were crazy fresh tasting, and they were cooked perfectly. It was the flavour that kinda left something to be desired for me. They weren’t bad, they just weren’t the best I’ve had, and I’ve had a lot of tasty clams while living in Taipei. I wish I would have ordered the clams with garlic chili sauce and coconut sauce instead!
Our next appetizer more than made up for the the okay-ish clams. I didn’t really even want spring rolls because my whole adult life I’ve been thinking that I don’t like them! UH. I guess I’ve only had garbage ones? These ones were minced pork with mushroom and vermicelli, and I can’t stop thinking about them.
Look at this serving dish! The clams were nice and hot, and I wanted to take that beautiful purple flower, but walking out of a Vietnamese restaurant with a random flower would be weird…. so I didn’t.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect when ordering this beef dish so I was pleasantly surprised when it ended up being this amazing flaming bowl of a peppery beef stew-type dish. The description from the menu was “grilled beef top blade finger with vegetable and pepper sauce in pot then served in fire pan”. Obviously I needed to order something that says “served in fire pan”. The flavours were so rich and the beef was perfect. I loved this dish so much, even though I was half afraid of burning my face or hands off.
The second main we had was the roast boneless duck served with soy sauce and Vietnamese rice crackers. I don’t normally eat duck so I wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. Yum this was good. It was cooked perfectly and the skin was so crispy and delicious. The dish was a pretty big serving, too. We definitely ordered more than we needed to.
Didn’t need dessert after that much food, but I wanted to get the full experience (that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it). We shared the deep fried banana battered with green sticky rice and caramelized sauce. My waistband was screaming at me as I shoved more food into my body but I have zero regrets.
On top of great food, the service was really excellent. I’ve noticed that service can be a bit different in Asia than what we expect in North America and Home restaurant made me feel like I was in a restaurant in Canada, with a similar service level. If you’ve visited Home restaurant or any Vietnamese restaurant in Hanoi, I’d love you to comment below and let me know what you thought!
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