Where to Eat in Hanoi : Quan An Ngon
Quan An Ngon is a highly recommended dining place in Hanoi. Most blogs that I have read included this restaurant in their itinerary.
On our second day in Hanoi, after visiting the Temple of Literature, we had our lunch in Quan An Ngon.This famous dining place has 4 outlets in Hanoi. From Temple of Literature, we rode a taxi going to Quan An Ngon.
Quan An Ngon is a famous place so it pays to schedule your visit to avoid the crowd. This dining place is very touristy, chaotic and busy. We went there around lunch time and as expected, the place was jam-packed. We waited for a few minutes before being seated. I am not really sure if staff in Quan An Ngon speak English or not since our tour guide did the talking for us. We just waited for her signal for the availability of the table.
Initially, my plan is to eat in the open courtyard, but sad to say all tables were taken so we ended up eating upstairs.
Quan An Ngon is like a food court with lot of choices in the menu. Our tour guide helped us in our orders. We wanted to try some traditional Vietnamese dishes so we ordered the following:
Goi Xoai Hai San (Green mango salad with seafood) – VND 130,000
Sweet and sour salad with mango, shrimps, squid, onions and peanuts.
Nui Xao Bo Bam (Stir-fried beef noodles) – VND 105,000
Macaroni with minced beef and tomato sauce
Banh Goi (Pillow Cake) – VND 58,000
Deep fried meat, mushrooms, carrots,etc with sweet and sour sauce.
Cơm lam gà nướng (Grilled chicken) – VND 70,000
For drinks, we had Mango Shake (VND 48,000), Grapefruit Juice (VND 75,000) and Coconut Juice (VND 70,000). We also ordered steamed rice (VND 25,000 per order). Tissue is NOT FREE and costs VND 1,000 per pack. Because Quan An Ngon is a famous restaurant among tourists, the price is a bit higher. Our total bill cost VND 687,000 for the 4pax.
Service was a little bit slow. Our food took a while to arrive and we had to remind the staff and follow up our orders.
Quan An Ngon is a must-visit place at least once. The bustling atmosphere and local ambiance are what makes this place very unique. Some of the food that we ordered were good especially the mango salad, but most are average. Though service is slow, I would like to give this restaurant a second chance and try their best sellers if we ever go back to Hanoi. I look forward to dining in the open courtyard, too.
Quan An Ngon
18 Phan Boi Chau street
34 Phan Dinh Phung street
25T2 Hoang Dao Thuy
B2-R6 Vincom MegaMall Royal City