A few months ago, the Lotte Hotel Hanoi opened its doors to public, only to witness an enormous amount of interest in its exemplary service and culinary delights – and for good reason too. The hotel boasts seven food and beverage outlets which cater to both Western and Asian food enthusiasts, making it reasonably possible to never leave the hotel. All food establishments, except one, are run by Michelin Star Executive Chef, Ingo Moller who is dedicated to making sure all customers are left feeling satisfied with their dining experience.
1. Lounge Sky
The Lounge Sky is probably the most relaxed and intimate food and beverage outlet in the hotel. Conveniently located just by the hotel lobby, it is also home to the hotel’s piano bar. It is a great spot to grab a short drink, cocktail or warm beverage to wind down or warm up for the evening.
The lounge is open until 11 pm and visitors can enjoy live music on all days of the week. Savoury and sweet snacks are available and, as with all establishments in the Lotte Hotel, the view is spectacular.
The Club Lounge is exclusive to Lotte club members for breakfast and dinner. There is a free buffet, a selection of snacks, drinks and a discreet atmosphere - making it very much worthwhile the membership, especially for those who are after a more relaxed and private stay at the hotel.
TimHoWan is probably the Lotte Hotel’s most visited restaurant because of its international reputation for brilliance and surprisingly inexpensive menu. It is an extension of the famous Michelin-starred dim sum house which first started in Hong Kong, then Singapore and is now available to both locals and visitors of Hanoi. The prawn dumplings and BBQ pork baked buns are an absolute must.
It is advised that these are washed down with a delicious Goldmalt draught beer brought in from one of Hanoi’s microbreweries. It is essential to book in advance.
Opening hours: 11:30-22:00. Location: 36th Floor.
4. Red River
As mentioned earlier, there is only one food establishment in the Lotte Hotel that is not run by the Executive Chef, Mr. Ingo Moller, and that establishment is Red River, one of Hanoi’s most revered fine dining Chinese restaurants. Korean born chef Mr. Tang Ching Yao is a master of the Chinese cuisine and his menu offers dishes made only with with the freshest and finest ingredients available.
The restaurant has a focus on seafood and is generally considered to be traditionally Cantonese with a slight Vietnamese twist. Set-menus are also available for those who want to try a little bit of everything.
Escape Asia and the West altogether only to lose yourself in this trendy Egyptian themed two-storey luxury lounge. The night club consists of a DJ room show casing chilled out house music, an upstairs lounge and a live performance room. Visitors come here to enjoy small bites and carefully crafted cocktails along with the stunning backdrop of Hanoi’s evening skyline.
This establishment has a license to stay open until late, making it a particularly popular venue for those who are up for a bit of a late night out.
Grill 63, as the name would suggest, is located on the 63rd floor of the building which inevitably gives its visitors the opportunity take in spectacular panoramic views of the city while they eat from “the lava stone grill”.
The restaurant imports all of its meat from Australia, the US and New Zealand and is probably one of the most reasonably priced steak houses in Hanoi. The truffle mash potato is an absolute must as are the New Zealand lamb chops. There is a selection of wines from around the world to accompany the grilled meats.
The restaurant also serves a lunch carving buffet from 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday for a very reasonable VND290,000, which includes a draught beer or soft drink. The selection of meat is changed on a daily basis so it is best to call up in advance if you are after a particular type.
We leave the best to last. The crème de la crème. Top of Hanoi is the highest open-air sky bar and restaurant in the city. It gives visitors the unique opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, listen to the silence of the skies and absorb breath-taking views while they sip on cocktails or work their way through a menu of carefully selected beers. There is a dining area on the upper deck of the rooftop which serves only the freshest produce. Needless to say, reservations are vital.
The Top of Hanoi is designed to give it a maritime look as it is shaped like a ship, with two upper decks at each end and a lower deck in between.
Guest DJ’s play a selection of chilled dance music every night, making it a super spot for those who fancy a little shuffle on top of the city.