Owner and executive chef Hoang Nguyen opened Cutisun just over three years ago. Since that time, it has expanded from a modest single-room diner to having five dining rooms spread across two restaurants opposite to each other. The name, incidentally, comes from Hoang’s childhood moniker — cu ti sun refers to a small boy whose teeth have gone black from too much candy.
One step inside the Lissom Parlour, I am transported to a world of tranquillity, leaving behind the non-stop commotion of the coffee street of Nguyen Huu Huan. A closer look reveals not a typical coffee shop, but more like the living room I’d love to own, had I been endowed with such good taste.
Located in the Lancaster Building on Le Thanh Ton in the spot once inhabited by Sin Lounge and Cepage, Qui Dining Lounge looks like it has been around for longer than the short time it’s been open. It offers mood lighting and a mellow atmosphere that is equally good for lunch, the afternoon, after-work cocktails, or for an evening out on the town.
A new eatery has opened in the Press Club Building featuring a menu by two-star Michelin chef Alain Dutournier. With over 40 years of experience in the French culinary world, Chef Dutournier has branched out of France for the first time with La Table Du Chef, looking to bring his brand of haute French cuisine to Hanoi.
Just a stone’s throw from the Opera House, the recently opened La Plume is awash with urban elegance. Sat on the third floor of the Press Club Building, it feels a bit strange to look out of the window and see the red and green roofs of Hanoi staring back. Don’t worry, you haven’t been somehow transported into a bygone era, though the soft jazz piano and the red wine in your hand might make you feel like it.