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Cafe Hanoi

It takes a fair amount of innovation, creativity and flair to develop the hottest eatery in the rapidly expanding Britomart complex.
By Will Seal
August 01, 2011
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By Will Seal
August 01, 2011
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It takes a fair amount of innovation, creativity and flair to develop the hottest eatery in the rapidly expanding Britomart complex – luckily for Tony McGeorge (Ponsonby Social Club) and Krishna Botica (Prego), they have it in droves. The result?  Cafe Hanoi

Having visited a few times previous to this particular occasion (once on a semi-busy Thursday and a really busy Saturday - this I hear is the norm at this place, so choose your dining evening accordingly), I selected a slightly more quiet Wednesday night for dinner. Having received word the basement bar was the place to go for a pre-dinner aperitif, we adjourned for cocktails in the underground cellar.

Immaculately designed and decorated, and with a shortlist of cocktails that will leave you reeling (from the taste), the subterranean alcove provides the perfect place for unwinding before dinner is served. I recommend the Lucky 13 cocktail, while the Old Quarter is something to go for if you're feeling in need of a stronger beverage.

The wait staff were highly attentive and the wine-list is well stocked, whilst the menu has a range of delicious morsels.  Based on a “shared dish” approach, diners are invited to select a variety of dishes - I recommend the ‘shaky beef’ - just like James Bond’s martinis, they don't stir.

The food, as expected from the team behind Prego, was nothing short of sublime.

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