In only a short one year, La Badiane was rated as EXCELLENT by TripAdvisor from 2012 to 2014. When we first stepped into the restaurant, we were welcomed by the rustic French-influenced design.
They had three different levels which offered different privacy. For those who wanted to dine in a garden, level one will be the best choice.
We ordered from their Degustation Menu and Ala Carte Menu to test out their full force. Their Degustation Menu came with 1 Amuse Bouches, 2 Starters, 1 Main and 1 Dessert at a price of 1.49M VND.
Gambas bisque was overwhelmed with the prawn flavor and finished with prosciutto crumble. The chef mixed the egg white with goat cheese and baked into “scallop”. They acted as flavors carriers which matched perfectly with bisque. Best to eat with their mini baguettes!
My chef friend highly complimented on this dish as she found the parmesan biscuit baked till perfection. Even resting for a while, the biscuit remained crispy and able to hold the smoked salmon. The chefs used the candied lime and preserved ginger to balance the saltiness of the smoked salmon.
The BEST risotto we had! The truffle flavor did not snatch the center stage but leveled the entire dish. The tenderloin was as soft and tender which matched with the flavorful risotto. While we bite onto the green peas and they would ‘pop’ in the mouth and gave the taste a twist with its green.
Cheese wrapped in rice paper and served with Vietnamese spring roll. The crispy skin with molten cheese and the tomato coulis was used to counter the heaviness. Straightforward and pure comfort. Just be careful as the cheese was scorching.
No weird taste from the Foie gras and the use of apple, chutney and raspberry coulis elevated the taste. We could not stop spreading the Foie Gras on the toasty baguette. Well balanced and simply tasty.
My kind of comfort food – Lamb shank! We were curious how would they plate the lamb shank, so we gave it a try. Crispy rice paper bowl and based with creamy couscous. The couscous was too sweet for my taste bud but the lamb shank was well stewed! The fattiness from the lamb matched well with the Parmesan emulsion.
Their dessert was as good as their mains. Simple and just too sweet. Thus I would not spend much effort describing them.
Rather than the modern gastronomy fine dining, they offered the traditional version. Sometimes, the restaurant tried too hard to impress the customers and lost its soul food concept. Their food might taste great but after 3 hours of dining, we felt even more exhausted. However, this was the only fine dining restaurant which we enjoyed ourselves and found comfort for our tummies and souls. Whenever you feel like spending more in Hanoi, this is the restaurant to go.
La Badiane Hanoi
Address: 10 Nam Ngư, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, VietnamWebsite: labadiane-hanoi.comPhone: +84 4 3942 4509Opening Hours: 10:00H – 14:00H, 18:00H – 22:30H