Food & Drink

A new legend at Hanoi’s grande dame adds extra buzz to the capital

By Eloise Basuki

Feb 19, 2019

THE SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE has long been the go-to dining hub for high-society Hanoi (not to mention our hangover cure: Bamboo Bar’s croque monsieur is doctor’s-orders cheesy), but the sparkly new two-story Angelina adds a fresh rendezvous to the century-old hotel. Start at the floor-to-ceiling main bar, where cocktails like Angel-In-A-Box (Talisker, shiitake tincture and oloroso sherry are served in an applewood smoked glass box) offer speakeasy-style showmanship. Move upstairs to the loft dining space for chef Aurélien Houguet’s European comfort-food menu, or head down the hall, to the curtained-off whisky lounge beckoning with velvet wing chairs, a roaring fireplace, and bottles as classic as Bushmills’ 21-year-old Irish whiskey. Though the hotel is famous for its war-era bunker, this latest den is much more appealing.

sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi.com; mains from VND590,000; drinks from VND220,000.

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