Restaurant Bobby Chinn, Hanoi
I Had to go to Bobby Chin.
Being in Hanoi and not giving Bobby zhai a visit will do myself great injustice.
Or so many of my friends said (though many of them have not been to Bobby's too..hehe)
Bobby Chinn is one of the few fine dining restaurants in Hanoi. It's located next to Hoan Kiem lake, which provides a rather romantic setting (minus all the heavy traffic and honking...).
The interior was cozy, romantic..red chiffon and silk was draped around the restaurant, modern art filling up a whole wall, rose petals scattered carelessly on each table.
The staff were very professional, service was excellent.
We ordered and wait was not too long..
Got the bread first, which Dragongirl loves. It was fragrant, but it's not the fluffy type. The top was crunchy as it was (i suspect) pan fried. My only gripe is that it's a tad oily..
A fusion springroll complimentary from the chef.. I liked it as it was served with a tangy sauce, somewhat like balsamic vinegarish flavour..
I enjoyed the Truffle Mushroom Pho Cuon tremendously..
The fresh mushrooms were cooked to perfection; slightly springy in texture..the subtle hint of truffle oil wafting from it...wrapped in the cool rice sheet. It was wonderful, just enjoying the blend of flavours and textures.
Dragongirl had lamb shank..
The lamb was very tender, the meat was so tender that it falls off the bones easily. But I found the sauce rather over-powering. The rice was simmered with apples and some fusion of teriyaki sauce. It was just too sweet for me. Didn't like that.
My Blackened Barramundi was very fresh..The fish was sweet, the juiciness was nicely retained.The top part of the fish was pan fried until crunchy; it was coated with spices which did not blanket the sweet taste of the fish. The base of warm banana flower salad with nuts was just mediocre. In fact, Dragongirl did not like it at all.
We didn't have dessert as we wanted to try dessert at another restaurant that we spotted on our way to Bobby's.
We were chatting, enjoying our drinks after dinner when the waitress came over with 2 shells..tiny chocolate pancake filled with velvety chocolate mousse..Complements from the chef.