It’s often said that Saigon is the standard bearer for international cuisines and flavors in Vietnam. Yet, it’s worth pointing out Hanoi doesn’t disappoint either. With its burgeoning middle class and continued rise as a central hub for business travelers and holidaymakers in Asia, Hanoi’s culinary scene is now more appealing than ever. And with that rise, venues are beginning to cater to a growing demand for private dining experiences that can support groups and special occasions. Among hundreds of private dining experiences in Hanoi, here are five places that Vietcetera can recommend for a perfect private dining experience in Hanoi.
1. French Grill
Known as one of the finest high-end French cuisine restaurants in Hanoi, JW Marriott’s French Grill serves authentic French delicacies paired with premium wines. The restaurant menu features classic French dishes with a local twist, which is centered with grilled meat and seafood. Besides high-quality French specialties, visitors can leave amazed with one of the largest open kitchens in Hanoi and a glass-encased wine cellar.
French Grill offers an extensive area of private and semi-private rooms that are all designed in a setting with candle-lit tables, leather seats, and chandeliers. Each venue has different capacity and interior designs. For instance, the Champagne room is a semi-private room which is suitable for 4-10 guests and is set up with elegant white champagne glasses. Inspired by the color of Bordeaux wine, the Bordeaux room is decorated in a predominant red theme. The room can accommodate up to 20 people and is fully-equipped with projectors, televisions, and coffee counters.
2. T.U.N.G Dining
Nestled in the heart of Hanoi, T.U.N.G Dining brings to the capital a unique and remarkable gastronomic experience with an eighteen-course tasting menu that changes seasonally. The restaurant also features local craft beer and fermented juices paired with main courses. Besides the name of the head chef, T.U.N.G also represents the restaurant’s philosophy: Twisted, Unique, Natural, Gastronomique.
A few steps away from Hanoi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral, T.U.N.G Dining is a Nordic restaurant with minimalistic design. Using warm tone colors as the main theme, the restaurant decors are elegant and charming. The open kitchen area is put in the facade, drawing more attention from walk-in customers. A private dining room is also available for special gatherings, which can accommodate up to six guests.
3. Stellar Steakhouse
Located on the 62nd floor of InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, Stellar Steakhouse is one of the capital’s most well-known steakhouses. The restaurant presents authentic Teppanyaki experience, a traditional Japanese cuisine using an iron griddle to cook food. Stellar is known as the first and only restaurant in Hanoi to dry-age beef in-house. Dry-aged meat is then cooked in a big charcoal barbecue at high temperatures, creating a significant charcoal flavor.
Discrete and intimate dining rooms are available at Stellar Steakhouse, suitable for business gatherings or wine dinners. The private rooms are designed in a Gatsby-like setting, overseeing the Hanoi skyline. Two exclusive set menus are served for private dinners.
4. Hanoi Garden
Hanoi Garden is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant which is quite popular with the locals and curious travelers. Drawing from home-cooking traditions with a little twist of modern techniques, the restaurant menu features a wide choice of well-loved Vietnamese dishes.
Known as a hidden oasis in the city’s prime location, Hanoi Garden is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the nearby busy streets. In the middle of the building is a spacious open air courtyard featuring a waterfall and a green garden. For business private lunches and family celebrations, the restaurant offers private rooms with polished furnishings and strong air-conditioning, perfect for the summer’s muggy weather in Hanoi.
Location: 36 Hang Manh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.