French gastronomy is often considered one of the leading cuisines in the world, earning its spot as an ‘intangible cultural heritage’ on UNESCO renowned heritage listing. With a cultural connection to France, Hanoi’s eateries inherit such influences and bring about a rich and distinctive culinary scene, from sidewalk local-food vendors to fine-dining restaurants. When you looking for French restaurant in Hanoi, here are our recommendations for the 4 restaurants to enjoy.
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Le Beaulieu was the first French restaurant in Hanoi. Many have frequented the restaurant since its opening in 1901, including politicians, entrepreneurs, diplomats, writers and war correspondents like Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene, Lucien Bodard and Somerset Maugham.
In operation for over a century, Le Beaulieu has proven that it is only getting better with age, winning multiple prestigious awards and earning its spot with domestic and foreign clientele.
These days, Le Beaulieu is most well-known for serving up the finest meals in a traditional ambiance and poetic setting of well-preserved French aesthetic with a touch of Indochine. The storied Le Beaulieu highlights classical yet modern French cuisine that exudes charm, sophistication and authenticity, from Foie Gras Poêlé, Bœuf Rossini, Canard à la Presse to Soufflé au Chocolat. Paired with the sublime dishes is an extensive wine selection: Le Beaulieu’s wine cellar is stocked with more than 100 Grand Cru Classés.
Aside from being the acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, Le Beaulieu is also prominent for sumptuous Sunday brunches every Sunday from noon to 4PM.
Location: 15 Ngo Quyen, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, HN
La Badiane is dedicated to an encounter between continents & cultures – a delicate fusion of French flavors and Oriental spices. The restaurant occupies a whitewashed colonial villa that is filled with natural sunlight. A lush courtyard brings guests to a friendly, calm and relaxed setting. Besides the French A la carte in Hanoi menu, La Badiane also offers sets that are carefully selected for different dining times, appetites and purposes.
Location: 10 Nam Ngu, Cua Nam, Hoan Kiem, HN
Set on top of the Press Club building that used to be the Journalist Association or Foreign Correspondents Club from the 1920s, La Table du Chef has the reputation of being one among the best French fine-dining restaurants in Hanoi. Deriving inspiration from the South West of France, La Table du Chef infuses its passion and enthusiasm into the signature delicacies made from fresh and imported ingredients. Its À la Carte menu, along with the Seasonal or Discovery menu, will not disappoint anyone who craves a taste of modern French gastronomie.
French Grill is the renowned French restaurant at JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. Set within Nam Tu Liem District, French Grill offers a complete dining experience for the senses. The restaurant’s raison d’etre is simple: to serve up delicious dishes that are crafted to perfection before your eyes in the largest open kitchen in town and paired with the perfect bottle of wine. The menu features French specialties, including Seared Foie Gras, Pan-fried Scallop, Classic Caviar and Premium Steak. One of the highlights is their signature technique, exemplified by the charcoal grill or the dry-aging method to ensure your food choices achieve tiptop perfection.