Sparkling luncheon

The familiar concept of ‘East is East and West is West’ (and never the twain shall meet) is often evoked to explain anything strange that expats may encounter in Vietnam.

By Jessica Nguyen on May 09,2018 02:25 PM

Sparkling luncheon

But it’s never uttered at the Hilton Hanoi Opera’s Ba Mien restaurant, which offers a pleasant combination of the power and elegance of the West and the mystery and beauty of the East.

Different from other Vietnamese restaurants located inside hotels, the design of the restaurant is new and strong, with stainless steel pillars, a glass roof, and a gall wall fronting on to the street. Not typically Vietnamese, but at night, when the moon comes out from behind the clouds, it become a wonderfully romantic spot with candle-lit tables and moonlight illuminating the rest of space. The chairs and tables are designed in a strictly modern style, all right-angled hard wood and stainless steel.

Then the Vietnamese motifs come into the picture. The green-themed décor makes diners feel relaxed from the moment they step inside. Banana trees provide the green ambience and bamboo adorns the walls, while Vietnamese wooden puppets and two statutes of buffalos at the entrance point the way inside for visitors.

Sparkling luncheon

The dishes are also a great combination of ‘East meets West’. Apart from an a-la-carte Vietnamese menu served on weekdays, from 28 April a lavish Saturday buffet will offer an all-new range of culinary choices.

The new menu features an exciting combination of traditional Vietnamese and modern cuisine, internationally-sourced dishes, and local specialties, offering everything from charcuterie, homemade gravlax, French and Vietnamese cheese, seafood on ice, and live hand rolls, together with a Vietnamese corner, a carvery, a grill, myriad desserts, and a kids’ station.

‘The idea is to satisfy each guest’s craving as they go through their gastronomic journey during the Sparkling Lunch,’ Executive Chef Roxanne Castillo said. ‘So, we created stations that are familiar, with a mix of local and international flavours, to tickle the senses. We also wanted to pay homage to our local cheese artisans and fruit and vegetable growers, which as a foreigner I feel privileged to have access to.’

Chef Roxanne comes from a family of foodies. Her childhood was filled with great family feasts every Sunday. This experience nurtured her love for culinary art and inspired her to be a chef and also to turn Ba Mien into a great place for family gatherings on the weekend.

‘Being here at the Hilton is a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and grow my knowledge about food,’ she said. ‘I feel excited and I really look forward to discovering new culinary experiences, particularly Vietnamese produce and cuisine.’

The Guide believes the idea will be a success given its price of just VND750,000++ per person, with two kids under 18 eating for free.

Guests can also indulge in free-flow sparkling wine, house wine, beer, and soft drinks for an extra VND250,000++ per person, or go a touch extravagant with free-flow Marquis de Pomereuil champagne for an extra VND1,250,000++ per person.

BA MIEN

R Floor, Hilton Hanoi Opera, 1 Le Thanh Tong St., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi

Tel: (024) 3933 0500

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