Cousins is a cosy, relaxed, cafe right by Hanoi’s West Lake, serving a broad range of dishes from standard cafe fare like salads, wraps and sandwiches, to pastas and more serious mains like slow cooked ribs, grilled lamb cutlets and rabbit with mustard sauce and couscous.
Owned by two French cousins, Cyprien and Maya - who really only got to know one another well in Hanoi - the menu is French influenced, but this isn’t a French restaurant.
Cousins combines Cyprien's years of restaurant experience, with Maya’s business and operational talents.
These guys care about their food, their spaces and atmosphere too - and it shows. But there's nothing fancy about Cousins and it’s well priced too.
There's a good selection of wines - only a handful by the glass.
The garden's a good spot for a chilled afternoon or evening by the lake with a glass of wine and a book - away from the bustle of the city.
If you're not familiar with the area, check the location before you head out. Quang Ba St winds around the lake so you can easily end up going the long way in a taxi. It's best approached from To Ngoc Van.
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