Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi

| 23 Mar 2019
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Cousins Restaurant, Hanoi
15 Ngo 45 To Ngọc Van, Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi
+84 838 670 098


Price guide: $$$

23 Mar 2019

Cousins is a popular cafe restaurant set in a large colonial-style villa in Hanoi's West Lake area. it's a good escape from the city centre. There is a second Cousins in Hanoi's French Quarter.

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When Cousins opened in its first location on Hanoi's West Lake almost five years ago, it became a favourite stop for a relaxed bite and a glass of wine for me and many others in Hanoi's expat area. In early 2019, Cousins relocated to a new larger colonial-style villa - also in the West Lake area. They've also opened in the French Quarter of town.

Cousins West Lake serves cafe fare like salads, wraps and pastas, and mains like Australian Entrecôte (580K VND) and Beef Pot-Au-Feu. There are options for vegans and vegetarians. Most mains are around 300K.

There's also an extensive cheese menu - a good match for a wine list that's tilted towards the Old World. Expect to pay more than 700K for a bottle of wine.

Owned by long term French expat Cyprien Pierlovisi, the menu is French influenced, but this isn’t a French restaurant.

These guys care about their food and their spaces. Staff are good too.

The original Cousins was the launching pad for a group that now has restaurants around Hanoi and Saigon. Nearby Italian restaurant Cugini is from the same people.

Cousins restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Cousins restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi

The courtyard at the back is good for families and has big chalkboard for kids.

Cousins is non-smoking indoors.

There’s another Cousins worth checking out in Hanoi’s French
19 Ngo Doan Nhu Hai, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

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