Cugini Italian Restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Cugini Italian Restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi

| 01 Feb 2018
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Cugini Italian Restaurant, West Lake, Hanoi

01 Feb 2018

A new Italian restaurant in Hanoi’s West Lake area. Good food, cool space and reasonably priced for the quality. Opened late in 2017. 10 - 15 minutes from downtown Hanoi.

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Hanoi’s Italian dining scene has been in need of a lift. And it's been delivered by a Frenchman - in partnership with an Italian chef.

Cugini is a new restaurant from Cyprien Pierlovisi, the owner of Cousins, a long time favourite spot for a casual bite on Hanoi’s West Lake.

The feel is a tad more upmarket than Cousins, but still relaxed. The food was delicious, the staff were great, and the price was right for the quality on offer. Expect to spend between 400,000VND and 800,000VD on two courses with some extras.

The wine list is mainly Italian and French, with a small selection of New World offerings - with a couple of options by the glass. Cugini also offers a small selection of local craft beer.

There’s informal drinking and dining around a large table downstairs and more tables as well as private dining upstairs.

Cugini is located in Hanoi’s West Lake area, a major expat enclave - 10 to 15 minutes by taxi from downtown.


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