Tam Vi Restaurant, Hanoi - review by Rusty Compass
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Tam Vi Restaurant, Hanoi

| 13 Sep 2019
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Tam Vi Restaurant, Hanoi
4 Pho Yen The, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Lunch and dinner 7 days

13 Sep 2019

Delicious Vietnamese cuisine - the stuff Vietnamese eat rather than a hybrid for tourists - in a cool design space. These places are rare in Hanoi. I visited Tam Vi three times in a week on my recent visit.

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I took a friend’s recommendation and checked out Tam Vi in mid 2019, soon after its opening. I liked it so much I went back three times in a week.

Hanoi’s been crying out for places like this - Saigon’s had them for years.  I’m talking about the balance between keeping the Vietnamese food honest, creating a cool and comfortable space, and making sure the locals still recognise the place and the food as their own.

Tam Vi Vietnamese Restaurant, Hanoi
Photo: Mark Bowyer Tam Vi Vietnamese Restaurant, Hanoi

Hanoi’s full of Vietnamese restaurants that have been designed for tourists and Tripadvisor. They’re OK and many of them are on our list of recommended eateries. Tripadvisor’s top twenty is packed full of them. But they’re more like tourist attractions than places where you can experience the simple delights of Vietnamese cuisine.

Some of them are mediocre - driven purely by dubious Tripadvisor antics. Vietnamese diners are usually conspicuously absent.

Tam Vi is the real thing.

I didn’t spot any other foreigners during my visits.  That will change for sure.

The menu is packed with classic northern Vietnamese dishes. The food’s delicious.

Tam Vi doesn’t serve alcohol - you can bring your own and pay corkage.


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