One of our gastronomic highlights in Vietnam! If you appreciate Michelin level food and aesthetic, Gia is a must. The food concept here explores Vietnamese ingredients and dishes with a modern twist. It combines international influences to creatively elevate the dishes which keeps things globally attractive.
The chef incorporates western cooking techniques such as sous-viding and nitrogen freezing to execute perfection on the various ingredients. Expect fine ingredients such as Iberico Pork and Oysters. Also expect to explore a bit more exotic ingredients like Pig Brain.
However, for an ultimate experience, you can upgrade with a special Wagyu A4 beef course. Beverage pairing is highly recommended for a full on experiential dining.
With our experience, a young and energetic front of the house team delivered an immersive experience through storytelling and frequent changing of the plate setting which accompanied the food beautifully. It never occurred to me that you can incorporate plate settings to tell the story of food in such a way that Gia was able to presented and it was truly a novelty!
The alcoholic beverage pairing was actually interesting with some in-house kombucha brew, local craft rice beer, and imported Japanese sake and European wine. We got a decent pour for each of the course and enjoyed learning about each of the beverage from the team.
As for the vibe, the dark walls with a chinese house interior makes you feel like you're in a speakeasy. Though the lightings, modern furniture, music and the view to the exposed kitchen were hallmarks of contemporary fine-dining restaurants. We like the fact that we could watch and see the kitchen calmly orchestrating the various dishes.
Phuong and the entire team were truly amazing. Overall we were impressed with all of the aspects of this experience and we hope to come back again someday.
Location & Transportation
The restaurant sits right in the same block as the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam. We didn't have a hard time finding the restaurant and we walked to the place from the Old Quarter. If you are not familiar with the area, take a taxi or Grab and they should be able to drop you off right in front of the restaurant. The front exterior has an exclusive feel with a gold name plate with a dark blue color wall.
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