April 4, 2007 | Thai & Vietnam Cuisine
Last Friday, we had dinner at La Piazza – Kelapa Gading. This time we picked My Hanoi House. As the name suggests, they serve Vietnamese cuisine. The interior is only so so and I don’t like the huge LCD TV they installed at the corner. Another minus point is that there is no separation between smoking and non-smoking section. They did offer us to sit at the front section of the restaurant since the back section belongs to the smokers, but that doesn’t make any difference. Anyway, we found our seats, they gave us a menu and a waiter came and explains what we should order before we asked. I guess they’re just trying to be helpful but I find it quite annoying.
We ordered their “pho bo” (beef noodle soup) 33.5K for SC, “crab noodle soup / mien cua” (cellophane glass noodle soup topped with crab meat) 37.5K for me and lemon grass tea 8K. SC said the “pho bo” tasted musty (bau apek) and the beef broth tasted more like salty water with a little hint of beef flavor. He didn’t finish his meal. When he asked the waiter about the musty taste, they said that it’s natural for the rice noodle to taste like that and suggested to add all the condiments so the taste would be better. We both didn’t believe that explanation. My crab noodle soup was actually good, it tasted a bit sour but not too hot. Overall it tasted like tom yam noodle soup, I mean you can make that easily by adding tom yam paste, noodle, plus throw in some bird eye chillies, lemon grass, lime, kaffir lime leaves etc. They did offer us a complimentary dessert/appetizer as a service recovery attempt, but we’re in a hurry so we have to refuse that. I don’t think we will return to this place unless they improve their food quality.
My Hanoi House
La Piazza Lantai I/8
Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading
ph. +62(21) 438 64963
fx. +62(21) 438 64963