Down an unassuming side street in the Opera Quarter there’s a leafy alley that leads to the most magical courtyard between two colonial mansions, and the restaurant, La Badiane. Our last meal in Hanoi before flying south for Phu Quoc Island, La Badiane serves up elegant French-Vietnamese cuisine in their calm, light-filled courtyard.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that a restaurant’s atmosphere is just as important as the food to my mind, and La Badiane’s thoughtfully decorated dining room is the perfect setting for the relaxed and elegant meal ahead. Founded by three French friends in 2008, La Badiane is French for star anise spice, and is both a fusion of flavors as it is a fusion of the friend’s special talents. Benjamin Rascalou, the restaurant’s chef, combines “high-end” cooking techniques with local spices to create something entirely new. We visited for one of their prix-fix lunches and after a week of pho and bun cha we were so glad we did, enjoyning the calm and lingering over a late lunch and a glass of wine. In the evening the candlelit space would be the prefect place to enjoy dinner before taking in a show at the Hanoi Opera House. Whenever you visit I cannot recommend this place enough!
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