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Nominated for Best South East Asian
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This JLT venue occupies a delicious little niche as the only ‘proper’ neighbourhood Vietnamese experience in the emirate. There are tables spilling out on to the pavement for the cooler months, while inside Hanoi Naturally you’ll find some fun, young and charming decor. Staff here are functional and efficient, but perhaps more importantly the chefs in the kitchen are Vietnamese. Don’t miss the summer roll appetisers, two fat, cold spring rolls of thin and squidgy rice dough, stuffed to the brim with shredded fresh vegetables and vermicelli rice noodles. But, don’t leave without trying Vietnam’s national dish: pho. Try the most traditional option: the beef brisket bowl, with fat rice noodles and fine, tender slices of beef in a sweet and delicately spiced broth, with a richly beefy flavour to it. You can eat fairly authentically here, and have an experience that is not only affordable, but also (dependent on your choices) fairly healthy too.
Cluster C, Gold Crest Executive Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai (04 431 3099).

By Time Out Dubai staff

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