Hanoi Hannah New Quarter a nod to Vietnam

Photo: Jake Roden

Photo: Jake Roden

Dine with a group at Hanoi Hannah New Quarter, Commune Group’s first foray north since the original opened in Windsor six years ago.

It takes multiple mouths to finish the sticky tamarind pork hock, which you shred from the bone and roll in rice paper with Asian herbs, lettuce, cucumber and pineapple.

I had high hopes for northern-Vietnamese favourite cha ca – enjoyed overseas, chunks of turmeric-coated rockling sizzle on a hot plate and scissors chop piles of dill to throw in. Here it’s a small serve of oily fish with minimal greens.

Ditch chopsticks to dig into deep-fried fish wings or charred beef rib with chilli “crack salt”.

Dessert is Saigon Sally reincarnate – the tiri-mi-sally ice-cream sandwich from the now-closed restaurant. Staff pull up a seat to take orders and deliver extra food when the kitchen slips up – gaffes are handled with grace and add personality.

Suspended rattan cabinetry snakes along the ceiling above a monochrome mural of Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter – a nod to the contagious atmosphere that New Quarter is creating in Richmond.

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