Like many expats before her, staff writer Jesse Meadows stopped in Hanoi on a backpacking trip in early 2015 and just hasn’t managed to leave yet. A compulsive documentarian with a case of incessant curiosity, she loves buying one-way tickets, photographing dance parties and writing stories on the bus.
A new eatery has opened in the Press Club Building featuring a menu by two-star Michelin chef Alain Dutournier. With over 40 years of experience in the French culinary world, Chef Dutournier has branched out of France for the first time with La Table Du Chef, looking to bring his brand of haute French cuisine to Hanoi.
Just a stone’s throw from the Opera House, the recently opened La Plume is awash with urban elegance. Sat on the third floor of the Press Club Building, it feels a bit strange to look out of the window and see the red and green roofs of Hanoi staring back. Don’t worry, you haven’t been somehow transported into a bygone era, though the soft jazz piano and the red wine in your hand might make you feel like it.
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