Song Hong 2016 Half Marathon

Burger Wars

Four expert judges battled lunchtime traffic, salad cravings and meat sweats to taste 10 burgers in two days. David Mann delivers the verdicts on who’s dishing up the best beef burgers in Hanoi. Photos by Julie Vola


There has been much talk recently about which joint serves up the best burger in Hanoi. So, we decided to find out for ourselves and hit 10 restaurants known for the quality of their patties-inside-a-bun.


A quick disclaimer. Each restaurant agreed to join the tasting — this certainly wasn’t done blind. And each restaurant was allowed to choose the burger they would make for the challenge.


Our instruction was simple and clear: give us your best burger. Even better, give us two of them, exactly the same.


Our entrants duly complied.




The Judges


Peter ‘The Foodie’ Nacken



Tall, German, and armed with razor sharp taste buds, Nacken helps run the Foodies in Hanoi Facebook group which has accumulated more than 3,600 members since its inception. Peter has dined in restaurants from New York to Fiji but maintains that “at heart, I’m still a Hamburg-er.”


David ‘The Food Writer’ Mann



Seasoned food writer, Word staff editor and self-declared burger lover.


Soren ‘The Butcher’ Nielsen



This is one man who knows his meat. A butcher turned food production manager turned hotdog-maker; Soren is the man with the hottest wieners in town. Pioneering Hanoi’s first authentic Danish hotdog stand, he’s also launching a range of authentic German bratwursts and Italian sausages.


Cyprien ‘The Food and Wine Guy’ Pierlovisi



Few people love food as much as Frenchman Cyp, co-founder of the new hit gastro pub, Cousins, and the regional manager for gourmet food importer, Classic Fine Foods.


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  • john powell
    john powell Tuesday, 28 July 2015 17:54 Comment Link

    Omitted, and maybe worth a visit....and report

    Provecho 95,000 with fries
    Black jack's (big burger, nicely cooked.) 155,000 with fries
    Kangaroo (great value, big burger nicely cooked) 150,000 with bacon, lots of chips

  • Nika
    Nika Monday, 02 February 2015 23:45 Comment Link

    Kangaroo cafe burgers (and salad, and chips) on Bao Khanh str are also worth to include in the list!!!

  • dl
    dl Monday, 02 February 2015 15:53 Comment Link

    bone "barrow"

  • Olivier
    Olivier Monday, 02 February 2015 14:02 Comment Link

    Must have to try the burgers from Factory47 on Hang Buom Street!!!!

  • jason
    jason Monday, 02 February 2015 13:48 Comment Link

    Think we missed the Jw Marriott burger???

  • Don Tuan
    Don Tuan Monday, 02 February 2015 03:14 Comment Link

    This is BS. Jacksons does a damn fine burger dudes! Get with the programme!

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