German cuisine cooked up by a Vietnamese top-seven MasterChef contestant? Our Mystery Diner heads to Minh Thuy’s. Photos by Julie Vola
If you’re looking for top-quality German cuisine for a reasonable price, look no further than Minh Thuy’s Family Restaurant.
Located on the busy border of Hoan Kiem, Minh Thuy’s is easy to find, and once inside, you’re struck by the simplicity of the Germanic design. Red-and-white check cloths over the tables give the restaurant a real diner atmosphere, and the bar is decorated like a Bavarian cottage, adding a feel of European sentimentality. Minh Thuy has her MasterChef apron hanging proudly from the wall.
I’m instantly stuck by the amount of choice on the menu — in fact it’s a little overwhelming; maybe this is something that they ought to consider addressing. Once your eyes start scrolling over the options, however, you’re struck again, this time by how reasonable the prices are.
On To the Food
My first choice — the goulash with mashed potatoes at VND120,000 — is a good-sized portion guaranteed to fill your stomach. Tender beef, carrots and an assortment of other well-cooked vegetables swimming in a sea of thick gravy are complemented with a dunk of mashed potatoes in the middle sticking out like a volcanic island. The dish went down a treat and almost left me unable to finish my side dishes — a real heavy German meal.
On the side I have a large bowl of German potato salad — potatoes in mayonnaise with vegetables and scrambled egg (VND60,000). A very tasty accomplice to my main meal, the potato salad is well prepared and given its size, is very good value.
Finally, I have some garlic bread to finish it all off; at VND25,000 they make excellent dippers for my beef goulash.
To water your meal down you can also choose a German beer for a reasonable price, otherwise a Halida or Hanoi beer will cost you only VND15,000 for a large bottle. And once you have finished your meal you can sit back and relax with a large cup of tea for just VND5,000 while you wait for your food to digest and watch the Old Quarter buzz past out the window.
The food in Minh Thuy’s is of a high standard and the service certainly has a family warmth about it. If you’re looking for a filling, German-inspired meal, this is the place to go in Hanoi.
Alternatively, if you’re just looking for some well-cooked Vietnamese food, you can still pull up a chair here. The menu is full of choice from a range of different influences.
In all, myself and a friend each had a main course, a drink and shared generous sides for a total of just VND315,000 and left feeling very content.
Minh Thuy’s Family Restaurant is located at 2A Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Food, Decor and Service are each rated on a scale of 0 to 15.
13 — 15 extraordinary to perfection
10 — 12.5 very good to excellent
8 — 9.5 good to very good
5 — 7.5 fair to good
0 — 4.5 poor to fair
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