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Blink and you might miss Little Hanoi down narrow, bustling Ta Hien Street, right in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter. At first glance, its unassuming premises (not to be confused with the other Little Hanoi, off Hoan Kiem Lake) doesn't make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. But its constantly overflowing patronage nad entries into the guidebooks means the owners must be doing something right.

A cosy, family-run establishment, Little Hanoi serves delicious Vietnamese home cooking at ridiculously good value. Dining here many times, it never fails to satisfy. Recommended dishes include fried tuna with sweet and sour source (VND 28,000), fried squid with garlic and vegetables (VND 30,000), or the house specialty, the succulent and spicy fried chicken with five tastes, all served with steamed rice.

From the vegetarian range, try the grilled aubergine (VND 20,000). However, do not miss the recently introduced "roll your own" fresh spring rolls with fried tuna, lemon and dill. Perfect as a starter for two, this sensationally tasty dish will remind you of why you are in this country in the first place. Due to its reputation and miniscule size, Little Hanoi is usually full, due to popular demand a second small premises across the street has opened at No. 14. But still get there early, or make reservations.

  Little Hanoi
14 and 25 Ta Hien, Hanoi - Tel: (84-4) 9260168