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The reopening follows an inspired refurbishment and features freshly made-to-order menu


The reopening follows an inspired refurbishment and features freshly made-to-order menu

Category: Asia Pacific - Vietnam - Gourmet restaurants - Gourmet restaurants
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2023-11-20
Filed by Balcony Media Group

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Spice Garden, the renowned Vietnamese restaurant at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, has relaunched following an inspired refurbishment.

The restaurant, known for its traditional Vietnamese favorites and modern interpretations of fine Vietnamese cuisine, marked a soft reopening from early August with a new menu spotlighting à la minute preparation, meaning freshly made to order, in contrast to the buffet dining that was formerly on offer.

In a country celebrated worldwide for its extraordinary cuisine, we are thrilled to offer diners our special take on Vietnamese culinary tradition redefined with French flair. With the relaunch of Spice Garden, foodies have a new ‘must-try’ dining experience in Vietnam’s capital,” said George Koumendakos, the General Manager of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

Authentic dishes are served in individual portions or shared family-style and the menu represents all of Vietnam, with a focus that extends well beyond the northern regions. The use of the freshest, highest-quality seasonal ingredients sourced from top suppliers, along with sustainable and organic produce and subtle spices, ensure an upscale dining experience.

Highlights on the new menu include Deep-Fried Rice Paper Spring Rolls, made with prawn and flower crab, served with fish sauce and herbs; Crispy Stuffed Pigeon, featuring pigeon stuffed with young rice, minced pork belly and five spices; and Tiger Prawns with Salted Egg, with wok-fried prawns, salted egg sauce and crispy panko crumbs.

Recommended drinks on the new menu include Lotus Flower Tea with a light gold color, flowery flavor and a light finish, and the Herbs cocktail, made with Royal Sedang gin, Thai basil and purple shiso.

The interior of Spice Garden has been refreshed to create a more intimate space with plenty of natural light, as well as locally produced linens, handcrafted pottery, natural fabrics in earth tones and all-new cutlery, dishes, glasses and more. The service approach is elevated and bespoke, with plating techniques that tend toward modern presentations.

The restaurant artfully combines an ambiance of cozy luxury and comfort with authentic Vietnamese touches. It’s more than a dining experience; it’s a celebration of the artistry and warmth that define Vietnamese hospitality.

Other highlights at the new Spice Garden:

● Two private dining rooms are available for more intimate dining experiences.
● An enhanced selection of Vietnamese teas and Vietnamese spirits is on offer.
Formerly known as Spices Garden, the venue is now simply known as Spice Garden. The outlet closed for refurbishment during the pandemic and has long been a celebrated destination for authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Hanoi.
For more information about the reopening of Spice Garden, or to make a reservation, please contact Tel: 024 3826 6919 ext. 8200 or email:

About Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxury venue for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers such as playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of local heritage.
The hotel includes 364 rooms that are divided into two wings – the historical Metropole Wing and the neo-classical Opera Wing. There are three legendary suites that are named after famous residents and visitors to the hotel (Graham Greene, Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham).
The Metropole restaurants and bars are all famous dining venues, each offering a different exotic experience: Le Beaulieu has the best French fare in this corner of the world; Spice Garden offers the elevated Vietnamese cuisine with a contemporary twist; angelina is Hanoi’s bespoke bar-lounge-restaurant; La Terrasse brings Parisian-style to the sidewalks of Hanoi; Le Club Bar treats guests to its famous afternoon high tea and cool jazz performances; and, finally, Bamboo Bar brings poolside lounging to the next level.

About Sofitel Legend

Sofitel Legend is an illustrious selection of heritage luxury hotels where the best of past and present converge. Set within beautiful and culturally rich destinations, each legendary retreat is both timeless and elegant, delivering lavish settings, renowned restaurants and modern comforts matched with impeccable service for the ultimate luxury experience. Noble, rare and soulful, Sofitel Legend hotels entice worldly travelers who are all drawn to these beloved places of grandeur for their storied past, architectural beauty, sweeping vistas and enchanting ambience. Sofitel Legend is part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group consisting of approximately 5,500 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries.

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