|Subject: Re: Vietnam and Cambodia|
Two good restaurants in Hanoi are Cha Ca La Vong. It's very well known and only serves one dish, cha ca la vong. It's a grilled fish platter and the restaurant is famous because of it. Also, Season's is a very nice restaurant. It's right across the street from the Metropole Hotel and has two levels. One level serves french food and the other serves Vietnamese. Unfortunately, I don't recall the names of the other great restaurants we ate in. Do have a drink at the bar in the Metropole, it's a beautiful hotel.
I've not been to Saigon (HCMC) but I saw two great looking places on the show Cook's Tour. One was La Biblioteque and was the former library of a woman who was the first female lawyer in Vietnam. She now runs a restaurant and it's a very dainty and lady-like place with lovely Vietnamese food served on pretty china. The other place, (the name I don't recall, but I'm sure any hotel person would know it) looks like a real kick. They cook rice is small clay pots, then pick the pots up with tongs, toss them across the room, and break them open at your plate and serve fabulous food on top of the rice. The place is open air, with plastic tables and a canvas roof and no walls. It looks like a not-to-be-missed place!