Vine Wine Boutique Bar & Café, Hanoi
Tay Ho District
Tel: 84 4 719 8000
Concierge.com's insider take:
At Vine, the wine is the star of the meal, and the decor reflects that. Rows and rows of its 100,000-bottle inventory glint from the walls of the 80-seat dining room. With 1,000 labels to choose from, there's a wine for any dish, which is helpful since chef Donald Berger's free-ranging cuisine reflects nearly 30 years' and a world's worth of influences. The multicultural menu features spring rolls filled with sautéed forest mushrooms and braised beans; grilled lemongrass-skewered Alaska sea scallops; and linguine with duck, sun-dried tomato, and dried-olive ragout (best matched with an '04 Vynfeld Marlborough Pinot Noir). The slate floors, soft lighting, and muted lounge music whisper of a sophistication rarely seen elsewhere in Vietnam. Ditto the prices, though the bill is presented like a gift in a lacquered box inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The West Lake location is about two miles north of the Hoan Kiem tourist district, but Vine is a hit with expat foodies and upscale Vietnamese alike.
Open daily 9 am to 11 pm.