Culinary trends change in Tel Aviv at the same pace that the prime minister changes his political views. But while the tapas and tacos fight for the same spot, the Asian kitchen is the only one to have established itself at a safe spot in the Tel Avivian scene. what I like about Hanoi, one of the best Asian restaurants in town, is contradiction between the complexity and proximity of this restaurant and the way it is designed. You sit on empty vegetable crates that were made into chairs, the space is small and the design is rather casual, mundane and spontaneous, and so is the service. When it comes to food you finally understand that everything in this place is carefully planned and singlehandedly selected, and all the scenery is made to loosen up the unnecessary formality we've gotten so used to. What's more important is that you must order a table if you want to sit there at a reasonable hour, even casual has its limits.
My favorite dishes at Hanoi are mango salad, spinach rissole with lemon grass sauce and the lovely Fu soups that are actually a whole comforting winter meal. If you're not that hungry, the Ban rolls are a lovely Asian snack.
Lilienblum St 18, Tel Aviv-Yafo
12:00 - 00:00