hanoi house

Last night I tried the latest restaurant to hit U St. Corridor: Hanoi House. Located in the former Blackbyrd space, it's a Vietnamese and pho restaurant.  It's the latest spot from the Hilton Brothers and unlike Blackbyrd (the one and only Hilton Brothers venture that's ever had a relaunch), this one will be a roaring success.

I immediately loved the decor:  it's dim, richly decorated with dark woods, a black laquered bar and red accents. The music was loud and loungy.  The cocktails were yummy.  I tried the Singapore Sling (redux) and I had to stop myself from inhaling it.  It was the perfect mixture of sweet and tart.  

The food was delicious.  I was there with my husband and a friend.  We shared the green papaya salad and the pork and shrimp spring rolls.  Both were good although there didn't seem to be a dressing on the salad.  We were given two dipping sauces but we weren't sure which one went with the salad and which one went with the spring rolls.   I'll chalk that up to being open for three days.  I put both sauces on the salad and it rocked.

All 3 of us ordered the Pho Bo or the "Round Eye Special".   I loved the play on words since Pho Bo is the soup that uses beef round eye.  Tee hee.  

I really enjoyed my soup.  My husband, who is food critic in the making, had a few things to say about the broth. Specifically that was awfully dark compared to the clear broths that we customarily find in a bowl of pho.  (see picture below of the pho we ate in Paris.)  That doesn't mean it wasn't tasty.  That doesn't mean I won't be going back as often as possible.  Hanoi House is a wonderful addition to the 'hood.  


Pho paris

Pho Bo in Paris at Song Heng

top photos: POP and Urban Daddy, layout by me.  bottom photo: me via instagram.




  1. I LOVE pho and I can get a little picky about it, because I’ve had homemade pho that was excellent. So I’m eager to try this place and see how it compares to others – DC could always use more good pho restaurants!

  2. His points were definitely valid. Although the recipes come from the chef’s Vietnamese grandmother, it’s not what my husband considers a traditional pho. But it’s still yummy!

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