Backyard Bia Hoi
Scattered around the city, bia hoi restaurants are a fixture of Hanoi streets. These joints invite patrons to sit on low stools, drink draught beer, and snack on sour pork wrapped in banana leaves. For a bit more of an upscale experience, Backyard Bia Hoi takes this quotidian fixture and places it in a verdant garden setting. The latest venture by The Tet Lifestyle Collection started by Australian Pete Wilkes, Backyard Bia Hoi is the group’s seventh project in a collection that stretches throughout Vietnam all the way to the majestic hill town of Sapa in the northwest. The restaurant sits off of a quiet residential street and is replete with a koi pond and re-purposed fishermen’s house in the back. By night, strings of kerosene lamps light the way to picnic tables scattered around the garden. Like the local bia hoi, the beer here is fresh, cheap, and locally sourced, though other beverages offer sweeter options such as fresh-pressed sugarcane juice and rum-infused coconut milk. Tables are bedecked with handmade potpourri, and tapas-style servings are decidedly upmarket: plates of warm peanuts doused in star anise and cinnamon, sautéed pumpkin and banana blossom salad.
15/50 Quang Khanh St, Tay Ho District; 84/6673-6279; Backyard Bia Hoi; beer US$1, food from US$2-5.