Room Service Review: Hotel de L'Opera Hanoi
When it comes to hotel room service, we generally have a couple of things to look out for in determining if that particular hotel’s room service is worth it. First, we do expect the prices to be quite high, as with most five-star (or otherwise similarly-ranked) hotels. Correspondingly, in terms of taste, the food should be similar to what one can find in good restaurants in the country. Based on the above, we rate Hotel de L'Opera Hanoi’s room service!
As it was my first night in Hanoi and I was only staying in Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi for a night, I had to order a room service dinner. This is especially so since I would not be enjoying the hotel’s breakfast the next day.
I went for an ala carte three-course meal. As part of the meal that I ordered, it also came with complimentary crackers, which I most definitely loved. It was a nice starter of sorts to kick start my meal and I found myself forced to stop eating the crackers so that I could enjoy my room service meal properly.
First off, I went for the global-favourite fresh Vietnamese spring rolls. The filling was generous and I enjoyed all four spring rolls when I mixed them with the sauce provided. The spring rolls tasted freshly made, which was important for me. I know where to find fresh Vietnamese spring rolls the next time I want to have one in Hanoi. Before long, I was headed for my next dish.
I ordered an authentic chicken pho, which came in a huge bowl filled almost to the brim. The broth was already poured into the bowl together with the noodles. This meant that I would need to eat it once the dish arrives so that the noodles will not be too bloated. This is something for guests to take note of if they were to order noodles for room service, as you may be surprised at how much the noodles can expand if you simply leave them in the room while you take your shower.
The amount of chicken meat was generous; it tasted freshly cooked. This meant that it did not have the taste that it was reheated or microwaved before it came up to my room. This is an essential factor when ordering room service meals as you do want to feel like you are enjoying a freshly-cooked meal rather than a reheated meal, which you could have grabbed at a much lower cost in a nearby stall outside the hotel. At the end of the dish, I found that I finished the entire bowl of broth. This is a testament to the hotel’s chefs, as they were able to cook such an iconic dish to such excellence.
Finally, the dessert to complete the meal consisted of a simple creme brûlée. It was good and tasted like a proper creme brûlée. It was just the thing needed after enjoying a savoury bowl of hot soup and noodles. The sweetness of the dessert balanced out the taste of the noodles and it was a good end to the meal. Although it is not a local dessert and I just finished two local dishes, the creme brûlée somehow worked and it was a nice dish to complement the appetiser and main dish.
At the end of the night, I was delighted with my room service meal and was happy enough to enjoy a good night’s rest on a full stomach.
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