- Mario Ng
Room Service Review: InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72
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 InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72’s room service!
When I first checked in that afternoon, I went to the Club InterContinental Lounge for some afternoon tea. This resulted in me not being hungry until later that night. Of course, it was a good time to enjoy a room service meal.
I decided to go for the usual favourites, ordering some spring rolls and pho, before finishing it off with a creamy sago dessert.
I ordered the Vietnamese Spring Roll Duo as an appetiser. As its name suggests, the dish was a combination of fresh and deep-fried spring rolls. The prawn filling tasted fresh and the dish was decent enough. With six spring rolls, it is just the right amount to share with your partner. Uniquely, there is also a Western-style salad coated with presumably some Thousand Island sauce as a side dish to the appetiser. The dipping sauce comes in a bottle that had a generous amount.
After finishing all six spring rolls, the star of the meal must be the Traditional Chicken Pho. InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is obviously aware that the noodles will expand if it is soaked in broth for too long. Hence, its broth is always separated from the noodles so that guests can pour it onto the noodles when they are ready to enjoy the dish.
The pho came with a generous amount of Vietnamese herbs and bean sprouts, key ingredients in any pho. The broth was still piping hot when it was poured into the bowl. As a result, I was able to thoroughly enjoy the hot bowl of pho. The chicken meat did not taste like it was freshly cooked, although enjoying meat that was cooked the day before is a delicacy that many Asian countries’ cuisines take pride in. The meat was decent and I was still able to enjoy the dish. The broth was flavourful and worked well with the ingredients. As a testament to the quality of the broth, I finished the entire bowl of soup.
As with all meals, the best way to complete one is by enjoying a dessert. Similar to the pho, the dessert was separated from the sauce. Once you are ready to eat it, you pour the entire content into the bowl. It comes with coconut shavings, fresh fruits like dragon fruit, honeydew, and strawberries, and a huge amount of sago. Once you have poured the sauce into the contents of the bowl, mix thoroughly. The end result is a sweet-tasting dessert that has the natural sweetness of fresh fruits that combines perfectly with the richness of the sauce. The perfectly-cooked sago meant that I kept eating spoonful after spoonful until none was left. This was arguably my favourite dish of the night.
Overall, it was a nice dinner for my final night in Hanoi. The appetiser was a good introduction to Vietnamese cuisine while the traditional pho tasted just like the many stalls that sell it in the city. In my opinion, it is a major benefit to enjoy a good-tasting bowl of pho in the comfort of your hotel room. Lastly, I believe InterContinental has a knack for creating delicious desserts. The final dish was just so tasty that I know I will order it again the next time I am in InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72. All in all, a good room service meal in Hanoi!
Total cost: VND 698,544.00 (approximately S$41.60) (inclusive of all government taxes)
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