Nguyen Sinh looks and feels like a typical Vietnamese shop. But the resemblance stops there. Founded in 1950, Nguyen Sinh has successfully kept alive the art of baking bread and cooking French food. At first glance, the menu was confusing with the abundance of choices and foreign languages. But once we gathered our composure, we knew what we wanted.
Pate Foie Gras (50,000 VND ~ RM7.2) - The spreadable pate had a subdued liver flavor with an unctuous texture. The photo may not do justice, but believe me, the pate was out of this world!
Assorted Cold Cuts (70,000 VND ~ RM10) - A beyond reasonable RM10 landed us with an assortment of fresh salami, precooked sausage, beerwurst, bologna and pate. The smooth pate coupled with some cold cuts was simply delicious when spread on a warm baguette.
Pate Omelette (70,000 VND ~ RM10) - The fatty pate was lightly seared then tossed onto a sizzling pan with eggs. The texture of the pate changed when cooked, but it was equally tongue tingling. Each bite was delicious, pleading for a bottle of Hanoi beer.
The warm baguette and fresh pate had us coming back for more. We were back the next day and we actually bought additional pate to bring back to Malaysia. This is by far the best pate I've tasted. =D
Verdict: TOTALLY SMITTEN
Nguten Sinh, Hanoi
Address: 17-19 Ly Quoc Su, Hanoi
Operating Hours: 7am to 10pm