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Vietnam Dinner

Hanoi, July 2, 2021

Effortless amusement

" another wonderful event in the history of the Bailliage "

The Bailliage hosted a dinner at LABRI an Oriental Neo Bistro in the central Hai Ba Trung District of Hanoi.

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘shelter’ (French = l’abri)?

It is defined as ‘a basic architectural structure or building that provides protection from the local environment. Having a place of shelter, of safety and of retreat, i.e. a home, is commonly considered a fundamental physiological human need, the foundation from which to develop higher human motivations.’

With the idea of a restaurant that could bring the cosiness of a ‘shelter’ to customers, an old building in the centre of Hanoi was restored to house LABRI.

Patrons are treated to a casual, friendly, inexpensive dining experience. Each of the dishes is a careful curation of Asian flavours in perfect union. The regularly rotating menu of immaculate, market-driven dishes is built around the essence of Korea, Japan and Vietnam with a hint of French presentation.

We were welcomed with perfectly-chilled glasses of Tommasi Filodora NV Prosecco accompanied by avocado prosciutto and Nori salmon.

Our dinner was themed “effortless amusement”. The brilliantly-executed, seven-course menu was delivered by Chef Joon Hyuk Chi, Maître Rôtisseur. Wine pairings were courtesy of Professionnel du Vin Jeremie Courivault of The Warehouse.

MENU

Kiwi foie gras tart

Lion sea snail with sourdough aioli

Snow fish with Japanese dashi

Duck breast with beet, wild pepper

Pork cheek with pumpkin, truffle

Chocolate ice cream, cocoa meringue cookie

Raspberry with cheesecake foam

WINES

Schieferkopf Riesling Trocken 2018
Baden, Germany

Mâcon-Villages 2018
Joseph Drouhin - Burgundy, France

Côtes du Rhône Bio ‘Les Albizzias’ 2018
Rhône Valley, France

Satinela Blanco Semi-Dulce
Marques de Caceres - Rioja, Spain

As can be readily seen from the photos, it was another wonderful event in the history of the Bailliage. We were especially pleased at the participation of Chevalier d'Honneur His Excellency Saadi Salama, Ambassador of Palestine to Vietnam, for taking time out of his extremely busy schedule to attend.

Vive la Chaîne!

Rajesh “Raj” Taneja
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