La Salsa Hanoi, A Place To Not Go For Spanish Cuisine?

Paul and I were staying in Tay Ho Hanoi, and a beautiful day greeted us in the morning. So to me, it seemed like a great idea to take advantage of the lovely weather and go explore.

I decided to wander down Xuan Dieu street to see what I could find. Along the way there were lots of restaurants, convenience stores, bars… and great views of the West Lake.

And then, I saw this sign…

Immediately I was thinking this was a Spanish restaurant. Yet, upon closer inspection as I walked in… it was nothing like I was expecting!

When I opened the door and stepped inside… the first thing I noticed was a big glass cabinet with lots of cakes, sweets and tarts. It included items such as mango mousse cake, red velvet cake, apple tart and macaroons. They looked absolutely delicious!

Prices started from about 15,000 VND (about USD $0.65), and most of the cakes were 45,000 VND (about USD $1.95).

Then I noticed a huge range of bread loaves, baguettes, sliced bread, and more in baskets…

And then there was another fridge display cabinet full of a variety of cheeses, cold meats, butter and more…

And opposite that were croissants, muffins, donuts and more bakery items…

La Salsa Restaurant Or Something Else?

I was a little confused about what La Salsa was… Was it a bakery, a restaurant, a wine bar?  Because there was a range of wines in the back section, with tables and chairs set up.

Then, behind the counter I saw a blackboard with this written on it…

So they did serve other food including Spanish cuisine and more… such as tapas, paella, pasta, soups, and sandwiches.

In the end, it was like the bakery items were calling out to me to eat them! So, I couldn’t help but buy a chocolate éclair and a big croissant to take away.

The chocolate éclair was 25,000 VND (about USD $1.10), and the big croissant was 15,000 VND (about USD $0.65). Now, to me these prices were very reasonable.

The staff member who served me was friendly and polite too. He spoke English well.

Plus, they also take credit card and there seemed to be no minimum amount to be able to use it.

So here were the treats from La Salsa Restaurant that Paul and I shared…

So was the croissant and chocolate eclair tasty? They were good, but I wouldn’t say they were the best I’ve had. Yet, I would go back to try a few of the other items.

And they also have happy hour on some of the bakery items between 8:30pm and 11:00pm.

Then, once I left La Salsa, I noticed this sign…

So La Salsa Restaurant is a delicatessen too! To me, it’s a big mix of different cuisines and offerings, maybe to attract more people. A little confusing? Yes, but worth a try if you’re in the area.

You can find La Salsa Restaurant on 53 Xuân Diệu, in Tây Hồ, Hanoi. And the La Salsa hours are from 10am-2pm, and 5:30pm to 11:00pm. $99 or Less

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