With such dizzying levels of ambition comes the immense pressure of managing numerous fine eateries without compromising on the quality. Thu – assistant manager to the Quang Ba Street branch of Cousins – has been at it for two and a half years with Cousins. “Quality is the key,” she explains.
Craft beer in Vietnam is booming. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City boast at least 20 craft brewers combined, with new ones bubbling up all the time. Stop by Standing Bar in Truc Bach, Furbrew in Tay Ho or Pasteur Street’s new tasting room in the heart of the backpacker district, and the crowds confirm the headlines. And brewers see an even stronger future.
"Furbrew is still relatively new as a brand, but it is already dominating the craft beer scene in Hanoi in its own right, thanks largely to their founder and seriously bearded beer-genius – Thomas Bilgram,”
After six years in Berlin, Oanh Nguyen came home to Hanoi and opened Kaiser Kaffee. Now nearly two decades old, the beer hall-esque restaurant offers some of Hanoi’s best German food, beer and Teutonic trinketry. Just don’t ask for an IPA.