What they say about Don’s Bistro

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for being recognized by the Luxury Restaurant Awards 2016 !!!

Prominent among Hanoi’s finest dining destinations since opening in 2009, Don’s Tay Ho offers exceptional dining and casual social experiences on the waterfront of Hanoi’s increasingly fashionable West Lake (Tay Ho) neighbourhood. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed chef-owner Donald Berger, Don’s Tay Ho delivers a refined dining experience with an extensive menu that encompasses Western, Vietnamese and pan-Asian cuisines, while the famous rooftop Oyster Bar beckons with its lake vistas, well-executed cocktails and nightly live jazz. Set within a remodeled four level lakefront residence with panoramic views, Don’s Tay Ho deftly blends a variety of experiences on each floor – casual drinks and bar snacks – stylish dining across two floors with consummate renditions of international cuisines – and vibrant rooftop cocktails and music. Widely popular, Don’s Tay Ho attracts both a discerning local and expat clientele, plus a good number of well-informed visitors.

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City Pass GuideBy famed Montreal-born Chef Don Berger, Don’s – A Chef’s Bistro’s impressive menu ranges from authentic international specialties and an oyster bar to sophisticated fusion dishes all mastered to perfection. Pair your meal with wine from the in-house wine cellar and end it with a premium cigar. Dine indoors or out, chic or casual, smoking or non-smoking. Don’s – A Chef’s Bistro has got it all from eclectic art to refined decor and a dazzling view of Hanoi’s West Lake.

The focus of Don’s – A Chef’s Bistro is on local produce, top-notch imports and flawless service. Overlooking Hanoi’s Tay Ho, Don’s – A Chef’s Bistro serves all your favourites including wood-fired pizza, pastas, gnocchi, risotto and Vietnamese and Asian gustatory delights. Whether you’re looking to entertain a potential client, clinch an important business deal or celebrate a romantic reunion or anniversary, Don’s – A Chef’s Bistro will not disappoint.

Fodors TravelThe only venue in Vietnam to make it to the most recent list of Asia’s 50 best restaurants, Don’s is fully deserving of its exalted reputation. The impressive menu ranges from authentic international specialties and an oyster bar to sophisticated fusion dishes. Canadian chef Don Berger eschews culinary frills to deliver food that places an emphasis on local produce and top-quality imports. No-nonsense options such as pasta and risotto, steaks and grilled meats, and wood-fired pizzas don’t push the envelope, but deliver brilliantly within their parameters. The location overlooking West Lake, meanwhile, is effortlessly romantic.


Just a few years ago, Tay Ho was a sleepy cluster of fishing villages on the northern outskirts of Hanoi. Tourists rarely ventured out here – and neither did locals.

“People asked why I was opening a restaurant all the way out there. Back in 2003, there were only fish farms and noodle shops here. Fraser Suites [a luxury apartment complex] was a bomb crater,” recalled Canadian chef Donald Berger, whose lakeside district bistro, Don’s, was Vietnam’s only entry on the 2013 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

But since 2010, when a paved road was built around Ho Tay – the lake after which the neighbourhood is named – an influx of creative expats and locals have transformed the area, opening chic boutiques and bistros infused with a Vietnamese sensibility.

La Razon Don's BistroSpanish Review – Una vez realizadas las compras, nos fuimos a cenar a un restaurante que tenía unas vistas increíbles al lago. Se llama Don Bistro, y lo recomiendo sin dudarlo. No sólo por su ubicación que es perfecta, sino porque todos los platos que nos sirvieron allí estaban deliciosos, de mucha calidad, y muy bien presentados todos.

Además, cuentan tanto con comida asiática como occidental. No dejéis de probar las ostras gratinadas!

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Donald Berger is one of the handful of expat chefs credited with bringing Hanoi’s culinary art to the cutting edge. He arrived in Vietnam in 2000 to take over the kitchen at the Press Club and almost immediately made a name for himself, thanks to a creative menu that referenced cooking styles and bites from all over the world.

In fall 2009 he opened Don’s on West Lake, a fifteen-minute taxi ride from central Hanoi. The restaurant occupies a four-story building with several dining rooms on each floor and a glamorous terrace on the roof that has comfy loungers and a Champagne and oyster bar. The menu is quintessential Berger, running the gamut from mac and cheese, vitello tonnato and hearty steaks to such Vietnamese classics as spring rolls and pho.

Asia Life Magazine Don's Bistro HanoiA local institution, with Chef Patron, Don Berger at the helm, Don’s serves up quality food done well. This is one of the more sophisticated dining experiences on offer in Hanoi. The top floor of the lake-side venue boasts an oyster bar with a selection of imported fare.

Canada Dons Bistro Hanoi

The Ambassador of Canada to Vietnam, Ms. Deborah Chatsis, congratulated Don’s, a Canadian restaurant in Hanoi, on its inclusion on “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants” list for 2013 and on the awarding of the San Pellegrino “Best in Vietnam” award. “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013” list was published by World’s 50 Best Asia in Singapore in March.

“We are delighted to celebrate Don’s award today. He has been a pillar of the Canadian community for years, and a constant partner for the Embassy. His restaurant not only serves terrific food: it’s also an extension of Canadian culture and culinary expertise. In his own way, Don is a Culinary Ambassador for Canada.” remarked Ambassador Chatsis.

Don’s restaurant, on Xuan Dieu Street in Hanoi’s Tay Ho District, provides customers with a wide variety of International and Vietnamese comfort and fine dining dishes, from Foie Gras to Banh Xeo (rice crepe) and Banh Cuon (rolled cake) using Canadian, Vietnamese and other high quality imported ingredients. The restaurant has pledged to provide 100% guest satisfaction to all of its customer’s demands through its diverse menus and a well-trained team of friendly professionals.

Born in Montreal, Donald Berger is a Canadian Chef and Restaurateur who has worked in many 5-star hotels in the region before settling down in Hanoi as Chef Patron of Don’s Tay Ho. During his work and travels in Asia as an Executive Chef, Donald has cooked with Canadian ingredients and participated in culinary promotions alongside several Canadian embassies, including in Vietnam. Donald’s commitment to using Canadian products has contributed to the recognition in Vietnam that Canadian ingredients are of exceptional quality, and as a result are enjoyed by consumers in mainstream restaurants and supermarkets in Vietnam.