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Coffee shop with a difference in Ha Noi

Update: February, 28/2012 - 10:04

 

Hot comfort: Miriam's Cafe has a relaxed international feel. Coffee-lovers can not only sip freshly roasted coffee from India, Guatemala and Malawi, but they can also watch the whole process taking place from their table. — File Photo
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Miriam's Cafe

Address: 8 Ton That Thuyet Street, near FPT University

Tel: 04 379 563 71

Hours: 7.15am – 8pm

Prices: VND25,000-100,000 (US$)

Comment: a friendly, cosy and opened space for friends and families, with various kinds of coffee and European-style food.

 
Unlike Highland and Trung Nguyen, Miriam's Cafe brings an international flavour to the coffee scene in the capital. An Vu reports.When you want to explore a new flavour of coffee, different from the popular Highland and Trung Nguyen varieties, try Miriam's Cafe. From the moment you set foot in the cafe, you can sense the definite European style.

The first thing that caught my eye was the huge modern coffee roaster and a coffee grinder. To my surprise, one of the staff held a big pack of green coffee beans near the roaster. Soon after, he brought my friend and I a macchiato, priced at VND55,000 ($2.68), and a caffe mocha, for VND68,000 ($3.31).

"After a long time living in Germany, I wanted to bring a little bit of international flavoured coffee to Viet Nam. Coffee here is carefully selected from many countries like India, Guatemala and Malawi. Compared to other coffee shops here, we offer a new way of drinking coffee, and want to make it a culture. We have also brought Germany technology here and use the most modern coffee machines," says Dao Ngoc Anh, an overseas Vietnamese who has returned from Germany.

Along with enjoying a flavourful coffee, customers can watch the entire process of making a cup of coffee as well. A German coffee expert is always there to help customers learn more about this special drink.

"You might find the coffee's flavour to be a bit weaker than normal, since we select coffee beans with low acid concentration, which is better for your stomach," adds Anh.

The two-storey building, located on Ton That Thuyet Street, near the FPT University, offers a cosy and open space for people of all ages. A large, soft couch on the first floor provides comfortable seating for large groups, with a full view of the entire street outside.

Further inside, an intimate space opens up for those seeking privacy or a place to set up their laptop and work, with two tall stools facing each other.

Upstairs has a fresh, bright atmosphere, which is a rare find in central Ha Noi. Here, you can feel at home amidst the colourful patterns and warm light, which have created a friendly space to sit and relax.

For lunch, you can try a bowl of fresh creamy soup for only VND30,000. A combination of French cream, Mediterranean spring onions and minced chicken give it a special taste, however the dish may appeal more to foreigners compared to a local person like me.

Beside the soup, there are three other soups on the menu: chicken noodle soup, VND35,000, broccoli cheese soup, VND30,000 and potato soup, VND40,000.

Pizza also features on Miriam Cafe's menu, offering toppings such as salami and mushrooms, and ham and pineapple for VND100,000. Anh says the pizza has a thin and crispy base, and contains less fat than American-style pizzas.

Customers can also create their own pizza, with various choices of toppings including ham, salami, tuna, anchovies, gouda cheese and broccoli, and each additional item is only VND10,000.

The cafe also boasts a wide range of pastries, which are the perfect accompaniment to drinking coffee. I tried a piece of cake which called Morning Glory Muffin for VND25,000 and I immediately knew I would return to the cafe! The muffin was made with a delicious mix of carrots, raisins and coconuts. The owner also suggested the sesame bagel, panini and waffles, three types of traditional bread that have become famous all over the world. Priced at VND65,000 each, there is a lot of choice to meet customer demand.

If you're a pasta lover, there is also a range of fresh Italian spaghetti, including carbonara for VND100,000 ($4.87).

Anh intends to expand her cafe in the future, into a chain of coffee shops all over the country, she says she wants to bring the diverse flavour of international coffee to Viet Nam.

With unique coffee and great service, Miriam's Cafe will no doubt become a favourite rendezvous for the capital's coffee lovers. — VNS

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