One of our favorite quick and convenient restaurants near our apartment serves Hanoi style delights. Similar to its politics, Northern Vietnamese cuisine has a hearty Chinese influence; a lot of rich sauces and meats.
The restaurant itself is a haven from the avenue it resides on - Cach Mang Thang Tam (CMT8). CMT8 is one of the main arteries of the city, it is incessantly clogged and a bad place to be during rush hour. The restaurant is like a cool oasis from the heat and traffic. They have misters spewing droplets from an unknown water source, fans oscillating, and cold beer.
They have a small menu with pictures included; only containing five meal choices.
My personal favorite is Bun Cha Ha Noi. Small, bite sized pieces of flank steak are grilled to perfection and added to a sweet broth complete with cucumbers and carrots. A large plate of greens is provided, containing sprouts, lettuce, assorted leaves, and an unknown curly grass. Add a heaping plate of vermicelli rice noodles and enjoy.