Story: Too Much of a Good Thing is – Wonderful

Sandra Scott

By Sandra Scott
Written on 16 July 2008
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A to die for chocolate buffet at Hanoi's Metropole Hotel.

Metropole Chocolate Buffet

Metropole Chocolate Buffet

Decisions. Decisions.

A sweet indication of how much life has changed in Hanoi is the chocolate buffet at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel. The white French colonial-style hotel, considered the Grand Dame of Hanoi, was built in 1901. Over the years the doormen have welcomed ambassadors, writers, heads of state, and entrepreneurs. It is where Graham Green got his inspiration for “The Quiet American.”

Like Graham Green and other notables, guests are still greeted by the white-gloved doorman. The hotel maintains its elegance and upholds it position as one of the great Asian hotels. But it is the chocolate buffet that symbolizes the affluence and prosperity that has arrived in Vietnam’s capital city.

The buffet is a chocoholic’s dream. It is an array of hotel-made hot chocolate, a fountain surrounded by fresh fruit for dipping, hotel-made chocolate ice cream, a variety of chocolate delights that stagger the imagination, along with a chef to make crepes. Making decisions at a buffet is always difficult but at a chocolate buffet it is overwhelming – chocolate mousse, macaroons, brownies, cannellonies, or chocolate bread pudding? Or, how about chocolate truffles, bonbons, eclairs, chocolate bombe, and white chocolate mousse? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Too much of a good thing is wonderful!

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