We might not be a five star restaurant but we do serve up five star burgers, so when it comes to manners, we know it’s all about having none…
There are no rules to stuffing a proper Chops burger into your face.
We’ve seen it all at our restaurants in Vietnam: hands, cutlery, chopsticks, upside-down, inside out, mayo in ears, lots of noise. Do as you please. Just make sure you’re not polite with it!
Here’s our quick guide to getting as messy as possible when chowing down on the best burgers in Hanoi.
Is it OK to talk with my mouth full?
No, absolutely not. We need you to shout!
Shout as loud as you can for another Peroni with a mouth full of Mac Daddy or Fat Chips.
Polite chat and chew is a fine art, not to be deployed at any Chops restaurant. Save that for boiled chicken and banh chung during Tet with the in-laws.
Messy Tip: When shouting across your table, opt for words with as many syllables as possible and consonant digraphs such as “Ch”. We wanna see bits of wagyu properly fly.
Is it OK to lick my fingers?
It’s a bit KFC, but yes, massively encouraged.
Messy Tip: In fact, don’t lick your fingers – that’s still a bit tame? Put your greasy tips into the mouth of the person directly opposite you.
Is it OK to bite into someone else’s burger?
When eating with your friends, partners, work colleagues, bosses or strangers, it’s considered completely polite – and even normal – at Chops to offer a ‘bite for a bite’!
So go ahead: everyone in the group surrender your big tasty burger to the left to get through more of our bangin’ burger menu in one cheeky sitting.
Messy Tip: In a nod to your school days, try the “two bite pass” game and hold the burger in your mouth until the next one comes around. You get really full and your eyes turn red too.
Is it OK to belch?
Does a bear crap in the woods? Well, no actually, in Vietnam the bear most likely poos in a cage. But yes – burp, for the love of beef!
Burp as loud as you can and do it proudly. And while hiccups are most likely a sign that you’ve absolutely smashed your burger way too quickly, try keeping those bad boys to yourself. Somehow hiccups don’t feel very… Chops?
Is it OK to put my elbows on the table?
Nope. And that’s not because it’s impolite but because your elbows act as a tripod to stabilise the munch. Nobody wants this. We want to see you all over the shop with your burger – especially if you’re four craft beers in.
Messy Tip: Put your elbows by your sides, hands on your knees and keep the burger in the tray on the table. Now bob for it…
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