The first thing you’ll notice when entering the place, is that unlike what its name tells, The Hangout is more of a fine dining restaurant than a place to really hangout at with your friends. It’s nicely decorated, spacious with indoor and outdoor areas unlike most of the places in the neighborhood, and the staff is quite friendly and welcoming.
We sampled the following items from their menu:
- Onion soup (11,000 L.L)
- Foie Gras (26,000 L.L)
- Chicken rolls (13,000 L.L)
- Pan fried mushroom with halloum (13,000 L.L)
- Charcoal grilled sojok (14,000 L.L)
- Beef Stroganoff (27,000 L.L)
- The Hangout gourmet burger (24,000 L.L)
- Fondant au chocolat (12,000 L.L)
- Pain perdu (13,000 L.L)
Given that The Hangout is still operating in soft opening stage, I found the food to be quite good. I totally loved the Foie gras, the chicken rolls, the fried mushroom, the grilled sojok, and their gourmet burger. I also overheard at an adjacent table that the salad bar is pretty good too. The other items were good as well, but I thought they could be improved a bit.
For example, I would have preferred the onion soup to be a little thicker, and the beef stroganoff meat a bit tender. The desserts on the other hand need to be re-worked, and don’t get me wrong, they’re seriously not bad, but I personally believe a great dessert can turn an average meal into a memorable event, and that’s what one would expect from a place like The Hangout.
Anyway, the overall experience was very pleasant, and the restaurant’s atmosphere alone can set you in a good mood even if you just went there for some drinks or wine at the bar. It’s definitely worth a try.