Asian hotels do brunch so well and the Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi is no exception. There is a large selection of buffet options, including an extensive seafood bar with oysters, crab, tiger prawn and smoked salmon sashimi. The highlights for me were the cold buffet and the puddings which were seriously extensive, including a large cheese selection. The cold buffet had some interesting dishes such as a sea urchin panna cotta, actually one of the nicer sea urchin dishes I've had but nonetheless it still had an element of tasting like you imagine a rockpool would taste like! At US$50 per head without wine and US$85 with free-flowing red or white, it is a relatively expensive indulgence but well worth it (as long as you don't need to be too active in the afternoon!).
15 Ngo Quyen Street