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Chim Sao

65 Ngo Hue (135 Pho Hue, turn right) | Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam
(04) 976 0633
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Ranked #258 of 861 restaurants in Hanoi
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82% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hanoi, Vietnam
Top Contributor
350 reviews 350 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Went there with friends and had no real expectations, which is probably a good approach for this place. We had one of the downstairs tables and while the wood furniture looks pretty, it is very uncomfortable. The table has a weird wooden frame that prevents your knees from getting under the table. Service was neither good nor bad, food came... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We were recommended Chim Sao by a local expat. The ground floor was not busy at all while we could hear laughs and cheering at the second floor. We sat on mats and picked random dishes. Every one of them was very tasty (especially the egg plants). Soon, we were chatting with a group of students. They offered us to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We had dinner here last night and was so impressed. Ignore the comments others have made about rude service and expensive prices. I think if you make a little effort with speaking Vietnamese it makes all the difference. Our waitress and waiter were gentle and friendly. We ordered the minced pigeon (as so highly recommended!), papaya salad, sweet potato leaves... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Our friends from Singapore told us bout this place. As locals, we have never been to this restaurant cuz we normally recommend street food if you want to experience true Vietnamese cuisine. So we were pretty excited to try. first impression, we like the atmosphere..very cozy and very Vietnamese. However, the food wasnt even close to good and the price... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Booked this reataurant for 2 adults and a 4 year old child for the 7th of Feb, this year. Booked well in advance and recieved confirmation email. The owners have a wide repertoire od food/accommodation/travel interests in and around Hanoi. It is away from the Old Quarter where most tourists stay, so we had to take a taxi. When we... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Good food and great service. Strongly recommend the Minced Pigeon meat with rice cracker as appetizer. A must order is the fried spring roll. The smoked pork was okay the shredded meat is too tough to chew but it was tasty towards the end after chewing for sometime, very smoky meat indeed. The location of the restaurant is located at... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We lucked on to this place because a local friend recommended it. The ambiance is wonderful because it's in an old house that's been converted into a chic restaurant. Things you MUST try: - Mince Pigeon on Prawn Crackers - Duck in Tamarind Broth - Sauteed Water Buffalo - Deep Fried Crispy Pork Stomach - Apple Wine (very strong, but... More

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Chim Sao is one of those off-the-beaten path restaurants that's somewhat tough to find but well worth the effort. Chim Sao serves honest, inexpensive food in its two-level restaurant. You can sit at western-style tables on the ground floor, but I'd recommend hiking up the stairs to grab a floor cushion and sit at one of the low tables for... More

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Munich, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The restaurant is located near the bottom part of Hoan Kiem Lake, quite far away from the Old Quarter, but going there is definitely worth it if you are interested in authentic vietnamese food. We were one of the only europeans there among vietnamese people, where we felt very comfortable and far away from the tourist attractions of the city... More

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Stratford, Canada
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200 restaurant reviews
302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We really enjoyed visiting this authentic restaurant. Visited multiple times for lunch during our week in Hanoi. This is not a tourist restaurant, and when we visited, we were definitely in the minority. One should visit and dine here with a very open mind. There are two levels to this restaurant, with the upstairs being the biggest dining room, yet,... More

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