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Cha Ca La Vong

14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #307 of 770 restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $10
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.
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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

definitely place you need to go for. there are various kinds of food related to fish . the locals also come here very often.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The food was great, Cha Ca is essentially fish marinated in turmeric cooked tableside with fresh dill, and eaten with onions, chilis, and rice noodles. It is way too overpriced though, about $14/person. That is about 3 times the price of an average meal on the streets, and this location is definitely no better than that. We talked to our... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The fried fish at Cha Ca La Vong is definitely not worth the VND280,000 per pax or VND560,000 for 2 pax portion. The fish is just ok and nothing to rave about. I should have gone to the other restaurant Cha Ca Thang Long which I think is half of what they charge here based on the pricing stated in... More

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Chicago
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Fixed price meal with fish as the main entree is delicious. It seems a little more expensive than other Vietnamese restaurants in the area but it's still a good value.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I would recommend this if you are into unique cultural experiences. As other reviewers have noted this place is very simple. But it is a place the locals favor. This is a place not to go as a tourist looking for great food, but to go with your Vietnamese friends for a genuine Vietnamese experience. I would not put this... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Traveling in Hanoi, trying to find local food, typically Vietnam home style dishes, friend introduce this restaurant. But very disappoint - food taste is just ok, and service is poor, we only get one source, usually provided two sauce. And also charged chill, not extra! Really is not worth it's price! $20 USdollar, only having a few grilled curries fishes!... More

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La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We ate here at the end of our month long stay in and around Hanoi and we loved it. It is clean and they offer one dish for 25 000 - a clear explanation for any foreigners who venture there. The fried fish sizzles in front of you and you add a choice of leaves from a basket in front... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Turn up, sit down and get given a bowl of leaves with the local fish and enjoy. eat alongside the locals on the first floor.

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Amman
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97 reviews 97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

One of the oldest Vietnamese restaurant , actually it fits more in the category of Street Food, Wooden benches and tables, forget about hygiene.... A sticker on the table , mentions that one Kind of food is only served!,,, In spite of all the negative points, the food is good, it is fish ,rice noodles and herbs coriander,basil and mint.The... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I think what's most amazing is how a restaurant so dirty and serving only 1 item on the menu can survive this long for 5 generations! If you can look past the surroundings and ignore the occasional rodent and cockroach you see crawling by and get past the initial skepticism of how a fish so seemingly simply served then it... More

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