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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 #335 of 848 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.
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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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English first
Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a trap. Only one item on the menu. They serve you very small amount of fish with cold noodles. No hi no bye. We ate there and found a place and had a full dinner again. Maybe they don't like tourists there.

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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

While this restaurant may only serve one meal it is well worth the visit. The Hanoi style fish is one of the most amazing dishes I have ever tasted. The fish melts into your mouth and the spices that are used turn the dish into an amazing meal! I would recommend that anyone visiting Hanoi visit Cha Ca La Vong

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Firstly when we entered we weren't greeted, we we're told to go upstairs. Once we were upstairs the waitress didn't acknowledge us, only said two, we said no only one, she then turned around and said no. We then left. This place is empty so you would think that they would be desperate for customers.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Food is tasty, the special for this dish is herbs. Too much oil! And the price is expensive. The service is not nice, they even do not ask me what i will order. But it is good to try.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I visited the restaurant in "Cha Ca" street to try this dish, everything was clean and nice. I can't complain about any thing. Staff was so helpful and fast. The Cha Ca was delicious and tasty, but I warn you guys asking the staff to serve th fish sauce with Cha Ca instead of shrimp sauce!

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

After being personally recommended Cha Ca La Vong (by a local no less) we were excited to try the renowned dish. After having read many reviews all raving about the delicious food, we were extremely careful to ensure we went to the correct Cha Ca La Vong, and not the imitation restaurant across the road. We were not greeted upon... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went to this restaurant at lunchtime to try its signature (and only) dish. I found the dish a bit too oily, but my husband loved it. Goes to show how something can be 'okay' for one person while being 'great' for another. (In fact, he wanted it for dinner, but I put my foot down). The tiny fish fillets... More

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Paris, France
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12 reviews 12 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I went here for lunch one day based on the recommendation of the hotel receptionist across the street. She said it's "very good" so we gave it a try. I hadn't done any research ahead of time so I didn't know it was a "famous" place. They only have the cha ca dish and it was good. It's not a... More

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NC
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129 reviews 129 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

So I see a slew of bad reviews. Well some local Hanoi friends of our took us as they said this truly is the best place like this in town. They also said tourists end up at the wrong place across the street all the time thinking they are here. You have to go up a tiny stair case to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

14 Pho Cha Ca is Overrated! Visited by celebrity chefs, popular food bloggers or so, it accounts for being overrated while actually offers ok food and bad services. Food is so so. Fish sauce is too plain which I believe it should be richer to go with plain fresh noodle. Using Ca Lang, found mostly in the North and Ca... More

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