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Cha Ca La Vong

14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #411 of 1,013 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $10
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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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Kuala Lumpur
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

I read that this restaurant is so famous that the street was named after it, rather than the other way around. Fish grilled in oil right at your table. Delicious. p/s-note the original is in an older shop. There is another more modern restaurant across the street with almost the same name, with its menu saying they are mentioned in... More 

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Manila
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

The value of this place is that it plunges you headlong into the Hanoi / Vietnamese one-dish restaurant experience. Chunks of fish fried in oil, dump a whole bunch of greens (green onions, leeks, dill, ciriander, etc.) in it, spoon over the noodles, sprinkle with peanuts, add the wonderful sauce. I can't say I've encountered any dish like it anywhere... More 

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Melbourne
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Paid 190k dong for a single serve - was tasty initially but found the dish much too oily towards the end. Overpriced for what you get!

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Shanghai, China
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

The one dish restaurant makes what seems to be a simple dish. We first heard about this place watching Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods and started to drool as we watched. True, this isn't a cheap meal for what it is. Upon ordering, you will have you table set up with a plate of cooked rice noodles, a big bowl of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012 via mobile

Had an early lunch at this restaurant today. They hardly speak english. Just a sign to show you that the restaurant only serve one dish. Ordered portion for 2 pax and the grill fish came in a pan of oil. 2 plates of cold noodles, a plate of veggies (spring onions I suppose), peanut, chilli and a bowl of greyish... More 

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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

The cat fish is served with peanuts, aromatics herbs, and noodles. The size of a portion is rather small. The taste is delicious!!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Good food - a nice taste of traditional Vietnam. A cooker with chunks of fish in oil í brought to your table along with greens, peanuts and chilli and noodles. Add to the cooker á you please. 150000 for one portion

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

This place has zero ambience. The grumpy waiter places a laminated sign in front of you - one dish, 150K VND (~$7.50). We requested three orders of cha ca as well as three beers (which never showed up). The place is crammed with tables and pans of sizzling oil are hovering dangerously over patrons' heads as waiters dart from kitchen... More 

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Singapore
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Even though paying 8 USD for a lunch is quite a lot in Vietnam, don't expect to be treated very well. The ONLY experience you get is, good and authentic food. the staff doesn't speak ANY english and are not exactly the most courteous you'll find. Still, a must do overall, since you get the authentic feel. Just think of... More 

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Clinton, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This restaurant gets good reviews but doesn't deserve it. There is no atmosphere and you are treated like a number. The food, which is always a fried fish dish with sides of noodles and veggies is expensive for what you get. This is a classic example of a restaurant whose long history keeps bringing in customers, but it has lost... More 

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Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10

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