To give you an idea of where this review is going, I mean who actually walks out of a Vietnamese restaurant in Vietnam? How bad can it be? I mean really? Nobody walks out of a cheap Vietnamese restaurant! Well, at Newday, it can be really, really bad. Oh, I've done the backpacking thing all over the world. I know a thing about cheap restaurants. But the #11 restaurant in Hanoi? Not in a million years. Newday was dirty. The food that we did get was bad. It was packed with travelers, of course.... All of whom apparently read TripAdvisor. But did they really need to cram us into a communal table in a back room and then add a family of five? Complete with crying children? And why did it take 40 minutes to get two decidedly poor spring rolls? And what happened to the rest of our food? And why was everything so unappetizing?
More and more food and travel blogs are beginning to question why certain restaurants and hotels - particularly in Vietnam - are getting consistently rave reviews. Well, this is the first time I have seriously questioned the veracity of Tripadvisor reviews of a restaurant. A grungy restaurant with good food can be a real treat. But Newday was just grungy. We walked out after 40 minutes of hell. I gave them 150,000 VND for the food we had eaten - I would have gladly paid twice that amount just to escape. The one star given in this review is not for Newday, but for the reliable products of the Coca-Cola company we had while waiting for one of the worst food experiences in a country known for its stunning cuisine. No way this place should even rate a review in Tripadvisor....something seriously wrong here.
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