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“Grill Fish” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong
14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Ranked #946 of 1,363 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Grill Fish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Hmmm I wouldn't said it was nice food nor bad, it's all depending on individual. For me is just ok , but the price is too expensive for a few pieces of fish

Visited March 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Only one choice: fish!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This restaurant in the Old Quarter of Hanoi is well-known and popular with locals and tourists. You eat what is served, and you help cook it. First rice noodles, greens, cilantro, lime wedges, and fish sauce arrive at the table, along with a laminated card telling you there is only one choice (grilled fish) and giving the price. Next comes a little gas hot plate with a skillet in which pieces of fish are already sizzling in oil (not "grilled"). The greens are added and stirred in. We threw the cilantro in, too. You cook this concoction until you think it is done. Then you layer in your small bowl cold noodles, hot fish and greens, fish sauce, and chopped peanuts. The waitress came by when we had taken all the fish and greens out of the skillet. She poured off the extra oil, tossed in the noodles we hadn't eaten and some fish sauce--a noodle dish was ready in a few minutes..
Enjoyable experience--no frills, yummy fish (no bones). Give it a try.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Disappointed!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

I doubt if 1/2 of the price is the admission ticket of visiting a heritage restaurant, we pay 170000 per head, but each of us can only share 3 little piece(9V battery size) of fried fish, some veggie and a bundle of noodle. All 5 of us need to top up a load of baguette at the bakery at the opposite road. Taste is OK. You can have a seafood noodle in a nice decorated restaurant with just 105000 here. So I will not go again & won't recommend it to friends.

    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing...I want to go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I read about this restaurant in an in-flight magazine, and decided to check it out. Thank goodness I did! The food is amazing!

The good: promptness, fish, veggies, noodles, beer, value

The not-so-good: I dined solo and was placed at a table with a couple, who clearly didn't want me to join them. They asked to be moved, and this happened again with another couple. I know this is done because the place is so popular and gets crowded, but maybe put solo diners at one table...would save some awkward moments.

Overall, this was one of my favorite dining experiences ever!

Visited March 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good experience in Hanoi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Ordering this Hanoi favorite here is so easy since they only serve one dish. Beware though it is deep fried and not grilled as the menu suggests. They are very generous with the delicious greens and refill if you eat up. The extra herbs made up for the oily fish. Definitely a favorite with local families.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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