After travelling a month in Vietnam and having the chance to experience many different restaurants being Vietnamese by my father myself, I must say this was an absolute disaster. Nothing authentic here, just good enough for tourists. Fish was overcooked, beef in claypot chewy and full of fat and MSG. A vegetable plate consisting on a few pan fried leaves and again, MSG and probably oyster sauce to cover the lack of flavour, herbs or spicies, like I can easily find in bad Chinese restaurants in Paris or in London, where I leave. Horrible atmosphere with drunk and noisy backpackers. The only good thing, the kindness of the staff although they messed up our order and forgot the side dish, and tryed to cover it by offering a plate of raw tomatoes, lettuce and onions. The dish we ordered arrived so late that we had already finished the others.
Vietnam has an amazing food culture, if you are interested in discovering the essence of this country, you need to get away from this kind of tourists spot, unless, and I was sad to be a witness of how limited some travellers are by watching the table next to ours having French fries and mayo, you feel comfortable visiting Vietnam and are happy with western food such as Chips, Pizza or burgers anywhere you go.
Unfortunately, mass tourist are of this kind, and this is probably why this Lanterns has so many good reviews.
Lanterns is one these bad, expensive and unpleasant restaurant I ever tryed in Vietnam.
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