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“And now for something completely different”
Review of Chim Sao

Chim Sao
Ranked #166 of 2,628 Restaurants in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

A local friend recommended this place for its authenticity and cuisine. If you want to eat something a bit different , this is the place . The atmosphere is great and it appears it is local hang out . Which was the main reason to visit . A real gem ....highly recommended !
Be adventurous and order pigeon !

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Chim Sao is definitely off the beaten path and offers a more adventurous selection of Vietnamese food than you'll find at some of the more tourist-oriented restaurants in the Old Quarter. The food is generally decent/average, but would have been much better if they had pumped up the seasoning just a bit. Texture and freshness was there, but the flavors were a bit bland.

The prices are extremely reasonable (only $1-3 per entree) and if you want to have a place to sitdown to eat, this is a good option. I've found the best tasting food to be on the street, but plastic sidewalk stools somewhat lack ambiance.

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1  Thank heydana
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Went with the family to this great restaurant. There are tables but we opted for the low tables with cushions upstairs. The food is very good, reasonably priced and tasty. Ended up ordering many things and we polished off everything. Highly recommend this place instead of those fancy fusion wannabe Viatnamese places.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

A seemingly authentic Vietnames restarurant with excellent food, lovely atmosphere......though there are tables, we sat on the floor upstairs......

Thank m0mj
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Have been here a few times after a local friend recommended it several years back and in many ways it reminds me of the popular Cuc Gach Quan in HCMC; its robust rusticity, straightforward homestyle cooking, atmospheric ambiance, convivial staff, great tastes. It is difficult not to like how they "did up" the restaurant OR what they didn't do to it by leaving much of the old structure, antiquated timber detailing and slightly ruinous interior pretty much intact; lending along the way an air of authenticity, easy charm and laid-back character. That's so true of the upstairs dining room where chairs are completely absent and one gets to eat cross-legged or sprawled atop soft cushions over low tables like any 'regular' peasant folk. Proper tables and chairs are available on the ground floor. Patrons are usually half & half local and expats *with a sense of adventure?*

The signature dish from which its name is derived is pigeon - shredded and stir-fried with local spices and eaten with rice crackers very much like an appetizer. For a deep fried cutlet with a difference, try it with the frog meat finely minced along with its bones (to provide a crunch). It is actually quite delicious if you don't mind the calcium supplement. Duck slices fried with coriander and basil is tasty as well as the squid with dillweed. There is an obvious penchant for the infusion of aromatic herbs into the cooking. While the variety is not that extensive (compared to cuc gach quan), there enough to make an interesting meal. If you want to make it even more interesting, try the turtle stew. and on a wintry day, the hotpot really satisfies. Chim Sao serves up several potent home brews which seems very popular especially with the dinner parties upstairs. Great experience!

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1  Thank ECKLKualaLumpur
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