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“Best meal in vietnam”

Oc Bong Hau Sai Gon
Ranked #1,238 of 2,445 Restaurants in Hanoi
Cuisines: Asian
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

If you do not mind to sit at the street and the local throwing empty shells on the floor and the waitress is sweeping the floor while you were eating. This is a must try in Hanoi,

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We stumbled across this lane way restaurant on the way to the Natural History Museum - it was full of locals and the variety of shellfish being stir fried and barbecued was impressive to say the least! We ordered Clams in Thai Broth, crab claws in chilli and garlic and both were superb... Sweet snails in chilli sauce were very interesting. We were fortunate to have support with our ordering from an English speaking patron as many snail dishes are sold by weight and we have no Vietnamese :) Thoroughly recommend this adventurous, unique restaurant. The tiny stools and low plastic tables are worth the effort and add to this local dining experience.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

First a disclaimer: If you are not big on shell fish don't go to this restaurant. They specialize in shell fish, particularly snails of every possible type. We got adventurous when we were out walking around and saw a big crowd eating in a small alleyway near the French Quarter in Hanoi. We were totally taken in by the rich aroma and the drama of the three wok-style burners that were busy cooking. We decided to eat there and had to wait for a table. They serve both in the alley and in a very small indoor area. Tables are typical of Vietnamese street food: plastic, very small and low to the ground with small, low stools to sit on.

This is a new restaurant, I believe the manager said less than 6 months old. It is also typical of much of the food world's recent direction, a celebrity owner (Miss Vietnam of 2010) a well known chef (was the personal chef to Miss Vietnam and claimed to have cooked for Madonna) and new styles with traditional ingredients.

We ordered a total of five plates, three of which were different types of snails prepared in vastly different ways, a crab dish and a fish dish. Some of the dishes were very spicy, some were savory and a couple seemed very traditional (freshwater snails steamed in lemon grass), despite never having seen them on any other menu. They also offer beer, soda and tea to drink.

The experience was a unique combination of new Vietnam and old Vietnam. A combination of street food and restaurant dining, a combination of very highly touted ingredients, highly prized in fancy french restaurants (escargot anyone?) and what seemed common food readily available in Vietnam. This is a place I could easily see Anthony Bourdain having a field day visiting.

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