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“Cha Cai Fish is pretty delicious but oily...”
Review of Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong
Ranked #1,646 of 2,293 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $10
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Cha Cai Fish is pretty delicious but oily...”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We are Balinese and Chinese foodies so we were really excited to try this Hanoi institution. Overall, we did like the flavours of the fish especially the fresh dill, but we did not try the sauce. Even though we regular cook with shrimp paste in Bali, the consistency, smell and colour of the sauce was a real turn-off. Totally agree that service was horrendous. The only thing I was happy as that it inspired me to make a dish like this back a home, without the pool of oil!

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank WanderingFoodLover23
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Locals haunt”
Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

We went to this famous old eating establishment. We were the only westerners in the place which which to us said it all. The place is basic the food once you get the right mix of fish sauce and greens is ok. As there is only the one dish you go there because we can and we can say we have eaten in a family restaurant that is over 100 years old. If you are finicky don't bother but if you love a sense of why you are in Vietnam just go

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“The fastest food..”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Cha Ca La Vong is a deservedly famous institution in Hanoi. The dish, grilled fish served with rice noodles, served at the table with a combination of dill, asian vegetables is seasoned with fish sauce and garnished with coriander and peanuts. It's an excellent dish and anyone who likes Pho, will inevitable like Cha Ca La Vong. So long as your a fish eater then this is a must try experience. The staff are suitably arrogant in a kind of funny French way. They know they have a winner and they know the people will come. It's USD$11 for the dish and a beer so talk that its expensive is just plain bunkum.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank WernMachine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Not worth dining”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

We heard about this famous restaurant and thought of giving it a try. We were quite early for our dinner which was about 6 pm. So, getting a table was not a problem.

I think they only served one type of food in this restaurant. As the staff could not speak English except only able to tell the price of the food there, we did not get to ask much about their menu. So, once you are there, they will just show you the price of the cha ca set and ask you to walk upstairs. They will know what to serve you without you ordering.

It was 17 USD for two sets which was quite expensive for what we got. The amount of turmeric fish pieces were quite little and the pieces of fish were small too. The set also came with two plates of green vege and two plates of cold rice vermicelli. However, it did not come with any drink and I think they only serve beer because when I asked them about drink, they only said beer. The taste of the fish was just okay. I did not like the cold rice vermicelli.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank poch
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Great dish, but not everyone's cup of tea”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

This dish is really really, really popular with all the locals here. But there's only one thing that can put off foreigners: the shrimp paste! It's got a really strong smell, as well as taste, and even some of us Vietnamese cannot get over it. However I'm seriously addicted to the sauce, and it perfectly complement the grilled fish! The experience is fun as well, as you can prepare the whole dish by yourself. All in all, you'd either love it or really hate it, as I could see some foreigners sat there struggling to get over the sauce, and there's no alternative available..

Correction for some of the reviews: the fish are grilled on charcoal, THEN deep fried.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Duy N
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