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“Disappointed!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong
Ranked #1,270 of 1,722 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, 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.
Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews
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.

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Brooklyn, NY
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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
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Bali, Indonesia
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Cha Cai Fish is pretty delicious but oily...”
3 of 5 stars 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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Melbourne, Australia
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119 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Locals haunt”
3 of 5 stars 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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