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Cha Ca La Vong

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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Bangkok, Thailand
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Surprising to see a nearly empty upstair front room mainly with tourist. When the fish came, it was rather tasteless not penetrating into the piece, not the same as we had remembered. Service was the same, poor with little attention. It was so expensive, over 1.4 million dong for 4 person. Bad food and expensive, never again.

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London
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Again a tip from my Hanoi raised friend. I hadn't tried the specialist dish they serve here before, but it is truly excellent. Good place for fish eating family and friends.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The worst restaurant in Vietnam even I am Vietnamese and ofcourse don't want to say that bad. I got rotten food today.

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Thank Van K
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39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I have lived in VN for more than 4 years and this is the worst meal I have ever had in this country. The meat was off and to over this up they over-salted the food so you cannot taste it was off. They bring out more food than you order and the meal was incredibly expensive. It is designed... More 

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Philippines
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We went because this Cha Ca is the only "must try" dish that a 100-yr old restaurant is offering. At first it looked like the servings were for 1 person instead of for 2 but it ended up satisfying. Fish was tasty with the turmeric, dill and green onions. It was cooked in a lot of oil but thats where... More 

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Renmark, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Have to agree with many comments which we read after our visit. First impression was a drain smell inside. Food was edible but poor value for money, especially for Vietnam. Service was poor but the reason for the low rating was that the place was filthy. Our table was sticky, glass for the hot (slightly warm) tea was dirty -... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

It was quite difficult to find the restaurant - it was on the second floor and quite small. But I loved the warm and friendly atmosphere here - it felt like you are having lunch at home. Definitely coming back!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Fish is good but may be not as great I expect. My wife and kids thinks the fish has muddy smell. But I like it, I smell it too, but I thought it was ok. The shop is small and not so clean.

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Thank Imanmarvel
Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

First stop for lunch after landing in Hanoi. Restaurant was very keen to advertise and push that they were in lots of guide books for their grilled fish dish. Tried several times to get us to order. Instead we ordered fried rice which was a little dry and spring rolls, chicken pho which again was average. Beer was warm. Overall... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

It was raining like crazy, but we found this place about 4:30 in the afternoon. The actual restaurant is on the second floor and they don't open until 5, but there was already one other customer waiting. We ended up ordering three dinners for two people, it was soooo, good. It's a special fish, I don't know the name, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?