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Cha Ca La Vong

14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible21%
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Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
$$ - $$$
14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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11 - 20 of 787 reviews

Reviewed 25 July 2017

I am not sure how they would call themselves the #1 place for grilled fish when the fish was actually fried and it was extremely greasy. On the advertisements outside you can see that the cha ca/fish is supplemented by a variety of vegetables, rice...More

2  Thank ktt115
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I will always come here for their special river fish noodles whenever I am in Hanoi. Something unusual which you can only get in Hanoi - river fish slices marinated in turmeric and served on a pan with oil. You pour in a plate of...More

1  Thank JoeCool_KL
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Except for fish , everything else is below average : roasted peanuts were old and not crispy , spring onion were not fresh , no dill came with the dish , glasses and bowls were dirty .

2  Thank Lien N
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Honestly the food was okay if you take the specialty. Otherwise the place is crowded with underage waiters who listen to loud music and smoke cigarettes IN YOUR FACE. We ordered 2 pieces of the fish specialty and they brung over 20! When comes the...More

2  Thank Juliette P
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Who else came here because a tour book told you to? We did! We were surprised that a place so specifically listed in a tour book would look like a hole in the wall still, especially a restaurant that apparently is one of the oldest...More

1  Thank EatTravDiv
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Food was tasty, and it was fun to be served in a traditional way. However, the staff are so rude and grumpy, not a smile in sight. We got the impression that they have no time for westerners. For those who haven't had Cha Ca...More

Thank Will L
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

We arrived when the restaurant just opened at 5pm after a previous fail attempt to get a seat at a later time in the evening. Entering the restaurant via what seems to be their living room and up the stairs into the dining area. Plenty...More

Thank SC_Emilia
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

Their grilled fish is super oily and disgusting, the restroom is super dirty. Stay away from this place.

Thank Florian L
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

I had high hopes of this place. It's the kind of place I really like, old classic restaurant with one specialty. However the price is high, the service is bad, they wouldn't serve for only one person, the amount of fish is small and the...More

1  Thank Manuel A
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Was charged 345,000 VND for two persons for some pieces of oily cat fish and wet towels. They showed you a paper with the price per person if you are foreigner. Received a shock for how small the portions are for two persons and for...More

1  Thank fintelligence
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13 January 2017|
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Response from DennisTanKW | Reviewed this property |
There's one across the road further down and was crowded when we walked past Hope this help
Vince V-Shim C
26 November 2016|
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Response from jeff1955malaysia | Reviewed this property |
i believe the one on the 1st floor was the original Cha Ca. due to popular demand a second one was opened. need to confirm with the owner. only problem most dont speak english.
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US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
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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