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Cha Ca La Vong

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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

-- it makes it ridiculously expensive (by Hanoi's standard)- and people think they can get away with bad service (or no service- had the sulkiest staff).

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

Not sure why everyone is saying 170 VND. My husband and I went there tonight and were charged 280 VND each. No idea what we were getting, no one spoke English. To add insult we had to cook our own dinner. No one stood there and cooked for us as previous comments I have just read said. The fish tasted... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Our tourguide show us the 2nd restaurant of Cha Ca at 107 Nguyen Truong To str. I had the best grilled fish with noddle in my life. Should try this food when you travel to Hanoi.

Thank Alan P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

This was the final stop on our food tour in Hanoi and fortunately the best had definatley been saved for last. The flavors and freshness were outstanding. Wish I didn't have to go all the way to Hanoi to experience this dish again!

Thank Maccadee
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

A restaurant in a quiet corner of old quarters in Hanoi serves just one fish dish. Its quite authentic with the greens, rice noodles, spring onions, sauces and peanuts to be mixed in the fish which can be cooked / stir-fried on the table itself. It serves beer and soft drinks. Its just about okay to try out once for... More 

Thank Zenobia K
The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Do not need to worry about language barrier here, because they only serve one dish, their turmeric grilled fish cooked with dill and served with noodles. Local beer is extremely cheap but nice and light to drink. It goes very well with the fish dish. I will definitely come back to eat in this restaurant again if I get the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We went there after reading about it on the net. It does serve a single dish which is served on a stove on the table. The server keeps adding veggies. It is a good experience but the food is overrated. The fish by itself tastes good but so many veggies simple mask the taste. It is expensive as well at... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is the oldest restaurant in Vietnam that specialist in pan fried fish. There is only one item in the menu hence there is no need to place any order except your drinks! The fish is eaten with plain noodles with lots of vegetables and seasoning. A must try for all first time travelers to Hanoi.

Thank JudC1969
Surabaya, Indonesia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

Grilled fish??? It's more like a fried fish, so much oil... the taste is horrible. And way overpriced, too. At first for our last dinner in hanoi, we planned to eat "pho bat dan" again, but we decided to try "cha ca la vong"... we really regret our decision :( It' a big tourist trap. Stay away from it. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We arrived in Hanoi and the local tour guide told us we must try this restaurant as it was a "bucket list" item to tick off. After exploring most of the streets in Hanoi (getting lost) we found the restaurant only a few minutes away from our hotel. We weren't sure what to expect but as previous reviewer photos show... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?