Cha Ca La Vong, Hanoi

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    Cha Ca La Vong: 90,000VND per person

    by sightseeing Written May 8, 2008

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    ok..let's face it..

    this restaurant is getting more and more attention by tourists..

    and if u've done the research, they sell only one dish - Cha Ca...

    priced at 90,000 VND per person, we gave it a missed, and turned to Golden Land restaurant opposite to it..

    Cha Ca La Vong-serve only one dish, no aircond, cook it yourself, expensive.
    (2 person can't order for one)

    Golden Land - varieties of menu, aircond, nice ambience, waitress cook it infront of you, at only 75,000 VND per person. (we order Cha Ca for 1 person, and side dish spring roll, turn out to be a full and satisfied meal )

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    Cha Ca La Vong: Unique Vietnamese food experience

    by happy128 Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    A little shop in a small little lane. However it is very famous, so you can easily get the direction from any local. Their business in very good, packed with local and foreigners in the 2 storey shoplot.

    We were not sure how to order, the waiter show us the menu we order the set for about 35,000dong each we ordered two sets. It came with a charcoal po, some spring onions, some vegetables(mint leaves?), some onions, some oil, some cut chili. We did not know how to start. Then the local sat next to us show us we have to out the spring onion/veg into the hot pot, put some oil then fish slices(called cha ca in vietnam). After the fish is cooked, we could eat with the rice noodles provided, you could add the cut chilly or shrimp sauce or lime to go with it.

    Favorite Dish: Cha ca (the fish slice)

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: Over-rated and over-priced

    by emmanue113 Written Jul 4, 2007

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    Heard so much about the restaurant and the dish, I thought I had to give it a try. I missed it a couple of times because it only opens for dinner at 5pm. So, on the last day of my trip, I made it a point to get there at 5pm for dinner, before rushing to the airport at 6pm. Well, it was a great disappointment. I find the dish (made up of grilled fish cubes and vege) tasteless and oily. Definitely not worth VND 75,000 per person.

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    Cha Ca La Vong: Fish In Pan

    by yeikloen Written Dec 6, 2006

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    There has been much hype about this restaurant, ran by 5 generation on Cha Ca Street. I have not tried any other Cha Ca but I will surely do in another restaurant the next time when I am there. They charge VND70,000 per person which I think if way too much for the portion but it is the way the food is being served. You get load of veg and noodles but there isn't enough of sauce to eat with... but should try at least once......

    Favorite Dish: They do not serve anything other than Cha Ca

    Cha Ca La Vong The Pan Veg?

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    Cha Ca La Vong: No talking needed

    by KookieDough Written Apr 3, 2006

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    We really didn't need to say anything when we ate at Cha Ca La Vong. We just took our seats and signalled how many servings we want. The attendant returns with a bubbling iron plate of fish with plates of noodles, herbs and fish sauce.

    Before finishing the first plate of this Vietnamese specialty, customers usually ask for another one. Again, no need to talk. There is no other dish served in the venue, so no explanation necessary. Anyway, mother said don't talk when your mouth is full.

    You shouldn't leave Hanoi without having tasted Cha Ca. Don't be intimidated if the attendants seem not the usual smiling faces of Hanoi. I think it's part of the charm of the place. My husband and I even regret not returning before we left Vietnam.

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    Cha Ca La Vong: It must be Cha Ca, because it's on Cha Ca Street

    by pez Updated Aug 2, 2003

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    The classic Cha Ca place. Ambience is a bit local. If you want similar Cha Ca, visit La Brique on Nha Tho street. It's about the same price, but the atmosphere is friendlier to foreigners.

    Favorite Dish: Well, they only serve one dish. Cha Ca is fish fish fried over a charcoal stove on your table, served with dill, nuoc mam (fish sauce). Very delicious.

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    Cha Ca La Vong: Try the stinky sauce

    by dragonfr7 Written Feb 9, 2007

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    This place is famous enough that most people have heard of it by now, since it's probably the only place in the Old Quarters that serves the "Cha Ca" dish (grilled fish). But I noticed that the last time I was there, when we sat down, they served us the dish with the standard Vietnamese "nuoc mam." Traditionally, the dish is eaten with an odiferous shrimp paste sauce that non-locals would probably have to ask for. It's called "mam tom" and you can't miss it by the smell :-) If you're willing, ask for it and try it the way locals do!

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: Avoid- A massive Rip off full of tourists

    by paullyt Written Mar 28, 2012

    First time i have been compelled to write a review, unfortunately a bad one. Tonight I went to Cha Ca La Vong with my girlfriend after seeing it recommended in the lonely planet. Sounded good as a local place that has been going for 5 generations serving only one dish...

    BUT it was terrible. From the moment we arrived the staff ignored us. We found a table to sit down and then had some cold rice noodles and herbs dumped in front of us. The hot plate with fish came out next, the taste was ok but there was nowhere near enough of it- about 10 small pieces. And, at 170,000 Vietnamese Dong per person it was a complete rip off!! We asked for beers which arrived 10 minutes later with the top on. We then waited another 5 minutes until we were given a bottle opener to open them ourselves!

    The place is filthy, and had a load of tourists who'd obviously read the same glowing lonely planet review..

    For what came to $20 USD, try somewhere else that has a nice local feel to it and better value for money.

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    Cha Ca La Vong: Our beast meal in Vietnam.

    by euzkadi Written Oct 16, 2005

    I saw this restaurant in the book "1000 places to see before you die" of Patricia Schultz, so i thought it´s going to be the typical touristic place, but it wasn´t. The place was full of local people (we were the only foreigners), and the food, a only one dish menu, was GREAT. Try the Cha Ca, with a cold Hanoi beer, delicious. A must in Hanoi.

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: definitely over-rated!

    by whiffoflavender Written Jun 28, 2005

    For a restaurant that has such a long history, the interior is a let down. It's just like other local eating places in the old quarter, If you want a taste of dining at some hundred year old houses, you would have a better bet in Hoi An. For a hefty 70,000d per person, the portion is miniscule and we realise the foreigners are being discriminated against. The two locals beside our group of four had servings twice of our shared portion! When we questioned the waitress about the apparant difference in food portion, she couldn't answer us and ignored us instead. Service is definitely not good; we get no smile from anyone at all! So try the Cha ca somewhere else!

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: Really great local food

    by Sachaogjimmy Written Nov 21, 2004

    When coming to Vietnam you want to try local food which is different from what you are use to. One of the very first options you should consider is this restaurant which only has one dish: "Cha Cha". Cha Cha consist of a marinated fish which is barbequed at your table. From time to time you have to add dild and others fresh herbs and then eat it with cold noodles. It tastes extremely well. You cannot get it in other cities, so when in Hanoi you should not cheat yourself from this experience even though the price at 75.000 VND is a bit high!

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  • Cah ca la vong: Avoid unless you like being ripped off

    by Deniseamericangirl Written Jan 4, 2011

    Avoid this place. It has been featured in Lonely Planet, maybe at one time it was value for money but the guide we looked at said it was $6 per person; it was $10 per person and we needed to ask for more food because the portion was so sparse. Please note, we are not obese greedy people- we just needed more food because the portion served was not at all sufficient for one person never mind for two people. The restuarant is a dump, grubby dirty and lacks any soul. This place will give Hanoi a bad reputation if people continue to be ripped off like this. There's got to be better value for money in Hanoi, I shall pursue that tomorrow night. Save your money, do not eat here.

    Favorite Dish: There is one dish on offer here- an insufficient amount of fish dripping in oil and dressed up with some rice noodles to make it look better than it is.

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  • Cha ca la vong: Do not go there

    by dinhngo Written Jun 5, 2011

    Do not go there, it was a joke for us,we went there in May 2011 and it cost us $28 for a few pieces of fish and noodles. owner was rude, food was bad,I nearly punch the guys there after they toll us our bill was $28.

    Favorite Dish: Nothing good about the dish or the Restaurant

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: absolute rip-off...DO NOT GO HERE!

    by enguyen7292 Written Jul 4, 2011

    We just went to this restaurant and also got ripped off. We're Vietnamese but look viet kieu so we got the english plastic card stating that the dish is 150,000 dong per person. My wife and I were with our 8 year old and 5 year old so were required to order 4 portions (understandable at first)...which we soon found out consisted of 2 skillets of fish, each containing 8-10 tiny pieces of catfish covered in turmeric.

    We assumed surely that such little food for 150,000 each would result in a skillet each...but when they told us each skillet was 2 portions i was floored.

    I had to run to an ATM to grab cash as we didn't realize the price was so high...on the way I asked a motorbike taxi if the price was right and he confirmed it was definitely a foreigner rip off price.

    I came back to pay and asked the lady if the price was a foreigner only price and she said she couldn't tell that I was vietnamese when I came in but insisted to charge 600,000 dong for the family...outrageous either way.

    How this place gets on all the tourist maps and top ten listings for food in Hanoi I'll never know...the food was street food quality at best...the service was horrible (chronically constipated staff should not be dealing with customers)...and the prices we relatively outrageous.

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  • Cha Ca La Vong: What a shame...

    by SachaMortensen Written Aug 18, 2008

    Me and my husbond went here 4 years agao and we both remembered it as different amd eceptionally good. So we had no doubt in our mind to come back this time and try the food once again.
    This time we did not meet our expantations at all!! We were so dissapointed! The food was uneadible to put it mild!! To much oil and no flavor at all!!
    We will return to Hanoi but never to this restaurant again!

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