V Cafe: Great food and atmosphere in Dalat
After a month of travelling through Vietnam and after eating only local cuisine which don't get me wrong is excellent I was ready for some western food...Unfortunately we were in Dalat where it is quite scarce. So after some walking around we spotted v cafe and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. While it does not look like much from the outside the inside is unique and unlike the majority of buildings in Vietnam with a comfortable and warm atmosphere and plenty of seating although never felt crowded even though it was quite busy when we were as they had a live band who were very competent musicians. The prices while certainly more expensive than at a Vietnamese establishment were not unfair and certainly worth it given the quality of the atmosphere and the food.
The food was quite good. I had a simple cheese pizza which was excellent thin crust the sauce was not too sweet and the cheese was delicious and melted. My friend who had been to vietnam several times before had a chicken quesadilla which was appropriately chickeny and cheesy upon finishing it he sad it was the best quesadilla he had ever had.....in Vietnam.
The service was quite good and more attentive than we had come to expect from Vietnam with food and drinks coming quickly and we encountered no linguistic troubles.
Our experience in Vcafe was so good that we returned the very next morning for breakfast. I recommend anybody that travels in Dalat try v cafe if they want to have an enjoyable meal and a good time.
Favorite Dish: Pizza and mexican seem to be what they do best but the menu is quite large and covers several different cuisines,
V Cafe: Western fare in Dalat
My friends were craving Western food after 11 days of Asian repasts. V was right across the street from out hotel.
Favorite Dish: We had pizzas and some chicken dish. It was okay. Do not drink the Dalat wine. We did and had terrible hangovers the next morning.
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Wild Sunflower: Seafood broth and Chinese mushrooms
It is on a side street in the middle of town. We sat outside and it had the feel of a Parisian Bistro. Unlike most cities in Vietnam there were very few vendors plying their wares.
Favorite Dish: The seafood broth was so good. I game in urn with a charcoal fire underneath. The seafood was added right before our eyes. It was freshly caught and the liquid was so aromatic.
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Nothing better then try the local place where they serve very cheap the local noodle dish "Phở". However, for some reason, in this location and this day my girl wasn't enthusiastic trying a dirty little local place, so we had to skip it this time :)
Yes, Da Lat has its own Moulin Rouge Restaurant. This classic restaurant was just across the street from our hotel and so it was easy to be selected for the dinner place after whole day on the road. We had standard Vietnamese food with chicken, sea food, spring rolls and rise. The Saigon beer was as good as always with the food.
Restaurant at Datanla Falls
While visiting the Datanla Falls we also had small lunch at the restaurant at that location. Nothing great that I can say about it, the food was average but the most interesting part was a large group of locals that been drinking a lot of local Heineken beer mixing it with a lot of ice and still they got drunk :)
Long Hoa Restaurant: Yummy local home-style meals
Asian style home food, dishes served with rice.
Have options for single diners as well.
Whatever we had tried was yummy!
Service is good and owner can speak english very well.
Favorite Dish: Beef cubes with french fries, garlic rice, grilled pork with garlic rice.
HNL: Small place that does casseroles
This small place is located to the north of the main square and central market, not far from the Peace Cafe/Hotel, which is a popular haunt for western tourists. I came here and had a Dalat special dish which was a chicken casserole with vegetables and rice in a clay pot (see second photo). The rice was a bit burnt on the bottom but it was different if a little on the dried-up side.
100 Roofs Cafe: A piece of Art and the best place to relax
The 100 Roofs Cafe is one of the most attractive location in Dalat, Vietnam.
This place is a” must see” and a masterpiece of art, created by a famous Vietnamese architect. Unexpected, between small shop houses, close to the market centre, you find yourself suddenly in another world. The atmosphere is super relaxing and you will be busy for hours and days, to discover all the lovely details. Would you like ever been in a film location for Lord of the Rings? Go there and watch out. Hobbits and elfs are everywhere.
Favorite Dish: Fresh made Orange juice.
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V- Cafe: 5 minutes for a beer
21:55. Yes, we got a beer. And it was just served, they told us, that they are going to close in 5 minutes. The atmosphere is similar to plenty other restaurants, but V-Cafe is much more expensive.
The chocolate cafe or the 100 roofs cafe is much better.
Favorite Dish: The tooth picks.
V Cafe: Please light up
V Cafe is in a nice building. lots of little nooks & crannys, the food was OK, maybe a bit cold but they were busy the night we were there.
We did have a problem with the French couple sitting at the table opposite us. It is cold here in Dalat at night, but we had to ask the waiter to open the window, to clear their cigarette smoke. The French women could not stand the cold so asked the waiter to close the window. Lose-lose situation. Not wanting to cause a scene, we ate our meal surrounded in a swirl of smoke.
I hadn't mentioned it so far, but yes, Vietnam is a smokers paradise. They do not have laws regarding smoking indoors. If you don't like it, you have to find another restaurant. Thankfully Vietnam in general is warm enough to eat outdoors. Dalat is the exception!
Favorite Dish: Can't remember. The smoke spoiled it anyway.
Da Quy (Wild Sunflower): Could be in Paris?
A nice, small quaint little place. A bit more expensive and upmarket than average for Vietnam, but the food was good. Free samples of the local Dalat wine to try. This was recommended by the manager at our hotel.
Favorite Dish: Hotpot with seafood. Plus a nice Dalat red wine
Le Cafe de la Poste: The best restaurant in DaLat
We had breakfast here ... just cross the street and found a wonderful breakfast with everything you want.
Our last night we had dinner set here 12.50 us
The Cafe de la Poste is an informal French brasserie serving Western and Asian dishes for lunch and dinner.
Blue Water: Next to the lake
Lots of food that you couldnt decide which one you wanna order.
I got a menu and read it 5 mins ,finally we ordered "hot pot" as we were in a rain...not so bad because the atmosphere was so romantic LOL
Local Restaurants, Delightful Food
We had lunch at this restaurant on our second day in Da Lat, once again part of our private guided tour and the restaurant was a favourite of our guide. The 5 or 6 course meal was most enjoyable, far better local food than we experienced in Ho Chi Minh City during our 4 day stay.
If you really want to experience true local Vietnamese food you should dine outside your hotel and walk a few streets back from the tourist district. You will enjoy a banquet for the price you would pay for a McDonalds burger, the memory of the burger will have vanished a few hours later but the Vietnamese banquet will last for ever.
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