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Directions: On the one-way street bearing it's name heading straight toward Hoan Kiem Lake becoming Luong Van Can.Phone: +84 4 38253929
36 To Ngoc Van, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“Thank god for George’s. I recently had to buy clothes for a job interview and a wedding back at home and got everything I needed for under 2 million vnd: pants, top, dress, stockings & shoes. It's the only shop in Hanoi that sells a variety of clothing with interesting fabric designs. I love it t...”
Glad to see that I'm not the only one to be unimpressed. I've wanted to go since we arrived in Hanoi but was really dissapointed: fish was pretty tasteless, portions were tiny, price was over-the-top (although beer was cheap), it was really hot, environment retained nothing of the traditional charm I'd expected and staff were unresponsive. Plus I got off to a bad start when they splashed hot fat on my face. You can eat so well in Hanoi for a fraction of the price that I won't be going back.
Pidge's thoughts are spot on. Had dinner for 4 here last night. Staff were professional, but hardly welcoming. Small table sign makes it readily clear 'we have only one dish. 150.000 per person'. Yet, the portions brought for our party were terribly small. One of our group speaks tieng Viet, and upon pointing out the measly quantity of fish, they did eventually provide more. Beer & soda prices were normal, but no menus were ever offered. Odd that a guidebook staple has such a tougher time catering to foreigners.
Fish quality was good, soft and fresh, while the cooking broth was mildly aromatic and not too oily. But still, none of the flavors really 'sang' or stood out compared to street offerings.
Perhaps a worthwhile stop, but really nothing remarkable.
Been to CCLV every time I visited Hanoi. The dish is good every time. I always ask for the fermented fish sauce instead of the usual fish sauce they give to non-locals. The fermented fish sauce is pungent, and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Glad that I acquired a taste for it and I think that is the taste that keeps pulling me back for more! I do agree with some of the posts regarding the price and service. But some things can be forgiven as long as the food is good :)
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