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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
60 To Ngoc Van, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“Great place! At first, we thought for the price, the portion must be small, we were wrong! All our food came in a short while, big portion, and very tasty. Nice and decent restaurant with friendly staff. Definitely going back.”
Please stay away from this place.
I cant believe this is the restaurant that I have heard so much about, seen on TV and I believe its even recommended in guide books, in fact it is likely due to this media attention driving customers through their doors day in day out that has led to the staff having a clear an unreserved contempt for their customers.
Non existent welcome, they tried to demand that my wife and I sit at an intimate table for 6 with 2 other couples who were already eating, even though every other table in the place was empty.
Very small portion, not even enough fish for one person in my opinion, and that was to be shared by the two of us at 170k per person!
The dish was not great, lacked flavour, easily the worst Fish I have had, and totally swimming in oil. There is better Cha Ca in Hanoi, no need to go here.
Half way through the meal I had to pull out a thick black hair as long as my arm from the cooking fish....the waiter thought it was funny and proceed to take it off my hands with a big smile, and gestured invitingly for my wife and I to continue eating.
I did pay half the bill as we had eaten half the food, but really I regret paying anything.
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.
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