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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
76 Yen Phu, Tây Hồ, Hanoi
“A restaurant with a strange name in a strange place. "Tivoli Cafe" and yet there is no Italian food. Coffee, I guess? And the Hanoi Club is just odd. Is it a hotel? A country club? Social club? And yet, the food here is actually good and cheap. Seen a foreign chef milling about. Looke...”
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.
I am a local tour guide and went here with 1 American friend. Even though we had dinner before that but my friend still wanted to come here to try this "famous" dish. However, when I ordered only 01 portion for my friend, the owner literally said (in Vietnamese) he doesn't want to sell 1 portion to us and he said it with an extremely surly face. Since my friend didn't understand what was going on and he really wanted to try the dish so I had to literally beg the owner selling us 01 portion. I believe the reason the owner didn't want to sell is the restaurant was full of tourists and they want to save the seat for others. The ironic thing is right next to us, a foreigner guy was enjoying his 01 portion and I did went to this restaurant before and order only 01 portion.
Long story cut short: the owners acknowledge their "reputation for a famous dish" so they are extremely bossy and disrespectful toward customers. The reputation of the dish and this restaurant came from the history of the street and the dish. However, it is absolutely not worthy to come and try. The dish to me is ok, definitely over priced.
As a Hanoian and a local tour guide, I will never come here again or recommend to any one. This restaurant embarrass Vietnamese people like us.
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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