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14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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183 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tourist Trap at this no 14 Cha Ca La Vong restaurant!! We came here following recommendation on our hotel tourist map. The lady owner came to us with menus showing the different set meals for grilled fish. She spoke very little English and used hand signals to indicate to us that some fish dishes were pieces of fish while another... More 

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Boston
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our favorite restaurant from our recent holiday. Not only in Hanoi but in all of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Simple, cheap, and amazing flavors.

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Geneva
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there around 2.30 pm and was one of the last customers. I ordered the fish which was a bit hard and oily. Anyway I was so hungry since I had been walking all morning that I just ate it. However, it was very unpleasant to feel that my presence was not welcomed. The woman, who seemed to be... More 

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Thank CecilHorus
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We often find something new to try and this is one of the best food in Hanoi. Grilled fish is delicous. Nice to give it a try.

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Luanda, Angola
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73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went because it says grilled fish is their specialty- they will not serve you real fish only fish cakes and it's fried not grilled like BBQ. Service is bad and overpriced!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place just serves one dish, and doesn't open for long each night (a sign that they're doing something well right?) it's essential catfish cooked in a turmeric marinade and brought to your table while it's cooking. You can then add the herbs (spring onion, coriander, dill, Thai basil etc.) to your pan to soak up the juices. All served... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cheap, delicious eats in the heart of Hanoi. Don't get fooled by the fake restaurant set up opposite!

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this place/dish has become a must for me every time in HANOI, this is the only dish they serve and is freaking AMAZING! don't miss it if you are in the area, you also have BIA HOI HANOI, a couple of blocks away! 2 highlights in one cool night out!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We returned to this place after 12 years. The foods was fantastic if you enjoy authentic Vietnamese Northern dishes. The fish fillet, rice noodle and herbs were very fresh,.we cooked the marinated fish in the fry pan and mixed with the rice noodle, shrimp sauce, lime juice, chilli, roasted peanut and herbs. Heavenly!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

The only questions are "how many people?" and "what do you want to drink?" The restaurant is tucked away in the back of the Old Quarter, up a flight of stairs, communal tables. The burner is placed in front of you with oil and turmeric, chunks of boned fish added, you dump in the greens and stir. A bowl of... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Vietnamese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
Description
Visit this street after a long day of sight-seeing for a traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?