Vietnamese

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Dong Que
Dong Ha, 09 Le Duan
Dong Ha
Vietnam
VN

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This was my worst meal in Vietnam. This place really showed how not to do Vietnamese food. 

 

Dong Que is located in the DMZ (the demilitarised zone, in the middle of Vietnam, a few hours away from the city Hue) in Dong Ha. We were on a tour looking around the DMZ and our tour included lunch and our tour guides dropped us here for lunch. The place did not look great, it was super hot, the air con was not working and just in general was very let down, but the thing that was interesting about this place were the maps of the Vietnam war displayed on the walls there. 

 

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1.00

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Morning Glory
106 Nguyễn Thái Học, tp
Hoi An
Vietnam
VN

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My guide book said Morning Glory was the place to go to in Hoi An and we went there for dinner and loved it so much we came back here the next day for lunch as well. The restaurant is located in the centre of Hoi An on one of the busy tourist streets in an old colonial building and is run by Ms Trinh Diem Vy who was the first in Hoi An to set up a restaurant to cater to foreigners visiting Hoi An and now owns not only Morning Glory but also Cargo and Mermaid restaurants in Hoi An. She is also the first Vietnamese chef to start a cooking class in Hoi An and the first to start an international standard bakery and patisserie, and has also published her own book “Taste Vietnam, the Morning Glory cookbook”.

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4.00

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Viet Cuisine Restaurant
004b Muong Hoa street
Sapa
Vietnam
VN

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Viet Cuisine restaurant was the least impressive place we visited in Sapa. I was craving some fresh spring rolls for lunch and we were walking past this place so we decided to go there, as they were advertising in their window that they were offering 20% discount for everything as they had just opened. Viet Cuisine Restaurant is located at the end of the touristic Cau May street and serves Vietnamese as well as European dishes. 

 

The inside of the restaurant was quite nice. There were nice tablecloths and unpractical but nice cloth napkins and bottles of wine on the tables, I guess to attract tourists and have that welcoming feel (the wine bottles got removed from our table when we sat down). 

Maija rated: 

1.00

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Viet Emotion
065 phan Dinh Phung str
Lao Cai
Vietnam
VN

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Before catching a train back to Hanoi we stopped for dinner in Lao Cai, the city that has a train station and which you use to get back to Hanoi, if you are visiting Sapa. There is not that much sightseeing or other things to do in Lao Cai, and people just pass by. We went to a restaurant Viet Emotion that our guide Pet recommended which was a short 2min walk away from the train station (you could see the train station from the restaurant). 

 

Maija rated: 

1.50

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Red Camelia
30 Cau May Street
Sapa
Vietnam
VN

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Our tour guide Pet recommended we go to Red Camilia for dinner as she said this place served nice traditional Vietnamese food (and we later found out she knew the owner who was always telling her off that not enough of her tourists/ clients go there). Red Camilia is located on the main tourist street in Sapa, the Cau May street, and from the outside looks quite nice with a Vietnamese flag hanging outside and with a yellow sign. When we came in, we were eagerly greeted and seated by the window. Also this place was somewhat busy, only 1/3 full, but that is fuller than we had seen in any other restaurant in Sapa. 

 

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Red Dao House Restaurant
04B Thac bac St, 1999
Sapa
Vietnam
VN

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My boyfriend and I were visiting Sapa, a town in the north of Vietnam, and our hotel recommended we go to Red Dao House Restaurant for lunch. Red Dao restaurant is named after the Red Dao ethnic minority tribe that lives around Sapa, and they are distinguished by the red headscarves that the women wear. The waitresses in the Red Dao House restaurant were dressed in this traditional attire with the red headscarves. Sapa was generally quite empty when we came, with not many tourists around, and so it is not surprising that we were the only people in the restaurant when we came there for lunch at around 1pm. The inside of the restaurant is very pleasant with white tablecloths and sort of an upscale traditional feel. 

 

Maija rated: 

2.00

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Bun Bo Nam Bo
67 Hang Dieu
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN

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Bun Bo Nam Bo is another “restaurant” that my guidebook recommended and it said that Bun Bo (rice vermicelli with beef) was a great thing to try in Hanoi, one of the local “fares” and it recommended Bun Bo Nam Bo for an amazing rice vermicelli and beef dish. As we were walking through Hanoi sightseeing, we decided to stop here for lunch as this place was on the way.

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3.50

Location: 

Cha Ca La Vong
14 Chả Cá, Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN

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I had read in my Frommers guide book that different cities and areas of Vietnam have slightly different traditional food and in Hanoi the Cha Ca is the thing to try, which is whitefish fried at high heat in peanut oil with dill, turmeric, lemon shrimp paste and a dash of rice whisky and my guide recommended that the best place to try this dish is Cha Ca La Vong, that only serves one dish, this Cha Ca (which means grilled fish in local language), and is located on the Cha Ca street.

Maija rated: 

3.00

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Gia Truyen Pho
49 Bat Dan, Old Quarter
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN

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I was on a mission to find the perfect pho soup. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that has rice noodles, broth and chicken or beef, depending on your preference, and Pho is one of the most traditional things you can have in Vietnam and you will see small eateries advertising they have Pho everywhere in Vietnam from north to south. I had seen little pho places around Hanoi, where locals would be cramped on small chairs, eating the pho, and I wanted to go eat such a pho. My Frommers travel guide recommended Gia Yruyen Pho, in the old quarter of Hanoi, on the west side of the Old Quarter near the old citadel wall.

Maija rated: 

2.50

Location: 

Quan An Ngon
18 Phan Boi Chau Street
Hanoi
Vietnam
VN

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When we arrived in Hanoi and asked people where we can get some Vietnamese food in a casual place, everyone from the concierge to the doorman to our tour guide recommended this place – Quan an Ngon. Ngon means “delicious” in Vietnamese and this place was great! It was actually so good, we came back here on our last evening in Hanoi for another meal. I never come back to restaurants, especially when I am traveling as I want to try as many places as I can, but the food here was so unpretentious, good and cheap, my boyfriend dragged me back here and I don’t regret it at all.

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