Cha Ca La Vong restaurant

Restaurant Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant 14 Chả Cá, Hoan Kiem Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 03-07-2017

08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Cha Ca La Vong restaurant has been regarded as one of the oldest restaurants in Ha noi sold Cha Ca, the Ha Noi's speciality.

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Why Cha Ca La Vong restaurant is special ?

Hanoi’s iconic dish cha ca la vong tops every foodie’s must-try list when headed for the northern Viertnamese city. Cha ca simply means “grilled fish” in the local language, and this delightful dish of fish, turmeric, and dill takes it name from the restaurant that created it.

What makes cha ca la vong such a popular and famous dish? The taste, and the experience. Fillets of freshwater fish such as snakehead or catfish are first marinated for hours in a delicious blend of pepper, fish sauce, tumeric and ginger, and left to chill. When the flavours have seeped in, the generous chunks of fish are served to you, together with a heap of spring onions, ginger, dill, and fresh herbs – raw.

Part of the fun is watching the dish cook right in front of you. The server places a small stove on your table and a large pan on top. In goes the fish first, sizzling in the fragrant oil. Heaps of greens and the rest of the condiments are then stirred in. When the fish is perfectly browned, enjoy it over your own mix of pho (rice noodles), herbs, fish sauce, and shrimp paste. Garnish with peanuts extra crunch and texture!

For a taste of original cha ca la vong, head down to its creator and namesake at 14 Cha Ca Street in the Old Quarter. It’s hard to miss at meal time, with the steady crowd waiting for a table. There’s no menu at this restaurant – the only dish available is the famed cha ca la vong. Over here, charcoal burners are used for cooking at the table, which lends an intoxicatingly smoky aroma to the food.

If you’re too hungry to wait, there’s plenty of other restaurants in Hanoi that offer this celebrated dish. Most use electric stoves or induction cookers instead of charcoal burners. And don’t be surprised to see other eateries bearing the Cha Ca La Vong name. These are often set up by enterprising restauranteurs cashing in on the success of the original Cha Ca La Vong.

Selling points

  • A must go destination for all tourists in Hanoi
  • Delicious but quite expensive
  • Good food for high price!
  • Really good food to enjoy
  • Best of Hanoi


  • Main cuisine Vietnamese
  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Budget
  • Alcohol YES
  • Air condition NO
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card NO
  • Serve breakfast YES
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant 14 Chả Cá, Hoan Kiem Hanoi, Vietnam

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Tips for you

  • The portion is quite small
  • Always check double your bill after finishing the meal. It occasionally has some mistakes.
  • There are plenty of "fake" restaurants selling the same dish on this particular street, so make sure you get to the right one at No.14.


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So, you've all read about Hanoi's famous grilled fish? Me, too...and I had a lot of fun trying it. Cha Ca La Vong has been around since the nineteenth century and our guide told us that this is only one of four or five restaurants that make this dish. The place is tiny with only a few tables downstairs and there are no menus. There is only this grilled fish dish. The table is set with a small bowl for each person, fish sauce, noodles, cilantro, and peanuts. We were told to put noodles in our bowl followed by cilantro and peanuts and then fish sauce to taste. In the center of the table is a burner with a medium-sized pan for grilling the fish. A server cooks the fish quickly and then adds a savory broth and what appears to be Morning Glory (the ubiquitous hollow-stem greens that seem to be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Voila. The dish looked and smelled heavenly and we all dug in. There was enough fish for each of us to take a couple of pieces, a perfect amount for a late afternoon snack. I loved this place.

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