Cha Ca Thang Long
Cha ca is a favorite Vietnamese dish (another Hanoi specialty) that is essentially fish fried with turmeric and dill on a pan. While many restaurants serve this juicy bowl of heaven, no bowl can ever catch up to the perfection that is served at Cha Ca Thang Long.
This simple restaurant has a simple menu, and just cha ca. Much like a Korean grill, the food will be cooked on the table. Don’t worry if you have never had this kind of experience before, as the lovely English-speaking staff will show you exactly how this dish should be eaten. The restaurant has garnered a loyal following thanks to its fresh ingredients and delicious sauces, that the moment you finish dining and leave, someone else will take your seat. Certainly a wonderful experience, and much better than heading over to your typical tourist haunt.
Address: 19-21-31 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Hours: 9 am – 10:30 pm
Phone: +84 438 245 115 | +84 438 286 007
Price range: 120,000 VND ($5.22) / portion
Vibe: Casual, family-friendly dining
With these five restaurants, you really can not go wrong. They will give you the perfect introduction to Hanoi and Vietnam. Remember to slurp on your noodle soups as loud as you can to show your appreciation for the deliciousness of it all. Happy eating.