Dining Out - Cha Ca La Vong
Anyway, we got what we ordered. The fish is quite good here but its a pity about the service. Sorry to keep complaining about the crap service in Hanoi but it truly needs to improve.
This is one of the most popular dishes from Hanoi. It's quite an oily dish, though. The fish is already partly cooked before it arrives at the table and we only need to stir fry it again in a very hot pan and add some green onion, herbs, peanuts before eating it with fresh noodles, and smelly shrimp sauce. Yum, the sauce really makes the difference.
We finished eating and decided to go to Highland Cafe on Westlake. We walked around out and in but we couldn't stand the heat so we decided to go to the Sofitel Plaza Hotel for a drink in air conditioned surroundings. We made it but we couldn't find a seat inside! While waiting outside for a table, there was not a bit of wind. It was so hot, even though we were on the top of a 20 floor hotel which is located between two huge lakes, Truc Bach Lake and Ho Tay(Westlake).
My friends kept complaining about the heat and I had to wander around looking for a table. Finally, thank god, I found one right in front of the stage which meant we had to put up with the loud music. But we were so glad to be cool. The drinks are really good here, especially the Mai Tais and my favorite Mojito and the cold beer. We drank quite a few there before heading out home.
Anyway, been there, done that and had a good time.