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#215 of 2,376 Restaurants in Hanoi
Travellers' Choice2023
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PRICE RANGE
C$3 - C$11
CUISINES
Vietnamese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

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1.3 km from Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

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Playing on their claim to fame, this joint displays photos of its celebrity guests and offers a Combo Obama, which includes a fried seafood roll, a bow...
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to pay homage to Bourdain and stop by this bun cha place When we got there the waitress was extremely rude to us as we ordered two sets for a group of 5 irrespective of portion ordered it was unnecessary to be rude to...us when taking our order, if they explained to us nicely we would have accommodated and adjusted accordingly Due to the unnecessary eye rolling and snatching away the wet tissues YET CHARGING US FOR THE USAGE we decided that this place is overrated and hyped for no reasonMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wife and I decided to find this restaurant before our trip to Ha Noi. It was worth every dollar! The service was incredible! The food was great! I will come here again! I had the combo Obama and my wife had vegan spring roll with...vegan soup. I am glad I was able to sit right by the table President Obama and the late Anthony Bourdain sat. Please visit this restaurant! We will definitely come back in a year or 2!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 16, 2024 via mobile

Seeing President Obama and Anthony Bourdain eat here on an episode of Parts Unknown back in 2016 changed my life. I was a 20 year old kid sitting in my dorm room at USC and was drown in inspiration at seeing Bourdain have a 1...on 1 sit down with the current President of the United States in a tiny restaurant in Vietnam, top buttons unbuttoned, sleeves rolled up, clinking a beer glass together before they took a sip. I remember Bourdain saying “I just wish more Americans had passports.” He went on to elaborate “The extent to which you can see how other people live seems useful at worst, and incredibly pleasurable and interesting at best.” Obama went on to detail how his favorite meal he has ever had was on the side of the road in Indonesia, and I don’t know. It just woke something up in me. Something clicked. I hadn’t been out of the country much, but watching this 5 minute segment made me want to go see the world. Since then, I’ve been around the world, traveling any and every chance I get. It’s a constant battle with my inner demons to not quit my job and travel until I run out of money. All this to say, coming to Bun Cha Huong Lien was a pilgrimage for me, and I’m sure for a lot of Americans just like me. We walked in and the walls are littered with pictures of Obama when he was on his visit. One is even a picture of 2 girls with a picture of Obama and Bourdain. Framed and all that. Had me cracking up. Respect. We were seated on the first floor in a blue plastic stool at a metal table, the overhead fans working overtime to beat the heat. I asked if we could sit on the 2nd floor, as I knew that’s where the enshrined table where Obama and Bourdain sat was located, but the guy just shook his head no… that one hurt lmao. They have a menu item called “Combo Obama” that is Bun Cha, Fried Seafood Roll, and a Hanoi Beer, exactly what they had. Call me corny or a tourist or whatever you want, but you know what I had to do. I was sitting there like a giddy little kid on Christmas morning the whole time. Ear to ear smile. Leg twitching up and down. I didn’t know what to do, I was just so happy to be there. It’s rare being able to trace a passion to a singular point in time, but there I was. Our grilled pork bellies, white rice noodles, fresh herbs, and seafood roll arrived shortly after. This was the best Bun Cha we had on our entire trip, as the pork was grilled to perfection, charred but not burnt. The fish sauce the pork bathes in wasn’t too sweet, which is the downfall of many other Bun Cha’s. Dipping the rice noodles into the sauce, it immediately changes texture into a more enticing noodle. Grab some pork with that bite, and it is spiritual… don’t even get me started on those fried seafood rolls… I know what you’re inevitably thinking. Would this have been my favorite meal of the trip if it wasn’t my Mecca? I can’t answer that unbiasedly, but I see your point. That’s fair. An unbiased source is definitely more reliable. After our meal, I was determined to get upstairs by any means necessary. I was ready to have my friend cause a scene so I could sneak up the stairs just to see the encased table, but when I tried plan A and asked in broken English “I see upstairs?” the guy who dunked on me early gave an enthusiastic “yes!” Easy work. Y’all weren’t ready for plan B… I began to take the stairs two steps at a time, with a big smile on my face. I hung a right when I got to the 2nd floor, and there it was. A small metal table, 2 blue plastic stools, plates and silverware, all enclosed in a glass case with a “Michelin 2023” sticker above it, and a framed picture of Obama and Bourdain above that. Pilgrimage complete. Well I had to take a picture with it, then, pilgrimage complete. I said a little thank you under my breath, and got back to big steppin in these size 12 all tan laceless merrells. Seeing how other people in the world live has been useful, incredibly pleasurable, and interesting. I can’t recommend it enough. RIP TONY THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! IG @jnov_ Tiktok @jnov_reviewsMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 14, 2024 via mobile

Have visited before and it has been ok, this time the food was average, and we were asked to pay and leave immediately upon finishing. Just a tourist spot now, plenty of excellent Bun Cha restaurant available.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 13, 2024 via mobile

Amongst many bun cha places that were recommended, we picked this one primarily due to the fame it got by the Obama visit. The food was good; the meat was grilled well and the broth had both sweet and savory flavor. The place is very...busy and they have multiple floors (3 or 4); so keep climbing till you find an open table. The setting is very basic and wish was cleaner, but I think that’s what to expect from street food places.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 4, 2024

After a lengthy journey back from Ninh Binh, I found myself near the Hanoi Opera House and decided to stop by for dinner. Upon entering, we headed upstairs to admire the display showcasing where Obama and Anthony Bourdain once dined. Their plates and silverware were...preserved in a glass case, accompanied by a picture of them above. Unfortunately, most tables were left uncleared with trash all over the tables and floor. The bun cha, while decent, seemed to have garnered undue praise due to Obama's visit. To my surprise, they charged for wet napkins at 3000VND per person. During payment downstairs, I handed the cashier 100,000VND, only to be asked for more to simplify change. As I reached for additional money from my waist bag, he swiftly grabbed the bills from my hand without me noticing. When confronted, he only acknowledged the 100,000VND. It's essential to be vigilant with your money, as they may attempt to take more than what you owe.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 25, 2024 via mobile

The restaurant was quite dirty and unpleasant to enjoy the meal. It was a bit of a turn off for us. We dined upstairs which had aircond and cooler. The food was OK, not one that I would come again.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 12, 2024 via mobile

I have watched the episode with Obama and Anthony Bourdain dining at this restaurant not realising it is 300m from our accommodation. We went there for dinner and the restaurant was packed. Luckily we got a table on the second level. We ordered the Combo...Obama as did most of the diners. It was sooo tasty and so cheap, 240K VND for two people. We will definitely go back before leaving this wonderful city.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024

Loved the Bourdain episode with President Obama so just had to go! Flavorful Bun Cha with all the toppings. Busy, noisy and fun. The Obama Combo is obviously a popular choice but you can order individually. The fried roll was a bit greasy so I...would go with just the Bun Cha which was tasty. Definitely visit the Obama shrine, upstairs! Must do experience in Hanoi.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 19, 2024

soooo tasty. i dont know what they do with the dipping sauce but it's awfully good. definitely comeback for more if I return to Hanoi

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed February 17, 2024

Well-known small restaurant with good stree food. A great experience for bun cha fans. You can put everything together as required. The broth comes separately with the meat. You can season it yourself with chili and sprouts. Would come back anytime.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

went here due to the Bourdain connection. cool to see the table hidden upstairs behind plexiglass. service was pretty poor and no ambience BUT it was typical of places like this all over the city. the Bun Cha (pork and noodle soup) was delicious! probably...the best broth I had on the whole trip.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed February 3, 2024 via mobile

We came here through recommendations from one of the shop we visited. We visited them quite early for dinner at around 6pm and it wasn't very crowded. The food wasn't superb but it's a nice staple Vietnamese food to have. It's visited by Obama before...in 2016 so their menu has a "Combo Obama" where it's the Bun Cha and a Fried Seafood Roll plus a Beer. Price is reasonable. I've tasted better Bun Cha on this trip so it's just 4-star rating from me. The staff are also not very smiley and polite, but we realised that's the general manners of most of the f&b we visited here in Hanoi.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 20, 2024

We had late lunch there. The condition was little bit crowded. Prices were reasonable and taste was quite tasty. Raw vegetables were indispensable also. Foods were served quickly. The cleanliness was on average. The wet tissues could be rejected. Enjoyable!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed January 19, 2024 via mobile

If you’ve ever been a fan of Anthony Bourdain you’ll know about this place and it’s exactly why I wanted to visit. It didn’t disappoint, the restaurant is a dactyl what you see on the series and a bit rough around the edges but they...do a couple things and they do them well. First time having bun cha and it was phenomenal. It is for obvious reasons a little touristy but had no problem getting a seat straight away it’s clear a lot of guides take Americans to this spot. Again only one veggie option of spring roles however partner did say they were the best she had had in Hanoi so far.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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There is nothing vegan available at all. They serve a single dish of pork in fish sauce with a side available of pork and crab spring rolls.
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They just have one dish and that dish is the "bun cha" which is a grilled pork dish w/ vegetables. Being in a foreign country, I would suggest you stay away from raw vegetables. If you are a vegetarian, this is not a place... More
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5