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#182 of 2,469 Restaurants in Hanoi
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1.3 km from Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

OBama and Bourdain recommended restaurant but don't be fooled, there were plenty of locals during lunch time. Food was delicious and unique to Hanoi. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made our way to the infamous bun cha in Hanoi on January 10, 2023 to tried with our group. It did not meet our expectations. I had better at home in my own kitchen. All four of us said we had better and would...not return. There are many reasons why we would not return. Flavors was not there in the grilled pork. The mince meat part was good but the grilled strip of pork was dried and not too much flavor. The meats was not hot when it came out. The fish sauce the meats came in the bowl was good. The food would have tasted better if the staff was friendly. No smiles and no greetings. The place was not busy and the staff could care less if you liked your food or not. It is too bad that a family restaurant do not care about customers opinions . I would not recommend this place to any one.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walk in and seat yourself in any available chair. Long tables are shared with strangers. Young waiter will come and ask for the order. A very lean menu is on laminated A4 papers pasted on the wall. They only serve bun cha, two kinds of...spring rolls, pork skewer (which was not available when I went). Lean menu says a lot about a restaurant. I'm sure their popularity went to the roof with Obama / Bourdain visit. I saw quite a number of tourists when I went for lunch but more than half of the customers on the first floor were locals. The grilled pork and minced pork patties that came with the bun cha tasted good but not the best I tasted in Hanoi. The soup had a good mix of saltiness and acidity. The staff were respectful and nice.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed December 14, 2022 via mobile

Popped in because Bourdain and Obama. No nonsense efficient service. Prices good. The bun cha was nice, but I wouldn’t go a lot further. Glad I went

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 3, 2022

To start our food tour of hanoi we went to this famous restaurant obama visited and the food didnt disappoint. Meat is fresh from grill and still hot. The serving of rice noodle is big too.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed November 30, 2022 via mobile

This is my first time in hanoi. Buncha was amazing food. So yummy. We tried Obama combo with springrolls and beer (local beer). The restaurant had a lot of guest. Must try buncha in hanoi!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 29, 2022 via mobile

the food is very good, the price is affordable, the service is very enthusiastic and welcoming, everything is great, will come back and recommend to friends

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 28, 2022

Okay why not an excellent rating ? Well I'm not the best person to judge how good the Bun Cha is but what I can say is not a lot of locals visit this outlet, which says a lot to me. Unfortunately the visit of...Mr Obama has changed the clientele significantly. Now the place is full of tourist having "his meal". The restaurant has enclosed in glass the crockery that he used during his visit (or so they say). Anyway might be worth a visit just to see that exhibit ! That said the meal was okay but street food I had in other places in Hanoi was a lot more flavoursome.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 13, 2022 via mobile

Such a tasty dish. We visited as we thought bourdain must know his stuff and he was right! Broth was fantastic, so flavourful, and the pork divine. Photos of bourdain and Obama everywhere in the restaurant. We wanted to see the original table (which I...believe they had put under glass) but couldn't see it. FYI you walk in and order inside and then take your receipt and pay with the cashier outside. Felt like a super authentic experience and I would happily eat their bun cha every day!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 4, 2022 via mobile

I really love bun cha in this restaurant. I love fish sauce for sure. Springrolls tasty. You should eat bun cha and spring rolls and beer Hanoi together like a combo

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed November 3, 2022 via mobile

Made a trip here after reading some reviews. Figured between the reviews and Anthony Bourdain dining here it should be pretty good. Ordered the bun cha and nem cua be. The bun cha was delicious. A decent serving of char-grilled pork in a delicious broth...served with thin noodles and greens. The crab spring roll was small, but loaded with crab and had a good flavor. It was a little greasy, but still enjoyable. Great meal, inexpensive and fast. I would happily dine here again.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 13, 2022 via mobile

Super awesome! Different. Not normally a Bun cha fan but had to give it a shot. The broth was amazing. Real tasty flavors!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022

I expected the food here to be overrated because of Obama / Anthony Bourdain, but I think it was really good! The menu is limited, but I would recommend only going there for Bun Cha anyway. We went just before closing on a weeknight and...it wasn't busy at all. All around good experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022 via mobile

It is overrated because of Obama being there to have lunch. You kind of forcing to eat what Obama ate before! Not many choices you can order even for the drinks. The Bun Cha: grilled pork, herbs with broth and fish sauces xx rather sweet...broth for me and is cold and not even hot. A no no for me as I enjoyed hot pho better! The fried crab roll is so so but the special bun Cha : combination of pork , crab and prawn that you need to dip in special fish sauce in order to taste good. You would likely sit at level 3 where there’s aircon provided and make comfortable. If you like pho style, don’t come here. Food is not bad but limited choice and just so so in my view bcos I don’t like sweet broth and lukewarm broth!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022 via mobile

The only reason this place is famous is because Obama had a meal there in 2016. And the reason he ate there is probably because the security setup is adequate (there is a spacious second floor). The food is good, but there are much better...bún chả eateries in Hanoi, and Anthony Bourdain knew that.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Response from 371MikeH371 | Reviewed this property |
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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Response from LieuN19 | Reviewed this property |
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