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“Shrimp cakes”
Review of Banh tom Ho Tay

Banh tom Ho Tay
Ranked #1,816 of 3,068 Restaurants in Hanoi
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Description: It's a very large restaurant with indoor and outdoor tables on terrace at the West Lake. Some English speaking staff. Inexpensive, Menu in English with photo's.
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Description: It's a very large restaurant with indoor and outdoor tables on terrace at the West Lake. Some English speaking staff. Inexpensive, Menu in English with photo's.
Reviewed October 11, 2012

If you want to try a local atmosphere you could come here to enjoy the food. It’s one of Hanoi specialties food. It’s very busy at the weekend as many Vietnamese people come there with their family and children.

Date of visit: March 2012
Thank phuonglam
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We spent the with veterans of the Vietnam Army and were taken to the downed B52 site and here to the lake to the John McCain crash location. This site was interesting, but not moving as was the B52 wreckage in the middle of town.

We ate what was a fried pancake with the local lake shrimp, salad, spring rolls, beer, beer, beer and soup.

It was good, no better.

Go to the Tran Quoc Pagoda across the road. It's the best I've seen

Date of visit: September 2012
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Thank O8923PUwilliame
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We love "Banh Tom Tay Ho" in California and now we had a chance to have it at its authentic and true location: Tay Ho, Ha-Noi! What's a disappointment! The shrimp is puny; its name should be change to "Banh Tep Tay Ho" (baby shrimp fritter!) Just one look at the shrimp fritter, my grandkids voted for pizza! The restaurant made a good pizza! However, we adults enjoyed the meal;at least we now know the taste of the REAL shrimp fritter dish at Tay Ho (West Lake) of Ha-Noi. Don't expect a four star restaurant. The eatery is an outdoor parlour with the tap covered tables and plastic chairs. It deserves a 2-star eatery!
A note of caution. We lived in the old town section (north of Ha-Noi) about 2 miles from the Ho Tay and the hotel staff told us it would cost around 50-60 thousands for taxi. On the way to Ho Tay, the taxi driver (Cong Doan Taxi) took us to South to the Returned Sword Lake before heading up north after we complained at the wrong lake! We speak Vietnamese too! It cost us 90 thousand dong! On the way back to the hotel, we showed the driver the map to our hotel. He still took us for a ride down south before heading back to our hotel after we voiced our disappointment of the trip south! It cost us another 90 thousand dong! His taxi is belong to the same company Cong Doan Taxi. The hotel staff asked us for the name of the driver and the taxi number so they can file a complain. Unfortunately, we did not have either.

Date of visit: August 2012
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1  Thank Thay-Gia
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

We chanced upon this great eatery recommended by our hotel bellhop at the Hanoi Club. Easily spotted as the entrance to this joint is brightly lit and there is an adjoining famous ice cream-dessert parlour (Kem Ho Tay) selling coconut based ice cream. There is an endless stream of Hanoians popping by to buy the ice cream from the kiosk facing the main road (Thanh Nien).

The menu is extensive and has English description. However, the staff proficiency in English may be sketchy at best. But it should not be a problem..just point to the item no. In particular, I recommend the Deep fried Chicken with garlic & salt and the famous Hanoi Shrimp Cake. The snail we ordered were somewhat tough and not expect the French version of Escargots...while the pigeon was skinny and not really good. But do have an adventure at the food, try it and be smarter for the experience... you will enjoy the ambience by the lake.

No tipping is expected and on both occasion, we were not given a receipt for our meal. After the meal, chill out with the town famous coconut ice-cream.

Have a great meal , Bon appetit :-)

Date of visit: June 2012
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3  Thank jensen_chua
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

We ate at Banh tom Ho Tay restauarnt twice in April 2012, stopping for a few drinks and a light bite to eat. The restaurant is on the waters edge of the lake, halfway along the causeway. Comfortable plastic chairs and white tablecloths on the tables. A broad menu with a lots of seafood. Beer was cold, spring rolls and everything we had to eat was very tasty. Healthy mix of tourists and local customers makes this a great place to escape the traffic and enjoy a quiet spot for an hour or two.

Date of visit: April 2012
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1  Thank J_in_Sydney
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