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la place: what quickly became our favorite restaurant in hanoi

In places on April 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

we first decided to try this restaurant because the owner is a son of a family friend. my brother jop knew exactly how to find it – it’s actually easy, la place is pretty much right beside the famous st. joseph’s cathedral. if you’re facing the cathedral, look to your right and the restaurant is right there.

the menu is a good mix of traditional vietamese dishes, other dishes from around southeast asia and some western ones. because we read that one must have bun cha for lunch in hanoi, that’s one thing we ordered

dee-licious! grilled pork patties, vermicelli noodles, dill, mint, coriander, basil (i may have missed an herb there), and nuoc cham. this one is a cool dish – perhaps to battle the noon heat. this cost 69,000 dong (P175). i don’t know how much it is on the street, but given the general comfort of eating in a restaurant, this was well worth it. and did i mention it was delicious?

the other dish we had that lunch was fried spring rolls

these may have been my favorite spring rolls of the trip (and favorite ever!) followed closely behind by their own fresh spring rolls. i can’t remember the price exactly, but i think it was around 75,000 dong (P190). the wrapper wasn’t too thick – it was nice and crunchy and served mainly as an encasement without getting in the way. the filling was very very tasty. i would have suspected MSG but their menu specifically says they stay away from that. i’m willing to believe that the freshness and depth of flavor was achieved by good old great cooking – a must try.

so we did really enjoy the food here, but one other reason this became a favorite was its very charming ambience. it’s a small restaurant, pleasantly laid out, with a great view of the cathedral

we highly recommend this place when you go to hanoi. oh, and they also seem to be known for their pastries so that should be worth a try. and for us, a good excuse to eat there again one day.

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  1. These people have stolen and used your bun cha photo on their commercial site. You may want to invoice them. http://travelanthropist.com/2013/01/best-street-food-in-hanoi.html

    • oh my! you’re right! dang! sent them an email. thank you so much for the heads up!

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  3. […] Bun cha, more soup but different This dish takes us to Hanoi and consists of a fresh bun, rice noodles and charcoal grilled pork sliders served with a sour soup and of course, a plate of herbs and veggies. courtesy of dishesandplaces […]

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