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A soothing calm washes over you on entering the stone garden of this storied bastion of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Bathed in warm light, the Nguyen dynasty-style house boasts a beautiful reception area, exposed brick walls, antique knick-knacks and quirky toilets that will have the whole table sniggering. Service is unrefined but friendly.
Rating : 18/20
The picture-led menu is a greatest hits of classic dishes with bold, zesty flavours but little wow factor, including mini-bites such as banh khot (rice pancakes) and chao tom (ground shrimp on sugarcane sticks). A good starting point, especially for hungry couples or groups, is the combo platter of fresh and fried spring rolls, skewered meats and moo yor sausage served with pickled vegetables and dips. Here, Le Dalat’s forte—blends of piquant flavours, contrasting textures and fresh herbs and veg—is in full effect. Ditto cha ca, fried river fish on a bed of dill. Served on a hot plate, the waiter demonstrates how to prepare and season the fish with lettuce, rice noodles and tamarind dip—and the resulting mouth bomb doesn’t disappoint. Other than deep-fried banana dusted with icing sugar, dessert options are scant.
Rating : 28/40
Choose from cocktails, soft drinks and a predominantly New World wine list.
Rating : 15/20
Rating : 16/20