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#193 of 2,334 Restaurants in Hanoi
Travellers' Choice2023
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PRICE RANGE
AU$3 - AU$12
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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 10 January 2024

Our visit was a mixed bag. Pros - cheap, tasty food (the parts we felt were safe to eat). Cons - we wanted to sit outside but staff insisted we go upstairs to eat. Upstairs was crowded, dirty and generally unpleasant. The staff were pushy,...impatient and abrupt - as a customer you felt you were a nuisance just being there. They wanted us to order, eat and get out as quickly as possible and had no tolerance for questions or indecision. We felt nervous about the hygiene; we observed that cut limes and salad were being pushed from table to table I.e. anything not eaten was combined and placed on the next customer’s table. We only ate the parts of the meal that were hot to avoid risk of illness. Would not return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

We got there just after 17:30, there was no queue, only messy tables and floor. Food was served very quickly but the soup was not hot. Roasted beef was tasty and fresh salad was fresh. The staff here were the most unfriendly people we have...come across in Vietnam. I bet Obama didn’t go back and neither will we.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

Bún chả - one of the first reasons we chose Hanoi as our next destination. While Anthony Bourdain and Obama ultimately brought us to this location, the food and friendly staff are another factor to visit. The multi-storied location makes you feel immersed in authentic...Vietnamese culture. The ingredients blend so well together despite being so simple. Broth, rice noodles, meat, garlic, and chilis - the perfect meal, at such a cheap price.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

Bun cha Huong Lien remains reasonably priced, Agennerours portion of Bun cha cost around 70,000d , making exellend value for the quality of food and experience

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023 via mobile

If you are looking for a place to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, you may want to check out Bún chả Hương Liên, a modest eatery in Hanoi that serves one of the country's most known dishes: bún chả. This is a mouthwatering combination of...grilled pork and rice noodles, dipped in a tangy sauce and garnished with fresh herbs and vegetables. The portions are generous, the prices are reasonable, and the flavors are unforgettable. But don't take my word for it. Just ask former President Barack Obama, who dined here with the late Anthony Bourdain in 2016. The two men shared a meal of bún chả, spring rolls, and cold Hanoi beer while chatting like old friends. The restaurant now even offers a "Combo Obama" for those who want to follow their footsteps. Of course, not everyone is a fan of this place, especially the staff, who seem to have lost all interest in their jobs. They greet you with a bored look, take your order with a sigh, and bring your food with a shrug. They rarely smile, make eye contact, or say thank you. They act as if they are doing you a favor by serving you and not the other way around. Maybe they are tired of the fame, or maybe they just don't care. Either way, don't expect any hospitality from them. But hey, who needs friendly service when you have such delicious food, right? After all, you're not here to make friends, you're here to eat. And eat you will, because the barbecued pork is so good, you'll want to lick your plate clean. It's tender, juicy and smoky with a spicy glaze that pairs perfectly with the noodles and the sauce. It's the kind of dish that makes you forget about everything else, even the disinterested staff. So, if you're looking for a place to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and maybe a slice of history, this is a must visit spot in Hanoi. Just don't forget to bring your appetite and your sense of humor. And maybe a tip for the staff, because they sure look like they need it.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023

Fun place to visit as it's notoriously known for Obama and Bourdain's visit. This could be a good spot to show off on social media and to also enjoy a nice lunch/dinner. It's overrated as I was expecting better food quality following the hype of...Obama-Bourdain's visit, but their bun cha is just average compared to other bun cha places in Hanoi. Hygiene/cleanliness is average. Otherwise, the staff is very nice.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

The grilled pork at Bun Cha Lien Huong is nothing short of perfection – juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor. The smoky aroma from the grill wafts through the air, setting the stage for a mouthwatering meal. The rice vermicelli is cooked to perfection, providing...the ideal base for the succulent pork. The accompanying herbs and dipping sauce add a refreshing and zesty kick, enhancing the overall dining experience.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

The grilled pork was succulent and well-seasoned, providing a satisfying contrast to the light and tender rice vermicelli. The freshness of the accompanying herbs and the tangy dipping sauce elevated the dish, creating a well-balanced and enjoyable meal. While the flavors were commendable, the portion...size was a bit smaller than expected, leaving me wanting more.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Bun cha is a typical Hanoi delicacy, and I had the opportunity to try at Bun Cha Huong Lien restaurant. Soft and smooth vermicelli noodles, delicious grilled meat and deliciously mixed fish sauce create a wonderful flavor. Raw vegetables and vermicelli create the perfect balance...for the dish. This is a simple dish but extremely delicious.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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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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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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Bun Cha Huong Lien is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5