• Cari Truong

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Cozy small place a few meters away from the backpacker crowd. Has some veggie food. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

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11 Reviews

First Review by zungi


Points +80

19 Feb 2019

Worst food I’ve had in Vietnam

I ordered the vegan curry and it was the worst dish I’ve had while traveling Vietnam. The rice was dry and hardened and then there was just thick brown sauce with pieces of boiled potatoes and carrots in it. Didn’t taste like a proper curry and was pretty tasteless and dull anyway. The whole dish looked like something you get in a hospital or school canteen. My dish also had a piece of something hard in it, which looked like a small rock or plastic, I have no idea. Had to leave the place and go eat to another restaurant.

Cons: Definitely not worth the money



Points +84

16 Aug 2018


Middle of party zone, loud louder music was played, pho was greasy and fresh spring rolls looked disgusting wobbely, couldn’t even eat them. They changed prices, not cheap at all.


Points +141

16 Feb 2018


In the beer corner area .a few veggie options .had curry which was a tastey sauce but not many veg .and some crispy potato waffle things which were lovely. .very cheap.

Pros: Cheap, Lively street area

Cons: Limited choice


Points +152

02 Oct 2016

Beuuurrrrrppppp :(

1 star cause I can't put none!
We ordered fresh juices : carrot and guava .
The guys didn't wash their dirty hands prior to cutting and grinding the fruits.
And then went to get some ice cubes from a cooler that was outside the restaurant next door WITH HIS BARE HANDS!
We said "no thanks for the ice cubes", but drank the juice anyway.
Then we ordered some fried spring rolls, and a rice cake.
The latter was tasteless, but ok.
The fried spring rolls, were...disgusting! When you bite in one oily grease dripping, you can't stop but imagining what could be inside, and let me tell you the first thing you think about is not healthy organic food product! It's more like old rotten dog or at best an old piece of pork that was left behind from the last Christmas Eve or something!!?
At least we didn't get sick afterwards.
Don't go there.


Points +126

04 Feb 2016

Simple, cheap, nice food

Had a couple of pages of veggie food. The veg curry was nice but not amazing. very good for a cheap meal though (35k).

Pros: cheap , food nice


Points +56

21 Sep 2015

OK. Not especially good for vegetarians

We ate here by chance and had some oily veggie spring rolls and plain fried tofu. But the menu is not particularly extensive for vegetarians. it's a pretty stock standard menu for restaurants in the area. I'm not sure this place deserves a mention on the Happy Cow site.


Points +41

07 Aug 2015

Small and cute, local feel

Good food. The veg curry was excellent. Noodle soup good too. Very friendly waiter. The food arrives irregularly but didn't mind too much. Enjoyed.


Points +100

16 Mar 2015

cheap, very basic veggie foods

The place itself has got a lovely feel, set aside on one of the small alleyways in city centre! Seating is looking out onto the hussle and bussle of hanoi.... Quite real axing.
I ordered the veggie curry... Portion size was quite small and staff struggle to understand any other vegan requests. But for the price... Id probably eat here again :)


Points +1423

20 Feb 2015

quick, cheap, and cheerful

We popped in to Cari Troung late in the evening - by Hanoi standards, when most restaurants seem to close at 8pm! It was very close to the Tet holiday so they were out of a few things on the already limited menu. The pho chay looked delicious but I was feeling a bit adventurous so I picked something that was translated as "rice pudding" on the menu but looked savoury and crispy in the photo. It turned out to be crispy fried rice cakes, deliciously seasoned and scattered with fresh green onions and fried shallots. It would be the perfect salty snack with beer but it also went down a treat with their delicious fried tofu in tomato sauce - a Vietnamese vegetarian classic.

In the old quarter, where there are few vegetarian restaurants, Cari Truong is a solid option. Sit on the bench seats on the balcony and look down on the action on the street below. Just watch your head on the stairs on the way up!


Points +108

05 Feb 2015

Cheap and delicious soup and tofu !

I've been eating in this place around 10 times. The food and the prices was very good.
The place itself was very simple. They have nice balcony upstairs where you can see the street while eating.
The menu was small but the food was nice. Soup was very good and filling. I didn't manage to finish it.
My favourite was fried rice with veggies and tofu in tomato sauce (very good). Me and my boyfriend used to order it and share it. It was enough because the portion of rice was huge. It wasn't easy to ask for extra bowls so we can share the food but they understood after I've tried to show them what I was asking for. Even though they don't speak good English they try very hard to understand you.
They sell fresh fruit juices. I was asking them not to put any sugar and they understood it. Just have to be very clear saying 'NO SUGAR' ;))
I like this place. Especially when it is not so many cheap good vegetarian food options around.
I will add the picture of the menu so you can see it yourself.
P.S. The only thing that disappointed me a lot was curry. Wouldn't suggest that ;)


Points +268

15 Nov 2014

Vegetarian Soup at Central Location

Limited selection of dishes, exactly a third being vegetarian. I went there on three occasions and tried the two soups and the "Sauted Vegetables". The two soups were freshly prepared and pleasant. The vegetable dish was small and bland and required an additional portion of rice. An order of "Noodle rolled no meat" as a starter (also from the veggie section) was accompanied with fish sauce. Make sure to insist on a "chay" (Vietnamese word for "vegetarian") sauce from the very start.

There's Wi-Fi. Staff don't speak English, but have an English menu with photos. The service is sloppy (e.g. brings the wrong dish - and returns it to the kitchen, after it has been eaten from; or leaves in order to buy supplies after noticing they don't stock enough tofu to process your order).

Expect to sit with locals that eat smelling meat dishes.

Pros: very central, affordable, good to mingle with the crowd

Cons: not for very pedantic vegetarians, sloppy

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