Hoa Sen - Nha Hang Chay

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62 Phan Dinh Phung, Da Lat, Vietnam

An extensive menu that includes traditional Vietnamese breakfast soups, hot pots, stir frys, clay pots, baked tofu dishes, salads, and sandwiches. The majority of the dishes contain soy or wheat-based mock-meats. Nice atmosphere with high ceilings, linen table clothes, lots of plants. Try the lemongrass tofu and the pho bo/ga, and bun rieu (vermicelli crab with a tomato base soup). Meals are served with hot tea. The menu is translated into English but very limited spoken English. The prices range between 15,000-40,000 dong.

Categories: Vegan, Juice bar, Take-out, Vietnamese

31 Reviews

First Review by fire horse

good selection, pretty yummy stuff - Edit

So, I got a pho and the dumpling, which was a bun filled with mushroom. I think the pho may have had egg in it? I'm not sure what the little egg looking pieces were, so I kind of picked them out and ate around them. The menu is HUGE, so I bet there were some better options than what I chose. Staff was very nice!

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lots of choice - Edit

The menu is huge and we tried lots of different things. My favourite was the okra. Food was good but not brilliant. Definitely worth a visit. Owner's little boy was playing with his toy cars at our table, very cute.

Pros: variety

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Great mock meat - Edit

The restaurant is quite large and seems to get a fair bit of costumers.

We saw lots having hot pot - seems like a thing.

The service was fast and the staff spoke English.

Do try the fried tofu (in the style of chicken wings) with dumplings. Simply amazing. I had no idea tofu could be used in such a way. Flavor and texture unlike anything I've had on a mock meat dish.

Four dishes and one drink was about 170k. Easily filled both of us.

Complimentary Vietnamese Lotus tea served at the beginning of our meal was a nice touch.

They had vegan Bahn mi - might have been mock meat but we didn't try.

Pros: Great service.

Cons: There were some strange smells in the restaurant a

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just ok - Edit

the waitstaff is really bad there...
we wait 15minutes for attention... the waitress finally came and didnt speak english... we tried to show her what we wanted on the menu and without saying anything she LEFT.
Half a hour after, we asked where was our order and the other waiter said to us : "you didnt order yet"
we made another order with him.. the food came after a while and everything was cold..


never going again !!

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Great food and excellent Banh Mi - Edit

Besides very tasty food from huge menu they have absolutely best veggie Banh Mi in town!

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Delish - Edit

A great place with a huge menu and the things we had from it were yummy! Staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was fresh and tasty. Yes the fresh spring rolls are made already, but probably only that morning; we were happy to get them so swiftly and had no complaints whatsoever about the taste! Would definitely come back. The ice tea is delicious here, too.

Pros: Extensive menu, Tasty food , Helpful staff

Cons: serves egg

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Good option, bad service - Edit

The food is pretty good. Lots of options. Little expensive but not bad. It is super busy and seems understaffed. It can be quite dirty, with dishes everywhere. The service is really bad. I'm sure some servers are doing their best. But the girl we had was terrible. We didn't get half the food we asked for. And she just generally walked around aimlessly while we didn't get the food we ordered for a long time. Even the spring rolls that are ready made and we could have walked over ourselves to grab. I'd go here again. But don't expect world class service.

Pros: Central , Good food , Good portions

Cons: Dirty, Bad service

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sydneyhumble 20 Feb 2017 - Been back a few times now, and we are pretty convinced that there are a few staff that don't like westerners in there. We have gotten cold shoulders, bad service, and funny looks.  


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Do not go there! - Edit

In Asia we use to eat outside in strange looking places but this was esspecially disgusting and extremelly dirty. However the place have some good reviews so we give it a chance. What a mistake. I had tofu with mashrooms in some kind of strange sauce (should be pepper sauce) the only taste it had was the taste of burned garlic. I ordered rice as side dish. they have brought large bowl (I ate barely half of it) and it costed 30 000. I also had rice dumpling which was disgusting and contained extra hair. only eatable thing was filling which also tasted a bit funny.

This restaurant made me write my first really bad review ever and go thru registration process at happy cow and that us the only remarkable thing to say about it.

Cons: not cheap

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Good Reliable Option - Edit

At the 'pricier' end of the spectrum (except when being ripped off blind by shabby hole-in-the-wall 'com chay', which always costs more), the soups and salads we tried here were always top notch. Green papaya salad is not to be missed!!



Updated from previous review on 2016-12-21

Pros: good quality a la carte meals, wifi available, clean facilities, central location, *set prices*

Cons: patchy service, 'banh mi' quality a bit hit-and-miss

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Worth a try! - Edit

Great restaurant with extensive options. Breakfast options such as soups available also.

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Great restaurant - Edit

Super busy restaurant with big menu (English translation). Tried various dishes and all were great.

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worth going there - Edit

We enjoyed this place. The food is really good and we went there couple of times.
The service quality is a bit like gambling. some waiters are really nice while others not at all. the place it self doesnt look that nice but its not expensive for a restaurant.

Pros: close to the center

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very good - Edit

Really good phó ( we had the mushroom phó) with bành bao, which was also very good and tasty.. You get lots of greens and sprouts with your meal. Prices are a bit in the higher end ( for a backpacker) but well worth the money :)

Pros: lots of greens with meal , very tasty

Cons: a bit more pricy

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Hot diggity, this is the stuff. - Edit

We came here for a late lunch, and we were well fed! we ordered a combination hot pot, two spring rolls, fried eggplants and some weird tofu fried thing.
All were amazing.
Would strongly recommend the fried Eggplant appetizer.

Pros: Heaps of options. Not super cheap for Vietnam, bu

Cons: Feels like a food court. But who cares, food is gr

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Best veggie food in Dalat! - Edit

Came here on recommendation from Happy Cow and was not disappointed. Great food, VERY CHEAP, and the staff is super friendly. I enjoyed it so much I came back three times in two days!

Pros: cheap food, friendly staff, menu in English

Cons: none

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Best vegan food in Da Lat - Edit

Huge menu with lots of interesting mock meat options as well as really good veg dishes. The 'chicken' and the braised tofu are amazing.

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liked it a lot! - Edit

Went there twice as we really liked it, prices are more than reasonable for the food you get. But: they have a really extended menu when there aren't so many people in the restaurant, which was the case during our first visit (8:15pm). We even had two dishes we never had before, during our five vegetarian weeks in Vietnam! Unfortunately they don't serve a lot of the "special" foods if there are a lot of customers... Food was still good:)

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very good - Edit

We had 2 dishes, the "like beef" which was in a clay pot and made of Gluten, and the "like pork" made of Tofu. Especially the first delicious! Very well seasoned.
I agree the plates were more expensive. Both 50.000 dong, but big and we thought the beef was the best dish so far in 4 veggie restaurants in Vietnam.

Pros: You sit nicer though than on the street., Hot tea free of charge

Cons: Slightly higher price. The waiters didn't speak an

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Convenient - Edit

Big place and good location for tourists. A bit more familiar feeling than the ubiquitous tiny local veggie places scattered around the city (and not on Happy Cow). Okay food and great bahn mis.

Pros: English menu

Cons: A lot of tofu, No alcohol

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make a b-line - Edit

We just ate dinner here on our last evening in Da Lat and are feeling regretful about all the delicious meals we could've eaten if only we'd gotten ourselves to Hoa Sen sooner.

The restaurant was pumping early on a Saturday evening. Other reviewers have mentioned that no English is spoken here but the waitress who took out order spoke English well. Having read about the fresh spring rolls so was keen to try those but they were out so they recommended the glutenous rice flour dumpling. Wrapped in pandan leaves, it's translated on the menu as "pyramidal" dumpling. The dumpling itself is not as rubbery as it looks, it's actually quite tender and has a slightly salty flavour of its own, although the filling of mushrooms, root veggies, and tofu julienned is the star here. We also shared one of the bao to start which had a similar filling to the dumpling but with a peppery seasoning. The bun was fluffy, slightly sweet and tasted a bit coconutty to me as well.

We ordered two main dishes which, while small, were plenty for the two of us with steamed rice. The chilli tofu was three big chunks of perfectly puffy fried tofu with a chilli and lemongrass seasoning. We also ordered "spicy vegetables" or something like that, thinking some greens would be a good balance to the tofu. The dish that arrived was very thinly sliced onions, quickly stir fried with a fake chicken type protein with similar seasoning to the tofu. Not what we expected but still delicious...just made for a pretty unbalanced meal in the end. When ordering vegetable dishes, I recommend choosing those where the actual name of the vegetable is translated if you want a better idea of what you're getting!

Unlike other reviewers, we found the service efficient and not unfriendly. What more can you expect? It's not fine dining. Ditto to the decor. The lighting is fluorescent, the floor is tiled but there are some nice touches like small indoor water features with steam and coloured lights. I think there's another seating area upstairs where it looked like the lighting might have been warmer and lower. Still, it's not the place to linger over dinner. Just enjoy your meal and get on with your life!

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Real Vietnamese - Edit

This is a traditional, large Vietnamese Buddhist restaurant. You will see people inviting the monks etc there. As such, it is a good Vietnamese experience, but not the small "Quan" for everyday.

The food is good, but typical also. This means a wide range. My VN friend liked the food and she is very choosy, so it gets an authentic tick. It does stand up well to other places. The prices are standard.

We had a hotpot (Lau) one time, and rice another time.

For some reviewers complaining about the lack of flavour, the problem is a lot of VN vego dishes are not strong. But something braised with pepper (kho tieu) or Tofu with lemongrass and chili (Dau hu xa ot) are stronger, and it is traditional to add chili or sauce at the table.

Lastly, comments about free tea made us laugh - that is standard for the vast majority of local restaurants and cafes in Vietnam.

It is 4.5/5 as a real VN place that I enjoyed. Have to round it up to 5 for HC!

Pros: Good food, Authentic, Pleasant

Cons: Not much

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Expensive for what it is - Edit

Prices were quite expensive for Vietnam - cheapest at 35000 VND for a plate of veg, and then progressively higher for rice and noodles. You can't really order a main dish, so for 2 people it would work out quite expensive to get 4 things for a whole meal. In a lot of Veg restaurants in Vietnam you can get a simple main of white rice + veg, or pho for around 15000 VND.

Ordered bok choy and mushrooms (good) and water spinach with ginger (turned out to also be boy choy and without much ginger). We ate a glutionous rice dumpling wrapped in a banana leaf from the take-away stand out the front too (8000 VND each) as this was much better value!

Pros: Free green tea, Glutinous rice dumplings to take-away

Cons: Expensive for what it is

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Amazing! - Edit

One of our favorites in Vietnam. Ate here 3 times in 2 days, including sandwiches from their lunch cart out in front of the sit down restaurant. Large menu, seems to be all vegan. Packaged cookies for sale were delicious and one of the few places we found baked goods in the whole country. The sandwiches were the best deal, $.75 each for take-away, but the rest of the menu was relatively inexpensive as well. Great location (just 2 blocks from the Dreams hotel with it's own amazing breakfast buffet).

Pros: delicious food, vegan cookies!, location

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tasty food - Edit

Menu had English translation, lots of variety, tasty food

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Outstanding! - Edit

The food was great. Large menu. Super fresh. Good service. Delicious shakes. Great value. (Each entree is about $2). Five entrees, 3 shakes and tea for 3 ppl was $12 total.
Updated from previous review on Monday February 25, 2013

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Clean place with an extensive menu - Edit

This place was one of the most cleanest restaurants we've been in almost three weeks in Vietnam. They offer a wide range of meals. The fresh spring rolls are delicous, and so is the Hot Pot.
Almost no english is spoken here, and they only offer alcohol-free beer, but the tea and as well as the juices are very good!
We've been to this place twice and would love to have one restaurant of this kind nearby in Germany :-)

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thumbs up for the fresh spring rolls & sandwiches - Edit

We ate there twice but didn't like the cooked food too much (we had the mushroom hotpot, fried tofu malaysian style, sauteed vegetables) as it was boring and with hardly any taste.

However, the fresh spring rolls (7000 dong per piece) are served with a delicious peanut sauce and are the best we had so far - and we tried many! Also, the take-out sandwiches are very good and great value.

Pros: free tea, great sandwiches, best spring rolls

Cons: cooked food tasteless & boring

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