Centrally-located, bright, cheery – Quan Do, that informal Vietnamese eatery was the perfect spot for me last weekend when I was looking for a casual spot to grab a quick bite, but *not* the stand-in-front-of-a-currywurst –stall kind of place.
The owners were impossibly friendly, customers come in and out with smiles on their faces. They must be doing something right.
What we had:
- Cha Ca La Vong – that famous dish from Hanoi which consisted of fried turmeric-scented fish fillets, served on moist “bun” rice noodles, topped with copious amounts of fresh herbs & vegetables (dill being chief among them) and dressed with a sweet, vinegarish dressing that hid a rather unexpected taste-blast from nước mắm fish sauce. The fish was impossibly fresh and light. Loved this.
- Vietnamese chicken curry, studded with bamboo shoots, gourd, babycorn & carrots, served with steamed white rice topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Confession: I never really liked Vietnamese curry, having grown up with the much tastier, more assertive Nyonya curries of Singapore. Thai curries, South Indian curries & Malay/Indonesian curries were distant runners-up in the curry-culinary stakes where I’m concerned. The version I tried at Quan Dong did nothing to change my opinion of Vietnamese curries (the best of which I’d tasted in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon anyway).
One can't miss Quan Do, located in a striking red-white building, decorated with colorful lanterns from Hue. Tables perpetually crowded with Vietnamese patrons, mainly young students. This place is a keeper.
20099 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49 40 3290-1737