Having only one day, we ate at Com Ba Chu and at the Huong Giang Hotel rest. The former reminds me of rests. in Greece 40 years ago. On a street corner, the display case shows what you can have, so one can just point. The two of us had three plates; omlet, stuffed squid plus two veg., and fried slice of fish plus bok choy, all three over heaps of rice. Everything was good, but not great. This is a place for locals and was nearly filled at lunch. The food plus two sodas and a bottle of Huda beer (Hue's best) totaled about $4. Good value for the money.
The rest. in the Huong Giang hotel is good news-bad news. The service is terrible e.g., ordered a bottle of beer, the waiter brought it, put it on the table and left. Five min. later we managed to get his attention and got him to open the bottle. The good news is that the food is wonderful. Two large "fluffy" shrimp were delicious in their crispy coats as were the "special Hue cake", rice paper triangles filled with meat and veg. "Pork cooked in sesame", fork-tender boneless pork pieces in a lightly-spiced sauce sprinkled with sesame seeds, would have been great had they not sat in the kitchen drying out for 10 min. before delivery (the bad service again). The above plus a water and a green tea were about $11.50. If the service improved, I think that this rest. could provide food as good as Liberty in Saigon and more interesting in its flavors, giving truly memorable meals, worth (to us elites) the six-fold higher price above a simple and satisfying meal like that delivered by Com Ba Chu.