This is really a review of the laksa at Cam Chan as I haven't had anything else there yet. Since Cam Chan is one of the few places in Vietnam that you can get a laksa I think a laksa-only review is justified.
There are a few key ingredients in a laksa and unfortunately for Cam Chan they skimp on one of the key ones - coconut milk. It's there, but not enough of it. This is a real pity because if not for the lack of coconut milk I think this would be a good laksa. The paste is a fiery red and spicier than your average laksa. It's hard to say if it's a *great* paste as tasting it without the right amount of coco milk makes it hard to compare, but I would hazard a guess and say that it's a good'un.
There was some hard boiled egg in it, which in my books is a good thing, but the strips of tofu were a little bit insubstantial. It also needed some more greenery - some beans or bok choi would've gone down a treat but alas green vegetables are not to be found. There were no vermicelli noodles and the hokkien noodles were of the dried variety. Marks lost for both of these facts.
It also needed a bit of bling - some fried shallots or coriander or something.
With my western glasses on this laksa gets a 2/5. With my Viet glasses on it gets 3.5/5. Worth a look, especially if you've got a craving.