difficult to give 5* as i don't eat mammals but food is so good - everyone tells me - and the one dish i can eat without upsetting lord buddha is delicious. people friendly. prices friendly. no exploitation of workers.
ah well. sold since then. ha noi changing all the time. me too. moved somewhere less hectic.
I had four happy years of restaurants and markets in valencia. I had three happy years of cebiche and aji [ot/chilli]with everything in peru. My recommendation: enjoy vietnamese food at vietnamese prices - i never got good "latina" food outside of the relevant country. You can't even get good latin-american food in spain! If you live here and have a kitchen, you are in luck; the markets are good and they rarely try to rip you off unless you wear a baseball cap and shout at them in english or insist on shopping in the foreigner districts.
Hai Phong better ... shrimps still jumping in the bag when you carry them home. Sea food in Do Son that even my Hai Phong friend could not name. Good munchies!