Disappointing Dalat

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I like pho. There are a few spots that serve it in Wan Chai, one of which is Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant. There’s two Viet joints and a noodle spot on one block, so I expected the competition to raise everyone’s standards.

Boy, was I wrong.

I ordered a Set Dinner for One: From five choices of noodles and rice, you could pick one, and it’d come with a pair of spring rolls and a drink. As this was a Vietnamese resto, I had to try the basic pho. I got a Raw Beef Pho and a lime soda.

The beef was okay. Nothing special, tasted fine but it definitely didn’t look appetizing – slices of fatty beef pulled apart and piled on itself in the middle of the bowl. The noodles were Chinese ho fan, wider and thicker rice noodles than I’m accustomed to in pho. This made the noodles feel much heavier and more filling than they’d normally be, so I couldn’t finish the bowl. The soup was also saltier than expected, so I also couldn’t drink any soup without a gulp of soda afterwards.

The lime soda was okay.

The only redeeming thing about the edibles was the spring rolls. They were wrapped with a light, thin skin that didn’t dominate the roll, and fried properly.

The service was okay, nothing special, and the restaurant was sort of like a slightly nicer cha chaan teng (and just as crowded).

Knowing that there’s so many other options for Vietnamese food nearby, I’m not planning on returning for another meal.


Scoring

Parameter Score
Noodle 2/5
Spring Rolls 4/5
Lime Soda 3/5
Overall Food 2/5
Service 3/5
Cleanliness 2/5
Environment 3/5
Washroom N/A
Menu Cost ($) 3/5
Total Score 2/5

Menu Pricing

One person set dinners at $52.
Most noodle and rice items are under $50.


Dalat Vietnamese Restaurant
G/F, 8 Landale Street
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
+852 2527 6788

Open Every Day 11:00 – 23:00

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