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Café Da Lat

5615 Central Ave NE (Fairgrounds)
Albuquerque NM
(505) 266-5559
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-9pm Closed Sunday (hours can change without notice)
Meals Served: LunchDinner
Cuisine: Vietnamese, Asian

3.06 rating (65 votes)
Consistently one of the best Vietnamese joints in town and one of the few spots that whip up durian-fruit shakes. Da Lat does a magnificent breaded frog leg appetizer. The crispy golden legs are scrumptious dipped in Da Lat's salty, tangy nuoc cham sauce. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)

Community Reviews (4)
  • Consistently Good  [ Wed Jun 25 2008 9:56 AM ]

    One of the few restaurants in town that almost never disappoints. Once out of perhaps 20 times that I have eaten there the crispy catfish was not up to par. Dalat's prices are so reasonable that the lapse was easily overlooked. Not much on ambiance; but clean, friendly, with good food. I always come away satisfied and happy.

  • They tried to ruin my birthday  [ Mon Feb 23 2009 1:47 PM ]

    I've always loved the food here (though my husband has had some bad dishes), so I chose Cafe Dalat as my choice for a birthday lunch with my ma and brother. As I waited for them for 10 minutes, no one came by to get a drink order or anything. Once my family arrived, it was another 10 minutes before someone came by. 20 minutes later, the food came. I told the very hurried young busser that the dish he brought me was not what I had ordered and told him what I had. 10 minutes went by with no one coming over and no food. Eventually a waiter (not ours) came by and said they were working on it since I had ordered wrong. I replied that I hadn't, and thanked him for letting us know. More time. We all have to get back to work, especially my mom who has to punch a clock. My brother goes up to pay and comes back and says that the waitress, far from apologizing, blamed me again. They truly didn't give a shit. Even if (IF) a customer is confused, everyone in food service knows that you treat them well and help them out. Possibly the worst service experience I've ever had. Boooooo.

  • That Sucks Darcy  [ Mon Jun 15 2009 10:13 AM ]

    Cuz it's one of my favorite places in town. Go there almost once a week a this point. Cheap and tasty, just like I like em.

  • Fresh, Light, Aromatic  [ Wed May 26 2010 5:06 PM ]

    I always thought this place looked scary from the outside, but had also heard great things about the food. I was surprised to enter to such sharp decor & nice mood lighting. The windows are tinted so outside central traffic isn't as bad as you would think.

    What we had:

    -Lotus stem salad with cilantro, basil, daikon, carrots, shrimp, tofu crispies and peanuts with a sweet & sour vinaigrette. Juicy little appetizer.

    -Spring rolls with pork. Larger than I've had elsewhere with a sweet/pungent dry seasoning in them.

    -Vegetable Sour Soup with sweet tamarind broth, pineapple, bokchoy, cilantro, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage and tofu with steamed rice. Fresh, light and aromatic. Generous portion. Very nice.

    -Catfish Sour Soup is what my guy had. Same broth and veggies as above. He really enjoyed it. (little too fishy for me, I'm not big on catfish)

    -Hot tea, black with a bit of a smoky flavor served in a cute little ceramic teapot.

    Bonus: our water was served in glasses (I'm picky and don't like drinking out of plastic)

    The service was prompt and very friendly. We left quite full but in a light and healthy way with plenty of leftovers.

    The menu is extensive. Can't wait to go back and try more (the banana beef stew sounds intriguing.)

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