Hull >Food & Dining > La Dalat Restaurant
181 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA | Directions 0204542.268975 -70.854158
After reading glowing reviews online I was really looking forward to trying Dalat. As an event planner, I was also scoping out restaurants for future events that I host in the area.
So- I stopped in for an early dinner around 4 pm on Wednesday Sept 4th. The restaurant looked very nice: clean, upscale, fresh flowers on all the tables. I was especially impressed by the really beautiful menu- a fold-out affair with an elegant wooden cover. Very creative! I was looking forward to a great dining experience.
I ordered the "Himach" ($16, if I remember correctly) which sounded interesting and healthy. The menu describes it as grilled yellowtail atop fresh mango and black beans. My meal arrived. It was a beautifully-decorated plate- but that's the only thing about it that was appealing.
There was no mango or black beans in sight. Instead, this "meal" consisted of a 2-inch molded circle of white rice. On top of that was a small round tortilla-looking thing (I guess that was what the menu described as a "raviolli skin"). Thinly smeared on that was about a half teaspoon of an unidentifiable spread. I counted 4 or 5 TINY orange specks in this (was this meant to be the "mango"?). On top of that were 4 very small pieces of fish (about a bite and a half each). I bit into one of them and it tasted like pure fat. YUCK.
To his credit, the waiter noticed me picking incredulously at this "meal" and came over to ask if everything was ok. I explained why it was NOT, and he graciously offered to bring me something else. Thinking this must have been just a fluke after all the great reviews I had read online, I ordered the pineapple chicken.
Then the second "meal" arrived. This time, it was about 1 can's worth of *CANNED PINEAPPLE*, with a few pieces of red onion and a FEW slivers of chicken (could not have amounted to more than 1/4 of a chicken breast, if that). Instead of sending this back, too (which is what I should have done!) I stupidly ate some of it - (I was by this time pretty hungry). I did confirm w/the waiter, though, that it was indeed CANNED pineapple. He suggested I may wish to speak w/the manager.
A young man who said he was the owner (I later found out he was the owner's son) came over to my table. I politely gave him feedback on these 2 "meals", told him how much I had been looking forwad to eating in his establishment, how disappointed I was, and asked whether perhaps there was a substitute chef on today (?) He replied that this was the regular chef, and had excuses for everything. He said they always used canned pineapple, and that he'd never before heard any complaints about portion size, and that there was no fat in himachi (what did I bite into then???) He did not offer an apology, another meal that was edible, or at least a comp for the pineapple chicken (half of which was still on the plate in front of me).
So, I walked away $15 poorer, still hungry, and with a disgusting taste in my mouth. I tried to love Dalat and gave them every opportunity to prove to me that my experience was an anomoly.
Why are there so many great reviews posted online??? I can only conjecture that I ordered the wrong thing (TWICE??) , that people in Hull have no taste, or that the people writing these "reviews" are not actual customers.
In any case, I have no plans to return or to send any of my guests there- not just because of the food, but because of their poor customer relations. VERY disappointing.
MY ADVICE: Save your hard-earned cash and have a pizza on the beach instead.
Please avoid this place... The quality is sub-par for the price... For example, $11 Lo Mein noodles, but instead you get to enjoy RAMEN!
Excellent Food! Great customer service – Excellent food. Have had several items on the menu and always satisified! Great ambience and great customer service.
Horrible – We were told a 15 minute wait and it ended up being double that. When asked about Saki, the waiter said there were only two kinds, hot or cold. When he brought the wrong starter he laughed and walked away when told it was incorrect. I received my bland sushi 25 minutes before my boyfriend got his special. The "special" was not cooked at all. He sent it back and asked for the check. I'm from Hawaii and I know good sushi; I can tell you with certainty the sushi here is absolutely appalling. And the prices to match. $20 for Spicy Crab? It was by far the worst roll I have ever had in my life. I suppose you could enjoy it if you had nothing to compare it with and thought that you were sooo chic for eating here in the first place.
Hidden in Hull – Awesome chinese food on Nantasket ave in Hull...The best chinese food on the south shore...salmon hot pot tremendous...great chicken wings...
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