Good evening Munich! No, Charlie has nothing to do with a chocolate factory. Wait… Don’t leave just yet! Charlie may not offer any Wonka bars and you may not meet any Oompas Loompas in the kitchen, it is worth a visit anyway.  Charlie is a trendy Vietnamese restaurant located in the Schyrenstr., on the outskirts of Untergiesing – no need to have a golden ticket to enjoy some Vietnamese goodness!

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The location: Charlie is located in the Schyrenstraße , on the East side of the Isar. The closest Ubahn is the U1-U2 Kolombusplatz. The area, mostly residential, is nice and quiet.

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The atmosphere: Munich hipsters make no mistakes about it – at Charlie’s, the atmosphere is resolutely trendy. The décor is quite on the minimalistic edge: mainly woody and with cool lamps, light tones and colors. We particularly liked the original outside-look of the restaurant, purple neon and old style sign like an old movies place.

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The fffoood: The highlight of the menu is the “lau” which can be translated as hot pot (Feuertopf in German). Choose your soup (vegetables or meat) and your main ingredient from a variety of meats, fishes and veggies. Everything you get is raw and will be cooked –by yourself- in the soup. Once you’re done cooking, the skillful will have no issues rolling everything into a beautifully shaped roll, ready to be dipped and savored by its creator… YOU!

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Be aware that you need to be at least 2 persons to order this dish. If you’re not in the mood for a Cook-It-Yourself experience (or if you are alone ;-)), Charlie offers a couple of salads, soups, noodles and other daily dishes to choose from. The “Specials” are 3 compositions based off duck and king prawns. For starters, we recommend the fried rolls – we got the pork fried rolls and found them delicious.

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Price-wise, we find Charlie to be a tad expensive – For the hot pot, 15EUR per person plus main ingredient (ranges from 5EUR to 9EUR) and drinks, you can end up at around 30EUR per person if you stick to a couple of drinks and have a starter on top. The rest of the meals rarely go below 10EUR. Bonus points however for the big portions!

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The verdict: The hot pot was a fun and tasty experience, the service was absolutely perfect: quick service, little waiting times and special tips from the waitress on how to roll up the rolls. On the other hand, we found the menu a bit limited and expected a bit more variety. If it’s true authenticity you are after, then Charlie might not be the place to go…

And if you really are a chocolate fan, there are some Schokobömbchen with Mango pulp for dessert!

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Finding Charlie:

Homepage: http://charl.ie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlie.bar.restaurant

Schyrenstr. 8 (map)
81543 München

Tel: 089 480 582 44

Opening hours:
Tue. – Fri.: 12:00 – 1:00
Sat.: 18:00 – 1:00
Sun: 17:00 – 23:00

The bar next door is open Saturday’s from 22:00

Charlie: Vietnamese for Hipsters (and more)
Food76%
Atmosphere78%
Service76%
Location71%
Originality79%
76%Overall Score
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