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Mar 23, 2009 02:30 PM

Northern Vietnamese restaurants in London

I'm coming to London in April, and would love to find one or two northern Vietnamese restaurants (Hanoi will be best). I'll be staying in Mayfair, but am willing to travel.
Thank you very much in advance.

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  1. Not sure if they are specifically Northern Vietnamese, but the Kingsland Road area in Shoreditch East London is the place for Vietnamese restaurants - I'm sure you will find out what you are after there

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    1. re: pj26

      Great, I'll check them out. Thank you.

      1. re: nohofoods

        Thang Loi on Kingsland road boasts some North Vietnamese dishes on the menu. However, as pj26 said there are lots of Vietnamese restaurants in the same area (eg Viet Grill and Cay Tre) which may also have North Vietnamese dishes.

        1. re: Gourmet Chick

          i think cay tre does specialise in northern vietnamese food . One of their specials is a fantastic monkfish dish that they cook at your table . i think its called cha ca la vong made famous from the name of the same street in hanoi , and tastes almost as good !

          1. re: millema

            Thank you, I'll make sure to check it out. Cha ca La Vong happens to be one of my favorite foods growing up in Hanoi. :)

            1. re: nohofoods

              The cha ca la vong at Cay Tre is excellent - grilled at your table with plenty of fresh dill!

          2. re: Gourmet Chick

            Thang Loi was replaced by Mien Tay (which specialises in southern cuisine) sometime last year... a shame as Thang Loi was one of the few places specialising in northern Vietnamese cuisine. But also not so much a shame as my last meal there before it closed was less than great.

      2. As said before, Kingsland Road is the place for Vietnamese food. I like Tay Do Cafe, which is very well priced & all the food ive had there is very good. I think their fresh rolls were much nicer than the ones i ate in 'Nam last summer.

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        1. re: Plantie

          Would second the Tay Do Cafe recommendation. Ate there last night - beautiful fresh summer rolls, really vibrant green papaya salad with crispy beef and a Vietnamese pork/prawn pancake, which was a little bland in itself, but came with lettuce, mint, tangy dip to jazz it up suitably. We were stuffed already but shared a mekong catfish in caramel which came in chunks in a claypot with a gorgeous smokey, fiery, deep and not too sweet sauce. Lovely. Another time I'd like to try the grilled goat with vermicelli which was at the table next to us. Very sweet and attentive and quick service, which was commendable given it was never less than 100% full. BYO. Our food, which was too much really, came to £24 for two. Grand.

        2. Best Northern Vietnamese cuisine in London are The Viet Grill and Cay Tre. They do all the best stuff from Hanoi (also some special from Ho Chi Minh City). Their chef is from Hanoi and he has a best knowledge about Vietnamese Food. (I heard this from the first secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in London, he said the embassy often books for party their)

          Try the Pho Cuon Steamed Roll, The Cha la lot (spiced meat wrapped in betel leaves), and the turtle (24 hours notice) and you will be amazed.