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Top 10 Best Vietnamese Restaurants in London

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The best Vietnamese restaurants in London

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Image of Cay Tre

Soho
Restaurant
Vietnamese

You've done the standard night out in Shoreditch, so you know the run down. A few cheeky cocktails, followed by a huge slap-up meal at Cay Tre on Old Street, before hitting the bars and clubs. Well, now you can copy-paste your east London evening to Soho because the French-influenced Vietnamese restaurant has set up shop there too; only this time with a slightly sleeker appearance (well, we're not in east London any more). Funky drop lighting and glossy tiling offset a crisp black and white colour palette. To eat, we recommend the seafood. It goes really well with the exotic spices

Image of Pho & Bun

West End
Restaurant
Vietnamese

If you're looking for authentic Vietnamese nosh in casual surroundings, then look no further than Pho & Bun on the buzzing Shaftesbury Avenue. Led by traditional pho, the Pho & Bun menu brings authentic and flavour-rich Vietnamese street food to the West End. The relaxed restaurant is dotted with distinctly Vietnamese features reminiscent of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Pho & Bun sits a stone's throw from many of the West End's most iconic theatres and is a great a place to meet before a show or just a casual night out with your pals.

Image of Viet Eat

City of London
Restaurant
Vietnamese

This small Vietnamese restaurant near Holborn Tube station is a casual place to meet for a pho or a banh mi before heading into the West End for a show or into Covent Garden for a few cocktails with pals. The interior is all wood and communal tables, like a Vietnamese cafe, so get stuck in, start sharing and get cosy. The menu has all the usual Vietnamese street food options that you love, including summer rolls, fried salt and chilli squid, and Vietnamese fried rice. The restaurant is also open until 10pm on most nights of the week so you could potentially nip in here for a healthy, tactical feed on your way home from the pub/bar/late night at work.

Image of Keu Shoreditch

Shoreditch
Restaurant
Vietnamese

Going out clubbing in Shoreditch on the weekend? You're going to need some energy before you step out on the dancefloor. This Vietnamese restaurant on Old Street on the borders between Shoreditch and Hoxton is one of the best places in east London for yummy soakage before ruining yourself. It's quick and easy cafe food here; exactly what you need. Keu's typical Saigon street food is as good as anything you'll ever eat in Ho Chi Minh City (although sadly not as cheap). The menu highlights include mackerel bahn mi, chicken curry over rice, duck on rice and wonton soup. Warning: portions are small, so we suggest over-ordering to be on the safe side.

Image of Hanoi Cafe

Shoreditch
Restaurant
Vietnamese

When you're heading to Little Vietnam, that stretch of the Kingsland Road between Shoreditch and Hoxton, you'll be confronted with an abundance of Vietnamese restaurant choices. Put Hanoi Cafe towards the top of your hit list because the casual, laid-back setting gives it a semi-street food atmosphere, as though you're setting down for some fresh food in the neighbourhoods of Hanoi. A bowl of pho will bring you change from a tenner, and the spring rolls are allegedly better than those you'll find in Vietnam. Other favourites include the Bánh xeo pancake and the Bánh mi baguette. The service is hit and miss, dependent on time of day and day of the week, but at least the ingredients are fresh.

Image of The Little Viet Kitchen

Angel & Islington
Restaurant
Vietnamese

What's this? A top 10 Vietnamese restaurant that isn't in east London? How could this happen?! We couldn't resist adding this cosy restaurant in north London (near Chapel Market in Angel) to our recommendations list because it's just too cute to ignore. Although the corner space is small, it is well lit and decorated in a way that is far removed from the plastic chairs and formica tables of y'standard Vietnamese restaurant in London. If you're arriving as a couple, we suggest grabbing a seat at the bar. Start with street food, such as soy sauce aubergine with mushrooms or pork spring roll, before moving onto the beef short rib in chicken stock or the tiger prawns. This is a true hidden gem.

Image of Saigon Saigon

Hammersmith
Bar / Restaurant
Vegetarian

You have to feel sorry for those Londoners who love Vietnamese food but live in west London, having to trudge over to east and central London every time they want a pho or a Bánh me. That's where Saigon Saigon comes to the rescue, with its authentic Vietnamese cuisine station just west of Hammersmith (isn't that Buckinghamshire?). Unlike their brisk and busy counterparts in the east, the staff at this restaurant take their time to show each guest real hospitality. The hot pot, the roll-your-own pork meatballs, and the homey grilled chicken with five spice are all worth looking out for on the menu, as are the chilli and lemongrass chargrilled ribs. Fresh ingredients and balanced flavours.

Image of Mien Tay

Clapham
Restaurant
Vietnamese

This Vietnamese restaurant near Clapham Junction station has three sister restaurants in Wood Green, Fulham and Shoreditch but we chose this branch to give our south London crew easy access to some life-affirming Vietnamese cuisine. Do not judge this restaurant on its service or decor; neither are that impressive. Whereas, give merit where it is due for the cheap and tasty food that is served, quickly, at Mien Tay. Dishes you want to order include the spring rolls, the salad rolls (tofu or prawn), the honey-glazed chicken, the grilled pork bun, and the monkfish clay pot curry. Wash down with a Saigon beer, obvs.

Image of Song Que

Shoreditch
Restaurant
Vietnamese

One of the largest and most popular Vietnamese restaurants on the famous 'Pho Mile', it has been wowing Londoners since 2002 with a traditional and authentic Vietnamese menu. Their pho is renowned all over the city with the rich broth containing beef flavours that have been simmered for hours along with seven different types of herbs and spices. Their menu is one of the most extensive Vietnamese menus you will find in London with an endless list of starters and main courses to choose from such as prawn paste in sugar cane and crispy sea bream in tamarind sauce.

Image of Viet Food

West End
Restaurant
Vietnamese

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