Sunday, 9 August 2009

Viet Hoa - a pick me up

My partner's parents are in town from New Zealand. They wanted some Vietnamese food as they enjoy this in NZ. I have an awful head cold and after working all week I really wanted to do nothing but go home and crash out. My mood was soon lifted by the friendly and laid back vibe at this family run cafe.
The decor is simple greasy spoon SE Asia style; white walls, wipe clean patterned tablecloths, paper napkins, fluorescent lighting, and a few pot plants. Just the thing for an easy going evening.
The food is okay however I'd like to try some of the other Vietnamese cafes lining this stretch of Kingsland Road as I have heard the standards vary. Stand out dishes included soft shell crab. paper wrapped tiger prawns, summer rolls, and whole fried tilapia fish.
This is a good spot for a family meal as its relaxed feel and friendly service make for a pleasant evening sharing starters and mains around a large table.
The prices are very reasonable at £22.00 a head for a starter, main, and a few beers. By 8pm both floors were full with a mixed crowd of couples and groups of all ages which made for a great atmosphere. If you want to chill on a Friday night this is a perfect spot.
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