No 141-145. Eat fine Vietnamese food

30 Jun

The Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road is known for Vietnamese restaurants serving excellent and authentic grub.  We headed there yesterday for the next Time Out adventure.

There are four eateries recommended (links below) but in the interests of my waistline I chose just one, a place called Mien Tay which serves south western Vietnamese food.

We started with salt, pepper and chilli squid, prawn rolls and vegetable spring rolls served in traditional baskets, and chicken satay.

You may have eaten these dishes before, but not cooked like this.  The lightly battered squid was perfectly seasoned, the rolls were crispy with a generous filling  and the chicken satay was tender with plenty of sauce.

We moved on to shrimp clay pot curry as well as a chicken version, beautifully made with a smooth coconut flavour.  We sampled sea bream with fish sauce and mango which I loved in spite of not being a big fish eater.  Last but not least, my personal favourite of stir fried goat with lemon grass and chilli which was a moreish balance of spicy and sour.

You can taste the unusual combination of flavours with every bite, even the dishes with chilli which have a gentle heat rather than blow your head off, face glistening levels of spiciness.

The décor in Mien Tay is basic with some unusual touches (look out for the Vietnamese landscapes under the glass table tops) but it’s the food not the interior which is the highlight here.

Reasonably priced with mouthwatering dishes, one visit will ensure Mien Tay stays high on your list of places to eat in London.

http://www.mientay.co.uk/shoreditch Mien Tay, 122 Kingsland Road, E2 8DS, 020 7729 3074

http://songque.co.uk  Song Que, 134 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY, 020 7613 3222

http://www.quevietrestaurant.co.uk/  Que Viet, 102 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP, 020 7033 0588

http://namo.co.uk/  Namo, 178 Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD, 020 8533 0639

Coming up:  Time to work off some of my recent eating excursions with a visit to the London Fields Lido…

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