The first reassuring sign about this restaurant is that more than 50% of the people who come out are… Asians. The second great sign is that if you go there when the sun is out, you can enjoy a special drink (containing coconut juice, or aloe vera, or those Asian-specialty jellies) at the outside tables (unfortunately they do not serve food outside). But let’s get to the most important point about Café East, which is the food. It is absolutely delicious, at a highly affordable price. We shared the summer rolls as a starter and the homemade peanut sauce that came with it was just a “wow” factor. Then we took item nr 19 and 20 (one is the typical bun cha, with pork spring rolls and shredded pork, and the other one is the vermicelli bowl with sweet lean beef). The portions are huge, the meat portion is very generous, and the everything is really fresh. The fish sauce might be a bit strong in terms of taste for some, but it is really nice and special, too.
The interior of the restaurant is very simplistic and spacious, the staff friendly and efficient, so overall if you happen to be in Surrey Quays and don’t necessarily want to eat at the giant Tesco or at Pizza Hut, go to café East and treat yourself for less than 15 pounds all inclusive!