East Street

Restaurants , Asian Fitzrovia
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This busy Rathbone Place canteen is all about the flavours and feel of East Asian street food spots, with a colourful, noisy room and dishes from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Expect recognisable pan-Asian crowd-pleasers such as chicken satay skewers, laksa soups, summer rolls, pad Thai noodles, ramens, katsu curries and beef rendang. Sharing platters, small plates and express lunches and dinners are also available. And if you want to do something good while you eat? Order the pho – 50p from each one ordered goes to MAG, a charity that removes landmines from conflict zones.

There's a take away facility too, which proves popular with local workers dining al desko.

Venue name: East Street
Contact:
Address: 3-5 Rathbone Place
London
W1T 1HJ
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
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3.9 / 5

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Raymond M
Tastemaker

Found this place by chance whilst wandering down Rathbone Place, Soho (London) in search of a decent lunchtime bite. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but when I inspected the menu by the entrance I knew I had found the right place. The restaurant offers a wide range of small/medium sized bites from all over Asia. From Japan to Papa New Guinea. You could spend the entire day going through their very well priced menu on a culinary journey across the continent. 


The setting is canteen style and the interior is decked out with an array of hanging miniature advertising light boxes from across the region. The graphics and typography are very well considered, and to some it might come across as a little cliche, I found myself endeared to them. There is nothing pretentious about the place. The staff were very chilled and attentive. Upon arriving and being shown to my table I was given a refreshing Red Bush iced tea for free and handed a menu.


The place is run very well and I had my meal, a very tasty Ga Xao Xa Ot (Chicken breast, green peppers and carrots Wok fried with fiery red chillies and lemon grassed, served with streamed Jasmine rice) from Vietnam, within 10 minutes of ordering. Whilst I ate and digested my meal I had a chance to have a good look around and take in the decor. The place was half full but nothing was rushed and or hectic and the vibe was really relaxed. I was only in there for around 30 minutes but the place has really won me over. I will certainly be coming back and can see this as being a good place to go before, during or after a night out in Soho.


Lise M
Tastemaker

I've visited several times East Street for lunch in the past months. Decorated as an asian street food market, it offers great street pan-asian food as soup noodles, wok fried noodles, stir fried and various curries. I've ordered different dishes each time and they were all tasty. The staff is very friendly and takes time to explain you the dishes if you're not familiar with asian food. It's a good place if you need to have a quick lunch at a reasonable price. 

Jaynie

So, East Street restaurant, its become a bit of a regular hang out for us recently. They've added some new dishes to the menu recently that I'm working my way through. So far I'd recommend the Monkfish curry, really really tasty and I'd say good value for £13. The dessert taster platter is an East Asian treat too. Yes please! Re the TimeOut review of the place, not sure what they expected. Yes, if you want the actual real deal get a plane ticket to East Asia, goes without saying really...?

Clarissa

We LOVE his place. The Changmai noodles are fantastic and the decor is very quirky

Tim

Had a fantastic dinner at east street. Really don't understand negative comments. Decor really cool Loved the nasi goreng - hit spot - tempura prawns / veg authentic generous portions and delicious. My partner v happy with her food - delicious mixed platter of starters and greatbflavour noodles. Drank cold beer Chilled out V happy! Service v friendly. Ok lt is a bit like wagamama but think wagamama but more colourful, more flavour, more individual.

Elle

It's ok and the interior is very cool. But as someone below said, it's really just Wagamama with better decor. If you want better Asian fusion food for the same price I'd tell you to go to Banana Tree Canteen on Wardour Street - it still wouldn't impress anyone from SE Asia but at least you get some flavour.

Sophie

Quick and quite tasty, if lacking a certain punch. It was nothing to write home about and the venue was low on hubub (it looked nice but wasn't very cosy) but I'd go again.

Milly J

Love this place, I work just up the road and have been here for lunch a few times now. I took my other half at the weekend too, after raving about the place so much he wanted to try it for himself. To start with the decor is fantastic, a lot of thought has clearly gone into the design. I’d also rate the service highly – fast, friendly and from waiters who bloody well know what they're talking about! Most importantly though, the food is To. Die. For! The dishes I’ve tried so far have been absolutely spot on. I'd recommend the Khao Soi (noodles in a red curry sauce) which is sublime and the corn fritters but my go-to favourite is their Nasi Goreng. Fresh ingredients, beautifully wok fried, fantastic flavours and good portion size. VERY moreish. The starter platter to share is very good too as you get a selection of the best 'small dishes'. I'd say the prices are very reasonable and the lunchtime menu is an absolute bargain. Beats the likes of Wagamama and Busabai Eat Thai hands down.

Bunny

Had dinner here with a couple of girfriends las tweek: lovely evening. I grew up in Singapore and travelled extensively in Asia: the ambiance took me right back there. Food quality was excellent - Laksa probably one of the best I've tasted in the West and my friends lovedt their Adobo and Chicken Miso Ramen. Staff were super-helpful and genuinely friendly, and we loved the Asian cocktails! Great addition to this part of town north of Oxford St, will become a regular haunt for me.

Steve

Don't go to this place. The food is not authentic, portions are very small, and don't be fooled by the cheap decor: it's very pricey. Walk a few minutes toward Euston and there's tons better restaurants around. Total ripoff.

janelle

im filipino and my friend is malay-singaporean and boy were we excited when we found out our favorite foods are at this place!! unfortunately, its bland. missing the taste that is true. decor is brilliant. but the food is lacking in any authenticity. AND just to let you know for food to taste good it doesnt need to be expensive. ACTUALLY it should be the opposite cheap massive portions with an asian mother welcoming you in to eat some even though youre stuffed. if youve never tried the real thing and youre hoping to impress that new asian girl youre dating- dont try it here. but if youve never been to SEasia then youre in for a great stimulating environment.

James

Popped in by myself for lunch. Had Gyoza, Laksa and a Samsung Whisky bucket and reminisced about my travels in Asia. Although I was stuffed halfway through my Laksa, I still kept going back for more. Great service, the waitress was able to answer all of my many questions. Perfect place for a quick bite to eat before or after the cinema. Very reasonable.

Jill

Great Pan Asian food at very reasonable price! Love the street market feel/ambiance! As a vegetarian, was excellent to see so many veggie options on the menu. Would love for one to be in the city, especially seeing as it has a take out service. Will be making a return visit very soon.

James

Went here last night with friends we had the tampopo platter. I ordered the red curry which was very yummy and the somtam was on par with those I tasted in Thailand. My friends all enjoyed their dishes too. Tip: Try the sangsom and coke it comes in a plastic bucket with 2 staws!

James

Totally and utterly run of the mill. Wagamama practices this concept to much better effect.

Janet

An absolute gem of a place. I went for lunch pre launch and had the Chicken Miso Ramen, ramen noodles in a slurpilicious sesame(?) and chilli miso soup, topped with chicken and a boiled egg. Not my usual thing but I would definitely order it again. My group all tried some and were raving about it too. As I said, a gem, it has certainly earnt a place on my list of favourite feeding spots..