Restaurants , Vietnamese Hackney
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Venue says: "10% discount at lunch time, noon-3:30pm, Monday to Friday."

Not far from the Hackney Picturehouse, this smallish but quite smart venue seems to get plenty of business from local Vietnamese. So much so that on a fine day the prime tables on the pavement are usually occupied by groups of Vietnamese men, drinking and talking. Many of them may be associated with the restaurant’s takeaway business, which focuses largely on common Chinese dishes.

Hai-Ha does, however, have quite a substantial Vietnamese repertoire. Cha ca la vong (named after a Hanoi restaurant that has served only this one dish for several generations) was a real treat; it consisted of grilled fish (here monkfish) marinated in turmeric, cooked with dill and spring onion, then topped with chopped peanuts. Seafood bun huế (noodle soup) was tasty and refreshing even on a very hot day.

This is more than can be said for the bottle of sparkling water, which was unrefrigerated and came with a glass still warm from the dishwasher; rather grudgingly, a small amount of ice was brought. Thankfully, the Saigon beer was chilled to perfection.


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Hai-Ha says
Hai Ha opened in late 1997 as the first Vietnamese cafe in Mare Street run by sisters. As time goes by, Hai Ha continues to improve and deliver the most authentic tastes of many famous street foods. Our specialities are pho, bun tom cha ca, nem cua be, soft-shell crab, banh tom ho tay and many more. The good thing is that our food is always fresh, home made and freezer free. It speaks for itself as a lot of our Vietnamese customers come here to enjoy the food to save cooking at home. We are licensed but you still can bring your own to enjoy the food more at your own choice. We always care and listen to our customers to improve and give them good food and good service.
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Venue name: Hai-Ha
Address: 206 Mare Street
E8 3RD
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Hackney Central rail or bus 48, 55, 253, 277, D6; Bus: 48, 55, 253, 277, D6
Price: Main courses £7-£8. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge
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Marion J

So delicious. I love this place. 

So simple and pretty cheap for how much delicious food you get. The people who work here are so sweet. Highly highly recommended.

Try their pancakes ;)

Tamsin V
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This is my local, and one of the best in the area. Hai Ha has a really welcoming feel to it, and the staff are always ready to give their recommendations. Definitely try the Pho and the Chili Squid. The food is always fresh and full of flavour, and the portions are huge - you get a lot for your money. It's bring your own booze here, but they're also licensed to serve their own alcohol. 

Danica M

Another A-M-A-Z-I-N-G lunch at the lovely Hai Ha with my extended Family this lunchtime in Mare Street.

Greeted as always by the lovely Mandy and her beautiful beaming smile, we ordered our usual spread of Chilli Squid, Chilli & Lemongrass Beef, Crispy Aromatic Duck, Spring Rolls & Singapore Noodles which as always was the BEST it ever tasted bursting with the incredible fresh flavours and zingy punches on my tongue!

Always more than a special treat to eat there already looking forward to our next visit at the end of the month.

Cant recommend Hai Ha enough amazing food and shockingly good value for money!!

Chris B

A total gem.it faces a lot of competition but it was one of the originals and seems to always surpass the others.i cannot fault it.great value,great food and ok despite a bit of a makeover ,it is never going to be grand dinning.but for 20odd quid you can can have a great meal for two

The owner is often there and takes great pride in her profession and possession .any problems ,just speak to her

Huge recommendation

Torai H

Good services and the food is excellent.
Nice spring rolls and beef pho is so delicious


this place is great lovely service and great food we love this place.

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