In its owners’ own words, Hanoi Café offers ‘homemade Vietnamese cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere’, which is a pretty accurate description of this charming ‘mom and pop’ restaurant. There’s no fussiness about the easy-wipe tabletops and the black and white photographs of Vietnam on the walls, nor do the dishes come intricately plated. We had plenty of fun with the rustic ‘roll your own summer roll’ platter, which arrived with personal bamboo mats, circles of rice paper wrappers that had to be soaked in an accompanying bowl of water, and mounds of shredded vegetables, herbs, and vermicelli noodles. Our choice of lime chicken filling, however, was more paltry than poultry – mostly batter rather than anything resembling meat. The menu features pho (noodle soups) and bun (rice noodles), served in massive bowls. Hanoi bun topped with sautéed beef, chicken and king prawns was a satisfying meal in itself, especially when accompanied by a strong Vietnamese iced coffee. Hanoi Café might not be the fanciest joint in town, but the food is honest and comforting.
Our family came to the UK in 1980 from Vietnam as boat refugees and settled in Hackney 30 years ago. Being one of the original few Vietnamese restaurants in London, we have seen many new and exciting things happening in the Vietnamese restaurant scene and we are proud to have been a part of it. At Hanoi Café, Kingsland Road, we have kept our menu simple and continue to serve dishes that we have been making in our signature home-style. Some of our favourites are the salt and pepper squid, slow-braised caramelised pork belly, stewed lemongrass beef and range of vermicelli noodle salads. Hanoi Cafe's broth used for our pho and noodle soups is slow-cooked for ten hours in a style true to traditional Northern-Vietnamese flavours.
We serve a special lunch menu (starter and main for £8.50), including our well-loved Vietnamese banh mi baguettes at £5.50.
Our restaurant is fully-licensed but we allow BYOB at certain times, charged at £2.50 per person (please contact restaurant beforehand to confirm).
|Venue name:||Hanoi Café||Contact:|
98 Kingsland Road
|Opening hours:||Daily noon-4pm & 5.30-11pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 149, 242 bus/Old Street tube/rail then 243 bus. Overground Hoxton Overground|
|Price:||Main courses £7.30-£11; beers £3.60; wine from £4.20 a glass; BYOB £2.50 per person (subject to conditions)|
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Average User Rating
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why are there no reviews for Hanoi Cafe? it has been around for years and is such a great little cafe. Great for a get together or a quiet noodle soup. quality food and not crazy prices.
I'm of Vietnamese origin and ate here 2 days ago. My friend and I both ordered the rare beef pho, and I was disapppointed to find the meat was in little pieces and quite scarce. Had to do a fair bit of fishing around in my bowl to find those elusive bits of beef! I suppose you can't expect too much for 5.40 GBP/bowl. As for the taste, it was decent, not excellent but satisfied my pho craving. Service quite poor though. It was 3PM in the middle of the day, well past the regular lunchtime, and we were the only 2 customers. The staff were not particularly friendly or helpful, in fact they looked bored out their minds and the waitress was in a hurry to get us out of the restaurant ASAP. Would only return if I was desperate.