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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’ eaterie. 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.
Venue name: Hanoi Café
Address: 98 Kingsland Road
E2 8DP
Opening hours: Meals served Summer 10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat. Winter 10am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3pm Sat.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 67, 149, 242 bus/Old Street tube/rail then 243 bus
Price: Main courses £1.95-£5.95.

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Thao HA

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.