Khoai Café

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Ming Tang Evans
Khoai Cafe
Crouch End

Khoai Café’s pared-down, Formica-happy interior is never going to win any design awards, but that doesn’t bother the Crouch End locals who have thronged to the place since it opened early in 2005. The lure’s easy to understand: deftly handled Vietnamese dishes at distinctly wallet-friendly prices.

A starter of sautéed squid was tender, and fragrant with chilli and garlic fried to toffee-like nuggets. Main courses displayed the same sense of flavour balance: fried catfish was served whole, with slivers of punchy ginger; beef pho was assertively spicy; and a side dish of just-wilted greens came in a delicate, liquor-like oyster sauce. Booking’s a good idea, but staff will happily take your mobile number while you scoot over to a nearby bar; they’ll phone as soon as a table’s free.

Venue name: Khoai Café
Address: 6 Topsfield Parade
N8 8PR
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 5.30-11.30pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W3, W7 bus, or Archway tube then 41, W5 bus
Price: Main courses £3.60-£8.50. Set lunch £7.45 2 courses.

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Whoever is writing bad reviews here must have a hidden agenda. We dine here regularly. The food here is superb. Fresh and delicious an well presented. The waiting staff are lovely.


No idea how the reviews I have read came about as I have been visiting this restaurant regularly for over 2years and been served consistently good food, at great value with pleasant staff who are not imposing but very helpful with advice, when sought. Genuinely delicious and highly recommended.


My partner and I ventured out for a quick Friday night feast – well we couldn’t wait to run home after a very disappointing experience in Khoai. In fairness the prices were acceptable but the service was appalling! A mediocre starter of duck pancakes followed by a tepid Pho soup and a ‘specialty’ of ‘Bun Sa’. Well –there was nothing special about it, and after trying to send it back – (but being assured it would taste better with fish sauce), my partner gave up an simply didn’t eat. During the 50 minutes we were actually in the restaurant, we were not once asked if we were OK, and we felt like it was far from an enjoyable experience… The icing on the cake was when the staff attempted to charge is for the plate of food which had not been touched, and my was met by an affronting waitress who was both rude and abrupt. I would recommend this restaurant to someone who – needs to dispose of their cash in 50 minutes flat or is desperate.