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Bun Bun Bun

Restaurants, Vietnamese Hoxton
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)

Time Out says

More modern and minimalist than some of its neighbours in Kingsland Road’s Vietnamese wonderland, this cheery, colourful outfit also stands out from the crowd with its signature ‘bún’ salads – steamed rice vermicelli and herbs dressed with pungent ‘nouc cham’ fish sauce and served with all manner of toppings ranging from grilled meats to lemongrass-infused tofu. The menu also takes in Hanoi-style street-food dishes, plus small plates and sides (spring rolls, grilled pork in betel leaves, salt-and-chilli ribs etc). Alternatively opt for a bánh mì (baguette) or a bowl of steaming pho. Zingy fresh flavours, big portions, speedy service, low prices and BYOB – what’s not to like! One tip: arrive early or be prepared to wait in line.

 

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Address: 134b Kingsland Road
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E2 8DY
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4 out of 5 stars

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4.3 / 5

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Tastemaker

Kingsland road is full of Vietnamese restaurants. When I walk or cycle past it - which happens regularly - I can smell deliciousness and rich flavours blended with fish sauce. BunBunBun is the less traditional looking and more minimal and modern than the rest. It is also relatively smaller. However, it is always packed, especially in the evenings and there even might be a queue. The food is amazing, it is renowned for its buns, which are Vietnamese salads with rice noodles, salad, delicious fish sauce and prawns, beef or chicken etc. Very tasty and great value for money. The staff can be a bit awkward sometimes but alright. Definitely recommend it!

tastemaker

One of the better Vietnamese on Kingsland road. Really loved the flavours and menu had a lot of gluten free options. Second time I went, it really smelled like toilets which is a massive shame!! Let's hope they fixed it.

tastemaker

After coming back from a trip overseas, I was craving asian cuisine and the best remedy for anything (including hangovers) is a great simple bowl of steaming hot pho, and let me just say, that this joint has definitely earned a place at the top of my go-to vietnamese cuisine list!


What we had: 

  • Summer rolls
  • Bún chả Hà Nội with grilled lemongrass pork patties in a meat broth with crispy spring rolls
  • Phở bò đặc biệt - Special beef pho with rare beef steak, flank, tendon & beef balls

The bún here is really really good. It’s so filling, and the noodles and herbs are always fresh and crisp. The meat broth is full of flavour without being heavy and oily; my only criticism here is that the spring rolls could have been a little crispier and hotter. If you’re going to do something simple, there’s little room for error - the Pho is spot on here with the broth clearer and lighter in colour but very flavoursome - always put all the bean sprouts, herbs and lime in for a fresh zing and crunchy texture to go with the noodles. The summer rolls here are also solid - with a nice helping of peanuts on top of the sauce to add texture and flavour.

I’ve got to say that the humble pho is an absolute favourite of mine. It really does hit the spot every single time; it’s also healthy and doesn’t sit heavily in your stomach. Overall, this place is hits all the right notes with their no-fuss friendly service, flavour and variety on the menu. 


Tip: get in early for a table - I wouldn’t recommend it to too many people, as nowadays there’s always a queue!


Good For: casual lunch/ dinner, catch up with friends, small groups, cheap and cheerful, quick meal.

tastemaker

Following the hype that bun cha received after Anthony Bourdain and Obama shared a meal in Hanoi on 'Parts Unknown', the search term 'best bun cha London' became very popular on Google. It is so that I discovered Búnbúnbún.


This little gem in the Vietnamese row on Kingsland road stands out with its colourful design and large-growing green plants in the window - and as you step in, the smell of exotic hits you right in the face. With about 15 tables maximum, this place is well and truly packed out every day after about 6.30, so we were quite lucky to arrive at 6.15. 


The staff are friendly, albeit not very helpful when it comes to picking something off the surprisingly extensive menu. On the other hand, you can't really go wrong. The prawn summer rolls were as per the book, sticky on the outside and filled with fresh, crunchy vegetables, arriving with a thick peanut sauce that blew me away (I'm such a sucker for peanut sauce). Perhaps a little kick of spice would have moved it to an even higher level, but it was delicious and had the perfect texture none the less. Same goes for the vegetarian option, tofu summer rolls, which were also up to scratch and quite a mouthful, as it should be. 


Anecdote: I once almost choked on one of these suckers. But I came back to them anyway. 


For mains, it is an obvious choice - authentic bun cha Ha Noi, which is what Obama was slurping in Vietnam too, accompanied by Saigon Export ('Vietnamese beer' on the menu). This huge plate of noodles, vegetables, shredded leaves, aromatic herbs and chilli, accompanied by a bowl of deliciously spicy pork meat and patties in a sticky fish sauce-style dip, is worth every penny. The dish is deliberately lukewarm, as this is a type of noodle salad, but the sticky noodles quickly become soft and easy to slurp when mixed with that awesome dip. Everything is fresh and vibrant in colour, and the experience will leave you stuffed and happy like a child.


Same goes for the huge bowl of pho which came with a pile of veg and pickled onions, as customary, and was more than enough for a whole meal by itself.


With smiley staff and delicious food, not to mention huge portions, you really can't go wrong with Búnbúnbún. Expect to wait if you're not as savvy as some of us (cough). But absolutely worth it. 


Bun Bun Bun sounds like it is going to be a very enthusiastic bakery, but instead it is a lively and effusive Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Hoxton’s Vietnamese wonderland of Kingsland Road. Amidst the long line of safe bet, but uneventful restaurants which surround it, Bun Bun Bun stands out for being a youthful, vibrant dinner option with a fresh and delicious menu at affordable prices (very filling mains all below £10).


Highly popular, customers are bundled in close to each other, sharing tables in a brightly lit bustling atmosphere – which makes it better for a casual meal with friends than a romantic date location. Although busy and usually with a queue – don’t be disheartened, service is efficient and you are likely to be seated quickly.


Nestled among rows of Vietnamese restaurants, Bun Bun Bun offers a trendier option and more modern deco to it's competitors. However, that's not the only reason that this restaurant is BUSY, the food is really good. We went for a soup dish with tomato, crab and prawns and a noodle salad with crispy spring rolls, both dishes bursting with flavour, accented by the fresh Thai basil, coriander, chili. The food really is exquisite. And there are drinks deals between 4 and 6 where beers are £2.50 and you get £4 off a bottle of wine. The only draw back, sadly, was the service which didn't quite live up to the quality of the food. However, I would still recommend this place. 

Tastemaker

Where does one go for post holiday Vietnamese fix when the rest of pho mile is closed for the festive weekend? Bun Bun Bun seems to be the answer. While this restaurants specialises on bun noodle salad, I ended up with beef special pho to satisfy my craving. I was pleasantly surprised with the clear broth, delicately sliced beef and rice noodles. Looking at the dishes ordered by adjacent tables, I would definitely be tempted to return to sample the bun on a warm summer day.

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