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East Street

Restaurants, Asian Fitzrovia
4 out of 5 stars
(26user reviews)
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East Street

Time Out says

This busy Rathbone Place canteen is all about the flavours and feel of East Asian street food spots, with a colourful, noisy room and dishes from Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

Expect recognisable pan-Asian crowd-pleasers such as chicken satay skewers, laksa soups, summer rolls, pad Thai noodles, ramens, katsu curries and beef rendang. Sharing platters, small plates and express lunches and dinners are also available. And if you want to do something good while you eat? Order the pho – 50p from each one ordered goes to MAG, a charity that removes landmines from conflict zones.

There's a take away facility too, which proves popular with local workers dining al desko.



Address: 3-5 Rathbone Place
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40.
Opening hours: Open 11.30am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:14
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:3
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It's not the most mind-blowing Asian food I've ever eaten but it's good and cheap and has a whole menu of veggie/vegan options. I have a peanut allergy and love Asian food (always tricky), but the waitress here was well-informed about ingredients and took extra care to make sure I was aware of what was in everything she served me. The servings are big, the service is quick and the interiors are colourful and fun. If you find yourself on Tottenham Court Road with hunger pangs I'd definitely recommend it.


With oodles of noodles and food choices, we visited on a Wednesday night and were taken aback by how busy it was - three of us dined and given the variety of food on offer, we shared several dishes tapas style including chicken katsu curry, redang, green curry, roti, duck and edamame. It all tasted OK but just that - kind of what you'd expect in an Asian chain restaurant, no real flavours or style leapt out. We opted for it to all be served together although that was a mistake as the two final dishes came out waaaay after we'd finished everything else. The staff were very friendly and knew the menu well. Overall, it was a good experience, but there are better Asian eateries out there.


Really delicious food at a good price. Staff are very friendly and their 2 for one cocktails are pretty good too.  For a quick, low price meal out and a catch up this is my go-to.  The first few times I always stuck to the Satay Chicken because it is AMAZING but have now had a few other dishes from the menu and they have all been very enjoyable. The portion sizes are pretty ideal - not too big and not too small - and their dessert range is pretty decent (I recommend the churros).


I popped here off the cuff on a Sunday afternoon with my boyfriend after we sank a couple glasses of wine in a nearby pub. And what an absolute little gem! 

Between us, we had 4 x cocktails, 1 x starter and 2 x main courses (and thanks to a happy hour deal [2 for 1 cocktails] that runs from 2pm-7pm every day) our bill was around £47 - which I thought was reasonable for such good quality. 

The food was sensational. We had the tamarind duck which was GREAT (albeit portion a little small) and the imperial rice with pork belly (which was a big portion) - and I could not recommend those dishes higher. 

The decor was very cool. It had real 80's, Bladerunner vibes with lots of cool and bespoke neon signs dotted about (see pic below).

This is an ideal mid-week treat!


Really cool setting for Asian food. There is a good range of meals and starters available and a lunch time special menu available with reduced prices. 

The food was fresh and very fragrant and flavourful as you would expect from an Asian menu. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and service was quick so it was a great experience overall.


What a find! Tucked down a street just off Oxford Street, a great spot to re-charge after lots of shopping. Wonderful food in a very cool 'street food' setting. Both food and wine are reasonably priced and the staff are really friendly. Our food came super quickly too and I loved the after dinner mints. Will come back for sure!


East Street is extemely conveniently located next to Roxy bar! After drinking a couple too many cocktails, we popped into East Street. With a wide selection of different Asian foods, we were in heaven! Choosing items like kimchi, udon noodles, corn fritters.

The service was fast and the food was well seasoned and very flavoursome. Reasonable priced and cheap enough to pop into for a weekday meal.


I love this vibrant Asian fusion canteen tucked just behind Oxford street, always there when you are about to drop from shopping. On a hot day you are greeted with ice tea while you peruse the menu which spans all of Asia, so there's lots of choice for everyone. The food doesn't break any boundaries but is delicious. The Tokyo style indoor lit street signs and studio ghibli animations playing in silent on big screens transport you to heavenly Asia to enjoy the flavours even more.


I walked past this restaurant so many times but always on the way to somewhere else, luckily last week I got to sample East Street and it was just ok.A friend and I shared a platter which was ridiculously small only supplying 2 chicken skewers, 2 prawns, one spring roll cut in half and other small bits.Not enough for them to suggest it as a full main.We actually then ordered a starter between us after, despite the staff telling us that we shouldn’t as the platter was “a lot of food”. I normally appreciate an opinion here and there but the staff weren’t exactly too friendly.I would go back but not for dinner as it feels more like a lunch destination for a quick bite to eat.I was hoping for an Asian Wahacas and I was left very disappointed.The beer was nice though.

Nothing special, nothing really fancy, but great location and very nice service for what they have.

The decoration of the place is quite quirky and will catch your attention. Since it is a combination of Asian food (literally all of them),  I found it slightly confusing when looking at the menu. Good and tasty food in general, but some dishes were missing a bit of love and portions were on the small side of things. 

Not bad but nothing special either. 

Found this place by chance whilst wandering down Rathbone Place, Soho (London) in search of a decent lunchtime bite. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but when I inspected the menu by the entrance I knew I had found the right place. The restaurant offers a wide range of small/medium sized bites from all over Asia. From Japan to Papa New Guinea. You could spend the entire day going through their very well priced menu on a culinary journey across the continent. 

The setting is canteen style and the interior is decked out with an array of hanging miniature advertising light boxes from across the region. The graphics and typography are very well considered, and to some it might come across as a little cliche, I found myself endeared to them. There is nothing pretentious about the place. The staff were very chilled and attentive. Upon arriving and being shown to my table I was given a refreshing Red Bush iced tea for free and handed a menu.

The place is run very well and I had my meal, a very tasty Ga Xao Xa Ot (Chicken breast, green peppers and carrots Wok fried with fiery red chillies and lemon grassed, served with streamed Jasmine rice) from Vietnam, within 10 minutes of ordering. Whilst I ate and digested my meal I had a chance to have a good look around and take in the decor. The place was half full but nothing was rushed and or hectic and the vibe was really relaxed. I was only in there for around 30 minutes but the place has really won me over. I will certainly be coming back and can see this as being a good place to go before, during or after a night out in Soho.


I've visited several times East Street for lunch in the past months. Decorated as an asian street food market, it offers great street pan-asian food as soup noodles, wok fried noodles, stir fried and various curries. I've ordered different dishes each time and they were all tasty. The staff is very friendly and takes time to explain you the dishes if you're not familiar with asian food. It's a good place if you need to have a quick lunch at a reasonable price. 

So, East Street restaurant, its become a bit of a regular hang out for us recently. They've added some new dishes to the menu recently that I'm working my way through. So far I'd recommend the Monkfish curry, really really tasty and I'd say good value for £13. The dessert taster platter is an East Asian treat too. Yes please! Re the TimeOut review of the place, not sure what they expected. Yes, if you want the actual real deal get a plane ticket to East Asia, goes without saying really...?

We LOVE his place. The Changmai noodles are fantastic and the decor is very quirky

Had a fantastic dinner at east street. Really don't understand negative comments. Decor really cool Loved the nasi goreng - hit spot - tempura prawns / veg authentic generous portions and delicious. My partner v happy with her food - delicious mixed platter of starters and greatbflavour noodles. Drank cold beer Chilled out V happy! Service v friendly. Ok lt is a bit like wagamama but think wagamama but more colourful, more flavour, more individual.

It's ok and the interior is very cool. But as someone below said, it's really just Wagamama with better decor. If you want better Asian fusion food for the same price I'd tell you to go to Banana Tree Canteen on Wardour Street - it still wouldn't impress anyone from SE Asia but at least you get some flavour.

Quick and quite tasty, if lacking a certain punch. It was nothing to write home about and the venue was low on hubub (it looked nice but wasn't very cosy) but I'd go again.

Love this place, I work just up the road and have been here for lunch a few times now. I took my other half at the weekend too, after raving about the place so much he wanted to try it for himself. To start with the decor is fantastic, a lot of thought has clearly gone into the design. I’d also rate the service highly – fast, friendly and from waiters who bloody well know what they're talking about! Most importantly though, the food is To. Die. For! The dishes I’ve tried so far have been absolutely spot on. I'd recommend the Khao Soi (noodles in a red curry sauce) which is sublime and the corn fritters but my go-to favourite is their Nasi Goreng. Fresh ingredients, beautifully wok fried, fantastic flavours and good portion size. VERY moreish. The starter platter to share is very good too as you get a selection of the best 'small dishes'. I'd say the prices are very reasonable and the lunchtime menu is an absolute bargain. Beats the likes of Wagamama and Busabai Eat Thai hands down.

Had dinner here with a couple of girfriends las tweek: lovely evening. I grew up in Singapore and travelled extensively in Asia: the ambiance took me right back there. Food quality was excellent - Laksa probably one of the best I've tasted in the West and my friends lovedt their Adobo and Chicken Miso Ramen. Staff were super-helpful and genuinely friendly, and we loved the Asian cocktails! Great addition to this part of town north of Oxford St, will become a regular haunt for me.

Don't go to this place. The food is not authentic, portions are very small, and don't be fooled by the cheap decor: it's very pricey. Walk a few minutes toward Euston and there's tons better restaurants around. Total ripoff.

im filipino and my friend is malay-singaporean and boy were we excited when we found out our favorite foods are at this place!! unfortunately, its bland. missing the taste that is true. decor is brilliant. but the food is lacking in any authenticity. AND just to let you know for food to taste good it doesnt need to be expensive. ACTUALLY it should be the opposite cheap massive portions with an asian mother welcoming you in to eat some even though youre stuffed. if youve never tried the real thing and youre hoping to impress that new asian girl youre dating- dont try it here. but if youve never been to SEasia then youre in for a great stimulating environment.

Popped in by myself for lunch. Had Gyoza, Laksa and a Samsung Whisky bucket and reminisced about my travels in Asia. Although I was stuffed halfway through my Laksa, I still kept going back for more. Great service, the waitress was able to answer all of my many questions. Perfect place for a quick bite to eat before or after the cinema. Very reasonable.

Great Pan Asian food at very reasonable price! Love the street market feel/ambiance! As a vegetarian, was excellent to see so many veggie options on the menu. Would love for one to be in the city, especially seeing as it has a take out service. Will be making a return visit very soon.

Went here last night with friends we had the tampopo platter. I ordered the red curry which was very yummy and the somtam was on par with those I tasted in Thailand. My friends all enjoyed their dishes too. Tip: Try the sangsom and coke it comes in a plastic bucket with 2 staws!

Totally and utterly run of the mill. Wagamama practices this concept to much better effect.

An absolute gem of a place. I went for lunch pre launch and had the Chicken Miso Ramen, ramen noodles in a slurpilicious sesame(?) and chilli miso soup, topped with chicken and a boiled egg. Not my usual thing but I would definitely order it again. My group all tried some and were raving about it too. As I said, a gem, it has certainly earnt a place on my list of favourite feeding spots..

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