Not far from the Hackney Picturehouse, this smallish but quite smart venue seems to get plenty of business from local Vietnamese. So much so that on a fine day the prime tables on the pavement are usually occupied by groups of Vietnamese men, drinking and talking. Many of them may be associated with the restaurant’s takeaway business, which focuses largely on common Chinese dishes.
Hai-Ha does, however, have quite a substantial Vietnamese repertoire. Cha ca la vong (named after a Hanoi restaurant that has served only this one dish for several generations) was a real treat; it consisted of grilled fish (here monkfish) marinated in turmeric, cooked with dill and spring onion, then topped with chopped peanuts. Seafood bun huế (noodle soup) was tasty and refreshing even on a very hot day.
This is more than can be said for the bottle of sparkling water, which was unrefrigerated and came with a glass still warm from the dishwasher; rather grudgingly, a small amount of ice was brought. Thankfully, the Saigon beer was chilled to perfection.
206 Mare Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 5.30-11pm Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-11pm Sat, Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Hackney Central rail or bus 48, 55, 253, 277, D6; Bus: 48, 55, 253, 277, D6|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£8. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge|
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DANGER FOOD POISONING
My wife and I are here for the first time and the next day both of us were projectile. Vomiting and Bed ridden food poisoning can seriouslyyour health, especially in young children food poisoning can be life threatening-
luckily just ten minutes walk down mare st are a collection Vietnamese restaurants where the food is much better and whom have clean kitchens and don't give food poisoning to their customers!
So delicious. I love this place.
So simple and pretty cheap for how much delicious food you get. The people who work here are so sweet. Highly highly recommended.
Try their pancakes ;)
Another A-M-A-Z-I-N-G lunch at the lovely Hai Ha with my extended Family this lunchtime in Mare Street.
Greeted as always by the lovely Mandy and her beautiful beaming smile, we ordered our usual spread of Chilli Squid, Chilli & Lemongrass Beef, Crispy Aromatic Duck, Spring Rolls & Singapore Noodles which as always was the BEST it ever tasted bursting with the incredible fresh flavours and zingy punches on my tongue!
Always more than a special treat to eat there already looking forward to our next visit at the end of the month.
Cant recommend Hai Ha enough amazing food and shockingly good value for money!!
A total gem.it faces a lot of competition but it was one of the originals and seems to always surpass the others.i cannot fault it.great value,great food and ok despite a bit of a makeover ,it is never going to be grand dinning.but for 20odd quid you can can have a great meal for two
The owner is often there and takes great pride in her profession and possession .any problems ,just speak to her