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Hanoi Café

Restaurants, Vietnamese Hoxton
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Hanoi Café

Time Out says

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’ restaurant. 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.



Address: 98 Kingsland Road
E2 8DP
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail then 149, 242 bus/Old Street tube/rail then 243 bus. Overground Hoxton Overground
Price: Main courses £7.30-£11; beers £3.60; wine from £4.20 a glass; BYOB £2.50 per person (subject to conditions)
Opening hours: Daily noon-4pm & 5.30-11pm
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Users say (6)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Hanoi Cafe is one of my favourites along the Vietnamese mile. The restaurant is small which makes it feel homely. Food is decent and well priced. Service is lovely. I have eaten here before on Christmas Eve and the atmosphere was lovely. I ordered a whiskey and ginger beer and they even grated real ginger into the drink - doesn't get much fresher than that!


Love the atmosphere in this place! Pictures on the walls, felt much more cozy than other Vietnamese places on the road. Unfortunately, the food was only ok. Bit too sweet and the summer rolls included fried onions, that combination is really not up my alley.


Great Vietnamese Cafe with a lovely family feel, understated, simple and felt very authentic. I particularly loved the fact that the Vietnamese lady (boss?) encouraged us to pronounce the names of the dishes properly and confidently recommended foods for us to try that were bang on.

We had summer rolls (I will never not have summer rolls in a Vietnamese place) to start, which came with a delicious sauce. Then went on to share a tofu hot pot, which was sizzlingly delicious, ginger spiced veg and coconut rice. 

Everything tasted fab - I definitely want to return.


I completely agree with Ella B and wonder why there aren't enough reviews for Hanoi Cafe. A great little family owned Vietnamese cafe with authentic food. Especially the tilapia - a definite must-try on the menu, my preference is with chilli and lemongrass :) Really great food, for such affordable prices.

why are there no reviews for Hanoi Cafe? it has been around for years and is such a great little cafe.  Great for a get together or a quiet noodle soup.  quality food and not crazy prices.  

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.

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