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Mien Tay

Restaurants, Vietnamese Clapham Junction
4 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)
Ming Tang Evans Mien Tay

Time Out says

A Battersea branch of the Vietnamese restaurant. 



Address: 180 Lavender Hill
SW11 5TQ
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail or 77, 87, 156, 345 bus
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:8
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:4
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The best Vietnamese in London, great friendly service. Everyone I take to eat at Mien Tay is amazed by the fried Sea bream with mango and fish sauce. Its lip smacking amazing!!!

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Fabulous food, very reasonably priced. A continued favourite.

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I eat here around 2 times a month as it is just next door. I very rarely sit in and always get take away - I find that the service is much more pleasant and you still get the great quality food. Mien Tay spring rolls are amazing followed by the beef in black bean sauce with beansprouts and noodles. Also all for such a great price. I love this place, I just wish that when you sit in the service was a bit friendlier from certain members of staff!

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I've been here a few times and absolutely love it. Yummy food, quick service and pretty cheap too. What more could you want?

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I love this place, being brought up with Vietnamese food its sometime difficult to eat out things you can make at home. Mien Tay does such great dishes you just don't have to worry about that. The Pho is clear and flavourful with just the right amount of meat, the fried fish with mango and fish sauce is great for two or more to share. Its a shame that Time Out have classified it as a Thai restaurant as its definitely Vietnamese!!!!!


Went for a midweek meal with friends and all of us came away stuffed full and very satisfied. The menu is pages long, so there's a lot to choose, from salad and curry to phos and chargrills. Everything we had was delicious, even the special fried rice that was packed full of meat. The goat clay pot curry was creamy and peanutty with lots of flavour, and the pho is possibly one of the best in London. 

Service is swift but friendly, and good value for money. 


Mien Tay serves more unusual Vietnamese dishes, all really tasty. You can't book so best rock up in smaller group otherwise it could be a long wait. The chicken crispy pancake was really tasty and light and a great dish to share with mates, the morning glory vegetable dish was so tasty and had great flavour. Wasn't sure about the frog's legs but it wasn't that bad, I was just a bit of a culinary wimp. The prawns in tamarind sauce was delicious as was the mango salad with beef and monkfish curry. It was all good. Mien Tay does serve well known favourites such as Pho and fresh rolls but it also offers something different. It's true the customer service is rather no nonsense which is adopted by quite a lot of Asian restaurants but it's worth it. It's great value for money.


I was so glad when I had heard that Mien Tay had set up shop down south - it’s a solid restaurant for vietnamese cuisine and as good as their Kingsland Road branch(es); becoming a go to for me down south.

We had the classic beef pho, salt and pepper squid and the summer rolls - always fresh, great value for money and great flavour. Expect efficient, quick, and no fuss service; great food (do try the whole fried fish - it’s delicious) and will never fail you when you’re hangry.

Tip: this is a get in and get out sort of place with no fuss service.

Good For: small groups, cheap and cheerful, quick meals, catching up with friends.

Very terrible service, the old bald man seems rude and has no sense of customer service . The foods are average but they seems arrogant , never go back again


Mien Tay dishes up really tasty Vietnamese fare at great prices, but don’t expect service with a smile. This simple restaurant near Clapham Junction is a hit with locals – myself included. The food never lets you down, with some more unusual options on the menu for when you’re feeling adventurous - make sure you try the stir fried goat and char-grilled quail. However, this is somewhere to go for a quick casual bite, not for the whole 'restaurant experience'. The waiters are borderline rude and very abrupt. Starters are snatched from your table the moment you’ve taken your last bite. However, considering the quality of the food and the prices, it’s worth a visit.


This is one of my firm favourites in Clapham Junction and one of the very few places that doesnt whack on 12.5% service charge. Its hard to get in here in the evenings so be prepared to wait and also pay in cash. The waiter can be slightly rude but I guess that adds to the charm.Whatever you do, dont order Summer Rolls. The partner got a good lecture, that they only sell Fresh Rolls. Anyway I recommend the papaya salad with chilli beef and also the pho in the evening has more flavour, probably because its been boiling since lunchtime. 

It's probably one of the best Asian options around the area although I have tried better. The place is very familiar and cozy, you will probably be sharing table with other visitors. Portions are quite big and the menu offer is massive, more than 140 dishes to pick out from. 

Totally OBSESSED with their salt, pepper and garlic squid. I can't get enough of it. I could definitely eat it daily and quite possibly for every meal. Hands down the best crispy squid in London.

Ive eaten there a few times and thought I'd give it another go since last time the service wasn't good. I popped in on my own for lunch, they weren't particularly busy and I was seated and ordered a beer whilst browsing the menu. The service here has never been warm, and I had the same waiter that had given us the worst of service in the past. I asked him what was in the Duck Salad? "Duck and salad!" he snapped. Genius! So, I asked what type of salad? "Green salad!" I could tell that I was dealing with a true master, on top form. As I'd skipped breakfast and was likely to miss supper I ordered 3 starters, grilled eel, spring rolls, and a raw beef salad (thankfully I already knew what was in this salad) and although i wanted a bowl of Pho for main course I held off, as I know they have a habit of bringing everything to the table at the same time. One of the ladies at the table next to me tried very politely to get his attention "WHAT!" he snarled at her and shrugged his shoulders, turning and walking off toward the kitchen. The eel was decent, a version of salt and pepper style which I wasn't expecting but I liked anyway, the raw beef salad was amazing, beefy, oniony, hot, sweet and sour with crunchy peanuts, I could have eaten 3 servings of this alone. But the spring rolls weren't good at all, skinny little Brillo pads of vermicelli, overfried and with almost no filling, which was a shame because there was plenty of lettuce and fresh herbs (all GREEN, to my surprise) to wrap them in. I ordered the Pho and asked for it after I had finished my starters, but 5 minutes later it appeared, was plonked on the table and a half finished plate of eel removed. When I called the waiter back he spun around, glared and, true to form, spat "WHAT!" at me. When I told him i wasn't finished that plate too was lobbed back on the table. When I finally got to it the pho was delicious, fragrant, plenty of herbs, beansprouts and chilli to dunk in. I'm not one to let someones attitude spoil my experience, and the food overall was pretty good, but we shouldn't have to put up with poor service and shitty attitude. If it had been a first time I would have blindly put it down to the guy having a bad day, but it wasn't, and every time this waiter has been deliberately rude and aggressive. If not for that it would have been a decent 4.

I love Mien Tay and me and my partner are regulars - the food is delicious. Personal favourite is the crispy pancake with prawn, pork and beanspoats, my partner loves the quail and we both love the pho which they serve with loads of fresh herbs. I know the service can seem a little 'rough and ready' which is annoying at times but it's not an expensive place and they have a high turnover of customers due to demand. The only thing that has been getting to me recently is that they don't give you change even when you leave a lot more than the bill and we end up having to ask for it! Me and my partner are good tippers but when faced with the assumption that we're going to tip 20%+ and having to ask for our change and wait a long time for it - last time we left nothing! They need to learn from this and treat their customers properly!

Having been to the East London restaurant on numerous occasions after seeing Time Out's review thought would give Battersea version a try. Thought it would be the same but with better service. How wrong. Service was ok but staff distant and cold. The place lacked soul. Rather grim experience. Food was fine but initially they didn't have the dish i wanted bcoz they said they had no tofu as it had to be imported from abroad. Never heard that b4 and never had a problem at the Old street branch. Wouldn't recommend. The best Mien Tay is near Old Street and i'm an adopted south londoner.

Absolutely shocking service. Rude waiters not listening to us meant every dish we ordered came out at the same time. Even though I pointed this out not one of them apologised and instead just tried to squeeze them all in on the table leading them to take one of the dishes away. After our plates were finished they quickly took them and produced a bill without us requesting it, or asking us if we wanted any other food or drink. The bill included the starter dish I didn't even eat which they then bought over just as I went to ask why it had been included... still no apology. Needless to say I didn't leave service. Get a take away to avoid the horrendous service.

The food is a hit - the service is chaotic and all over the place.

I went to Mien Tay last night and was surprised to find they have a wine list that recommends wine with matching dishes. I had not heard about this and it was amazing! We love Mien Tay anyway and then to have a wine that goes perfectly just makes everything 100% more amazing!! What is really good is the wines are all available by glass and are really cheap, we always just get lots of starters so in theory you could get a different wine for each dish. Can't wait to go back and try more matches.

This was the worst service I have ever had. Rude waiters, I was interupted at least twice when tryign to order. Food came out late, by the time I got it everyone else had finished eating and there was no apology. The duck dish with rice was horrible. Really dissapointing.

There are only a few places i really look forward to going to in the Clapham Junction area, and this is definitely one of them. I have been to the sister restaurant on Kingsland Road (look at me i am so well travelled!) whichIi feel has a little more charm being narrow and intimate, but this location still maintains the fantastic food. The salt, pepper and garlic squid may not pure Vietnamese, but it is crispy and tender. The goat is great and the beef with lemongrass and chilli also hits the spot. This is the only place I have ever had fresh rolls, which for me have all the delight of the spring rolls while leaving you spritely enough to continue gorging happily. Having said that the Vietnamese spring rolls are lighter and crunchier than any Chinese counterparts I have had in London (including Royal China and Wing Yip). Finally the deep fried whole seabass with ginger, lemongrass chili and mango is amazing. If you plan to head there between 18:30-20:30 either book or expect a wait. This place used to be a little known treasure, but the secret is out. This place now has a license and you can pick up a 330ml beer for 2.50 and wine is reasonable, but it is still BYOB if you fancy increasing the savings.

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