Tay Do Restaurant

Restaurants, Vietnamese Hoxton

The guys behind this Kingsland Road Vietnamese restaurant must be doing something right - they've got another venue (Tay Do Café) just down the road. As with most of the Pho Mile spots the focus is firmly on the food - we're miles away from fine dining frippery.

There's certainly plenty of choice here. Dishes range from summer rolls, char-grilled lamb cutlets in chilli and lemongrass to green papaya salads, sour soup with mekong catfish, spicy frog's legs, pho noodle soups and deep fried sea bream with salt, lemongrass and chilli. 

It's unlicensed but diners are welcome to bring their own bottles, with a corkage charge of £1 per person. Soft options include fresh juices, homemade lemonade, green tea and Vietnamese coffee. 

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Tay Do Restaurant says
The name ‘Tay Do’ comes from a city in south Vietnam, which is now known as ‘Can Tho’.

Our menu contains many south Vietnamese dishes, such as hu tieu noodle soup, as well as many grilled dishes where you can wrap your food in rice paper (from the floating market of Can Tho).

As well as many south Vietnamese dishes, we've also taken inspiration from classic street food dishes such as the traditional pho noodle soup and also the Vietnamese pancake. Using the finest ingredients and the knowledge from our expert chefs who have had more than 30 years' experience, we aim to capture the aromatic flavours of Vietnam.

Tay Do Restaurant follows on from the huge success of Tay Do Café, which opened in 2008.
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Venue name: Tay Do Restaurant
Address: 60-64 Kingsland Road
E2 8DP
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I have visited many Vietnamese restaurants and this one was definitely bottom of my list. I can put up with rubbish decor (visit Mein Tay in Clapham Junction) but what I cant put up with is food which was just a bit 'meh'. 

We always order summer rolls and in Tay Do they seemed too chewy. As if they were left on the side for slightly too long. Also I thought they were stingy with the amount of prawns they put in the summer rolls. Also everything tasted slightly too oily, too watery or too salty. 

The waiter was attentive despite he himself trying to finish his food and trying to swallow the last bit before taking our order. 

This place isnt bad bad its just not great. 


Good food and great value for money. Staff are really friendly and helpful. One of my favourite restaurants among the pho mile especially for takeaway.


Sadly places like this one are going to lose business if they don't smarten themselves up a little and improve the quality of their food to keep up with the competition. London is a far more gastronomic place than it was 10 years ago and customers are now a little bit more discerning about their food. Whereas before a restaurant could get away with being something different to your typical curry house, Italian or pub grub; now we can get any cuisine, anywhere and at any time.

Therefore, whilst there was nothing particularly wrong with our meal here last night, there was just nothing particularly great about it. Having been on a mission lately to sample the variety of Vietnamese restaurants in the area, I conclude that this was well below par. The summer rolls, which I usually love and have been sampling in each place, were simple strips of tofu and lettuce, at over £5 a pair too. Iceburg lettuce as well, the cheek of it, not a herb in site.

The main dishes we chose, spicy tofu with veg and a plate of mixed vegetables, which came with tofu anyway, and no additional flavour, were just boring. That's all. Not untasty, not badly done, just dull.

Having spent a month in Vietnam, I know when I've hit a good restaurant in London because the flavours transport me back to the Ho Chi Minh City, or if it's really great, the beaches of Mui Ne. This place transported me back to a 'Chinese' restaurant in the 90s.

Sorry Tay Do, your staff were sweet and you seemed concerned that we had everything we needed, but I think you really have to start delivering what you say you do on your restaurant banner - Athentic Vietnamese Cuisine - tasty, fresh and full of flavour.

 Awful place. Bland food, no flavour, zero service. One dish we ordered never showed up, and we got tired of trying to get the staff's attention, only to be ignored. I didn't really fancy using the old, 'stand up and shout Oi!' technique. It didn't stop them trying to add it to the bill though. Then being told that they only take cash at the end really took the biscuit. After I left my date on her own, wandering up the road looking for a working cash machine, I got angry and walked back to ask where the nearest one was, only to be told that I could pay by card at the bar. Tax dodge? Possibly, but still poor customer service. As for the food? Well, I suppose if you like dinner that only has flavour if you smother it with the ketchups on the table, then this is the place for you. Wasn't cheap either.

One of Vietnamese restaurant has been trustful in shorditch. I love to come their with my own drink. Excellent starters: fresh summer rolls, grill beff on betel Leefs, nem nuong(grill mince fork), there are one of my favourite...would recommend.

Come here all the time, always great. Organised a group dinner of 15 or so recently and was surprised to see a few bad reviews. The people who answer the phone cant speak english but they know the basics to book a table. Dinner with a large group went perfectly. Service was fast and all our meals came out at the same time. Cheap, BYO and tasty as hell. £200 for 14 people - starters, mains and corkage - about £13 each! Was a great night and everyone LOVED the food.