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The Little Viet Kitchen

Restaurants, Vietnamese Angel
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)

Time Out says

This Chapel Market restaurant is the first premises proper from Thuy Pham-Kelly – the chef behind the wildly successful Vietnamese supper club, Thuy's Viet Kitchen. It proved such a success it was booked up for six months at a time.

The permanent spot is thankfully a little easier to get into, though there's the same focus on dishes paying homage to Pham-Kelly's childhood. Options range from beef wrapped in perilla leaf and lemongrass chicken wings to a coconut poussin curry, beef pho and banh xeo – crispy pancakes here served with belly pork and prawn, tofu and veg or lemongrass chicken.

And if you felt like you missed out on the supper club? They still run it on a monthly basis, using it as a place to test new dishes.

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Address: 2 Chapel Market
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N1 9EZ
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:3
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2 of 2 found helpful

We went there for the first time last Sunday. Great atmosphere, really nice staff, but the highlight is the food.

I'll definitely be back! Give it a try

1 of 1 found helpful
Tastemaker

I am a huge fan of Vietnamese food since my trip to Vietnam a few years back so I was very pleased to hear about this new restaurant opening in Angel. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint! 


I visited with a friend I hadn't seen for a while, and we had a lovely evening catching up over great food at Little Viet Kitchen. The setting was spot on, and the food was delicious and very authentic. We had a spicy minced beef and a prawn scotch egg to start, followed by caramelised pork belly and a poussin noodle bowl. Along with some prawn crackers and a bottle of white, it came to about £85. A bit on the pricey side compared to the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, but definitely a level above quality wise. Highly recommended and I'll be back soon.

1 of 1 found helpful

Excellent food, atmosphere, staff and value. Had the pork spring rolls for starters, crispy yellow pancake which was healthy yet delicious. My friend had beef pho which had really fresh meat and they said tasted wonderful. Had a coconut sherbet mocktail which was amazing. Attentive and friendly staff who do not rush you and who were able to answer questions about particular dishes in detail. The best experience of Vietnamese food I have ever had. Definitely going back :)

tastemaker

A hidden gem in Angel, you wouldn’t expect to come across this hip little Vietnamese restaurant tucked in Chapel Market. I was taken here by friends in the area, and was not disappointed. Small but quality selection of cocktails, and a nice bar area to match. The food was delicious, especially the lemongrass and coconut curry which you can choose to have with beef, chicken, duck, seabass or prawns! All meat here is organic and free range, and the menu is MSG free. Such a beautiful setting to enjoy a quality meal with friends. 

Tastemaker

Absolutely adored this little haven on Chapel Street in Angel, Islington. I had been following their instagram account (@the_little_viet_kitchen) for a while and was rather mesmerised by the gorgeous looking Vietnamese food. Did it live up to expectation? Yes, it absolutely did. 


Firstly, the decor is sweet (a little chintzy and white-wash chic) and the service is lovely. The staff are friendly and informative, without being invasive. The drinks are interesting (we ended up having a boozy cocktail for lunch, just because they sounded so good). I had the sake spritz which had a lovely hit of ginger and was super refreshing. The food is as stunning as it looks online, and I was delighted to find that it tasted good too. The spring roll starters are an absolute must and I'd love to know how to make that dip at home. For main, I had the beef pho which came complete with a piece of bone marrow. I confess that I hate bone marrow so I removed it, and was left with a scrumptious bowl of beef, noodles, fresh greens and broth. 


This has to be my favourite North London spot and I would highly recommend it. 

tastemaker

Beautifully decorated with a mint color palette, the beef rib was fall of the bone tender (altho the curry was too sweet) and the deep fried soft shell was fantastic every bite with crispy shallots and herbs.


Amazingly fresh food served with a smile. And don't miss Thuy's lunch stall on Chapel Market for Vietnamese baquettes, 'Scotch' eggs, and salads.

Tastemaker

The Little Viet Kitchen offers lunch time deals Tues to Fri on Chapel Market from a stall. If the thought of going into the restaurant to pay over £10 for most dishes offends you, then pop to the lunch stall when you can. Here, you can get a noodle salad topped with chicken or tofu for just £5, or one of the specials for £6. Great value, and really great tasting food! You can tell the quality of the ingredients they use, and it's clean fresh flavours are great for a light lunch that's still filling, nutritious and super easy on the wallet!


They also offer for the same price, 3 large summer rolls, or a packed banh mi. I grabbed mine then headed to the local shopping centre at Angel to eat it on a summer day. Perfect lunch break! 

Tastemaker

What a hidden gem! So unexpected as you enter from a busy, dirty street lined with discount stores and multiple fast food outlets to find this beautiful moment of calm at the end of the road. Such beautiful decoration, feels really tranquil and like you are on holiday and not 5 mins from Angel tube! Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Daily specials available and everything is a very high standard. We had the APPLE CLOUD?? non alcoholic cocktails - they were divine. The 'scotch egg' (made from prawns instead of sausage meat) was inventive and somewhere close to perfection. I could have eaten several of them! Mains also did not disappoint - the chicken fell from the bone and was succulent and truly melt in the mouth. My friends and I had a wonderful evening and part of me wants to keep this a secret but I feel it's only fair on the restaurant to share! Enjoy. 

0 of 1 found helpful

We finally managed to get a table during the soft launch. First step in the restaurant, feel very good, nice atmosphere, ambience, music and chandelier decoration. Warm welcome from the English gentlemen, we sat down and looked into the menu. We ordered Summer roll, spring roll, salad, pancake, Pho and Vermicelli noodle. I assume they still haven't got into routine of preparing food, therefore they all came in different times, one main course  arrived before starters...we were fine with that. Looking at the Summer roll and spring rolls beautifully decorated, i could not wait to tuck in, the summer rolls are fresh but lacking flavours, and served with mixed fish sauce was a real disappointment, supposed to be Hoisin dipping sauce, and the fish sauce was very blank. Then came the spring roll, this is not Vietnamese, wrapped in Chinese pastry roll, another disappointment, the filling lacking sweetness and tardiness, blank for me. Vermicelli noodle bowl was generous but the pork and fish sauce were let down!


All in all, without discount, it s expensive and the food isn't for a Vietnamese taste, very Westernised in my opinion !!!

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