Near to Finchley Central station, this establishment is very much a café: rather boxy, very brightly lit and with the tables set a little too close to one another. The owners try to lift the ambience with vases of flowers on each table (yet don’t necessarily ensure the blooms are alive and unbroken). Service is very courteous and attentive – possibly overly so.
Communication can be a problem, as one young waiter with halting English misunderstood our order, so we had to cancel one dish when another that we’d already decided against turned up on its own. And when what seemed to be the senior waiter was asked for the names of the herbs in the dishes, he admitted to having absolutely no idea. The food, though, was very good and the menu surprisingly extensive and interesting.
DIY minced eel wraps, rich in those mysterious herbs, were a delight, and duck curry in a clay pot was quite delicious. One little touch that did impress was the prompt and unbidden arrival of glasses of iced tap water as we were seated – a practice that other restaurants would do well to copy.
|Venue name:||Vy Nam Café||Contact:|
371 Regents Park Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 5-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-11pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Finchley Central|
|Price:||Main courses £6.80-£13. Set lunch (Mon-Fri) £6.50 1 course|
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Good food if you know what to order. The fish/meat is great but the noodle/rice dishes are overloaded with tasteless noodles and rice- far too much stodge and not much flavour or fresh veg.
had alot of vietnamese food in from real one freshly cooked at home to expansive restaurants, that cafe is amaizing food is briliant taste fresh, stauff is friendly even tho they dont speak much english it makes this place even more autantic recomand
I have to say that I have to agree with everything Euan Fergerson has said, beautifully put! Although I found that the menu was initially confusing simply because I was not familiar with the food. However the staffs have no hesitation to recommend the lovely dishes to suit your individual taste, just tell them what you like. I particularly loved the different varieties of pancakes at this gorgeous little restaurant hidden away in Finchley. I think Vietnamese is the new Thai, Chinese and Malaysian! Give this lovely Vietnamese Restaurant a chance, you won't regret it!
We have traveled through London to eat at this restaurant, but it was definitely worth while. The food is fantastic, the service exceptional and it is affordable too! A little gem in North London - definitely worth a visit!